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    Hey folks. Was wondering what sort of entertainment streaming services everyone is using (if using)...and if there are some really good free/low cost services out there that we should check out.

    Currently I mostly use Netflix, Amazon Prime video, and I've explored a bunch of free services (but most have been disappointing due to limited content or most of the content is really really old and of poor quality).

    What is everyone using? Would be great hear about some new stuff to explore!

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    I also use both Netflix and Amazon Prime video. I am also interested in knowing what others use for home streaming use. I'm leaning towards Hulu, right now.
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    Hulu is another decent pay/month option...but when I browse the Hulu library...doesn't seem all that much different than Netflix & Amazon Prime video. Like most of these services Hulu will have some "teaser" content (interesting new releases)...but after you watch them...then it's similar to Netfilix/Amazon.

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    I live in Thailand where Netflix became available a few years back. The offerings are not as extensive as in the US, but plenty to watch. I tried the local (to Asia) iFlix, but it didn't end up having much I wanted to see. I tried Amazon Prime Video, but when I found that one of the shows I really wanted to watch (The Man In The High Castle) was "not available in your area" I dumped Amazon. Neither Hulu nor CBS All Access is available here.

    So, for now, it's just Netflix for us. I'm very happy to pay for my entertainment. But, if they won't sell it to me….

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    Why not use a VPN which would give you the ability to be anywhere you wish? Many folks who live in countries outside of the US use a VPN so that they can have access to those movies and shows which normally are only available to US residents.

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    Using a VPN to defeat geographic licensing restrictions is no less a form of piracy than downloading from a bit torrent site. Either way, you're stealing.

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    There might be some licensing restrictions, although I believe most restrictions in certain areas are usually due to censorship. Besides, if you pay for something how can that be classified as piracy? A bit torrent site is different in that a person downloads a movie, software, etc, in order to avoid payment.

    Our forums actually restrict certain IP address groups because of the amount of spam and illegal activity that's generated from those areas. We often receive email from individuals from those areas who ask why they can't register. Most are ex-pats like yourself living abroad. Our recommendation to them is to access our forums via a VPN. I know that's different from our initial discussion but thought I'd mention it.

    Anyway, the choice to use a VPN is up to you. It was only a suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Besides, if you pay for something how can that be classified as piracy?
    Here's how. Let's say Netflix licenses a show from the BBC called "Crown of Thrones", but the license only allows Netflix to make the show available to its US customers. BBC also licenses "Crown of Thrones" to iFlix which is licensed to make it available to its customers in Thailand and Malaysia.

    You live in Thailand and subscribe to Netflix but are unhappy that "Crown of Thrones" is not available to you. So, you use a VPN to "pretend" you are in the US. But, in doing so you have deprived iFlix of the opportunity to sell the show to you, a licensing right that it paid for. Maybe you don't see that as theft, but I'm sure iFlix would feel differently about it because you have, in effect, stolen from them the right to make a sale.

    And, yes, I do use a VPN both for privacy and to get around some of the draconian censorship imposed by the current Thai military junta.

    (And, BTW, I had to use a VPN to post this reply. No idea why.)

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    I'm not a great TV watcher, but do rarely use Amazon but only because I have a Prime subscription.

    Without that I doubt I'd use it at all.
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    I use a VPN to access Australian news content because it is blocked for censorship reasons in Indonesia. I also use it for security reasons eg online banking and email. Indonesia blocks quite a lot of news services and I'm using it now for obvious reasons.
    What I am watching is free to air content in Australia so I'm not stealing anyone's revenue.


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    None!

    Which is probably a sad reflection on my wife and me.

    It's not the subscription cost, it's not the lack of availability of services or providers. We just know that in a world of almost unlimited choice, we'd never find the time/energy/patience to watch even a tiny fraction of what's on offer.

    On the other hand, we do lead a very happy, adventurous and rewarding life - or so we feel.

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    There is a form of Netflix here but it's highly censored and you need to be Indonesian to subscribe. Telkomsel provides a package called IndiHome which we do have but it only allows access to Amazon and Hulu via subscription. I have a MiBox which gives me access to You Tube via VPN and the Australian content previously mentioned. Other than that I would be limited to bootleg DVD's.


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    I might add there are only bootleg DVD's here. So Aussie content which is fine is about all we watch. SBS has great European movies and documentaries and You Tube has pretty much everything else.


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    Funny, I was thinking of just a thread like this while sleeping.

    The main paid accounts I use are:
    -Netflix(free with Tmobile),
    -Amazon Prime,
    -Hulu(free with Spotify account),
    -Spotify,
    -2 streaming boxes that I don't want to name

    My cable and internet bill last month was $19X.XX. This month, it will be $45. Cut the cable and internet after WOW kept increasing the monthly prices. Now, I just have "internet".
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    Thanks Iggi.

    If you "cut the cable & internet"...how/where are you getting internet for $45...and what sort of speed plan does that $45 plan have (upload/download)?

    Thanks,

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