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Recommendations for Free or low-cost Online TV and Movie Providers?
6/30/12 | vanity

Posted on 06/30/2012 3:06:36 PM PDT by bigbob

I'd appreciate suggestions for online streaming TV and movie providers (other than biggies like Netflix or those from specific cable systems). I've watched a Hulu at times and I think it is legit, but Google turns up a lot of garbage that really looks questionable, or sites that ask for personal information that feel like scams. I'm not a huge TV watcher so it's not worth inviting viruses and malware or putting up with time limits and poor quality feeds.

I'm willing to pay a reasonable fee for a service or site that would allow me to watch classic TV series especially from the 1960s to present.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: movies; onlinetv; streaming; vanity
As always, I'm sure FReepers have explored the alternatives and have the best recommendations!
1 posted on 06/30/2012 3:06:47 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

Try www.cinevault.com There are some fine classic movies, documentaries, and B movie junk from the 40s and 50s that can be fun if you are in the right mood. Free.


2 posted on 06/30/2012 3:09:58 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: bigbob

Crackle has a few movies. It’s free and legit. Youtube has a lot of free movies as well.


3 posted on 06/30/2012 3:12:38 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: bigbob

interested


4 posted on 06/30/2012 3:15:06 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: bigbob

Bookmark for later.


5 posted on 06/30/2012 3:21:13 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: bigbob

ping


6 posted on 06/30/2012 3:22:00 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: bigbob

try Justin.tv or icefilms.info and tvduck.com


7 posted on 06/30/2012 3:23:10 PM PDT by eglman
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To: bigbob

Hulu, Netflix


8 posted on 06/30/2012 3:28:12 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: bigbob

Check your mail.

If you have any questions on how to use those sites, feel free to ask. They can be a little tricky at first.

If you would rather just have a direct link to a movie (Promethius/Brave/Lincoln/Avengers) etc, Cable channel (HBO,Conemax/Showtime/Disney Espn etc) or TV show, (Seinfeld, Star Treks, CSI, Psyche, etc) feel free to ask.

Many of the sites have chat on the sides to fit in the “for discussion purposes” clause of the copyright law. Pretty weak but thats their shtick. Cool thing is no downloading files. Just click and watch like Youtube. The first one you do need to download the player to watch in HD.

Cable free for over a year now!


9 posted on 06/30/2012 3:29:01 PM PDT by icwhatudo (This is not a choice between Romney&Reagan-Its between Romney & most radical leftist Pres in history)
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To: bigbob

Get a jail broken apple tv 2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/APPLE-TV-2-JAILBROKEN-5-1-1-UNTETHERED-XBMC-Navi-x-1channel-Icefilms-HULU-/180918235706?pt=US_Internet_Media_Streamers&hash=item2a1f91323a


10 posted on 06/30/2012 3:30:18 PM PDT by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: bigbob

It can actually be cheaper to buy used DVDs than fuss with streaming or rentals.

For example, gohastings.com has an enormous selection of $2 movies, used but in pretty good condition, with 98 cents shipping per item.

That’s about the same as the large $3 selection you can get at Big Lots!

Now granted that is more than streaming or rental, but you get to keep the legal movie. So if you really like a movie, why not?


11 posted on 06/30/2012 3:30:18 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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bfl


12 posted on 06/30/2012 3:36:29 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: bigbob

I’ve thought about this a lot. I’ve got Dish, along with WIFI through DSL connected through Dish to my HD TV. The problem is access is strangely cumbersome and complicated with no keyboard, etc. Putting a ‘system’ (for a TV) together that works as well as watching stuff on a DSL connected PC is the goal. Of course, access to various Cable stations is wanted and that appears to require a Cable or Satellite connection and cost.

We watch probably a dozen channels - that’s it. It’s sad to pay $100+ per month for that limited viewing.


13 posted on 06/30/2012 3:38:15 PM PDT by unique1
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To: bigbob

Netflix streaming is $8/mo.

Amazon offers streaming if you sign up for their Premium account at $80/year.

Hulu Plus is about $8/month.

Youtube did/does have a section of old movies and TV shows, but you have to dig around to find them.

Your Internet provider, if cable, may offer movies/Tv On Demand and online.

TVGuide.com has links to online TV programs. Many of theirs are links to Hulu, however.

Windows7 and/or Windows Media Center has an InternetTV section that connects to several network offerings.


14 posted on 06/30/2012 3:39:54 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

***That’s about the same as the large $3 selection you can get at Big Lots!***

I was at a local thrift store not long ago and found a whole case of DVDs. Most not opened. I don’t know where they got them but there were some old movies I had been trying to find for years! Some foreign films. I hit a bonanza and bought 19 of them before I left the store.

Some of the movies...
STALINGRAD
THE LOST BATALLION
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1979 color)
TORA TORA TORA
MIDWAY
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (the musical) They also had that Robert Englund version which I did not buy as it was terrible.
KHARTOUM
PATTON
THE RED TENT


15 posted on 06/30/2012 3:48:14 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: bigbob

CBS has its entire catalog on line for free — Dragnet, Start Trek TOS and hundreds more...


16 posted on 06/30/2012 3:48:14 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Guns Walked -- People Died -- Holder Lied -- Obama Golfed (thanks, Secret Agent Man))
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Forgot to mention they were $3.00 each.


17 posted on 06/30/2012 3:49:31 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: bigbob

Get a Roku. Subscribe to Netflix streaming and Hulu. The Roku will let you seamlessly access your subscriptions plus a lot of other very interesting free stuff - such as Russian TV and Al Jazeera, which believe it or not are probably a better source for news than the mainstream US networks.


18 posted on 06/30/2012 3:52:58 PM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: achilles2000

Bookmarked. Thanks for the link. I love old movies.


19 posted on 06/30/2012 3:57:53 PM PDT by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: bigbob

I’ve been VERY happy with Netflix streaming for $8.00 a month. There’s more there than I could watch in a lifetime of 24/7 viewing.

In particular I like documentaries (Ken Burns, e.g.), National Geo, BBC series (Doctor Who, Foyle’s War, Sherlock, Island at War, Downton Abbey e.g.), some TV shows like Madmen, classic movies, foreign films, and biographical fiction.

Plenty of stuff there to keep me entertained while DH watches the Phillies lose.

They usually offer a free month trial period, then you could cancel if you don’t like it.


20 posted on 06/30/2012 4:04:14 PM PDT by randita
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To: camle

for later


21 posted on 06/30/2012 4:04:53 PM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger; bigbob
bttt for roku + netflix.

only real issue is live sports...anyone have a good link for live sports? sometimes I use espn3 w/ laptop and HDMI cable to display on TV.

22 posted on 06/30/2012 4:10:23 PM PDT by HonkyTonkMan
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To: bigbob

Old tv programs such as “Shotgun Slade (they call it ShotGun Network)or “Sgt. Preston” or “Jim Bowie” and others at: http://tubtub.com/ .

For Movies try : http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline


23 posted on 06/30/2012 4:13:34 PM PDT by djone ("engage not the witless nor the porcine in mire")
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To: bigbob

http://free-classic-tv-shows.com/

Legit. I like to download the shows and watch them later using VLC.


24 posted on 06/30/2012 4:13:40 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: bigbob
Lots of TV shows and clips on IMDB.com Hulu has TV shows as well.
25 posted on 06/30/2012 4:16:21 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: bigbob
You can watch shows on Amazon, too.
26 posted on 06/30/2012 4:17:47 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: bigbob

Cancelled our cable last year. There are several sites that are usable but be cautious.
http://eztvstream.ch/

http://www.tv-links.eu/

http://www.tubeplus.me/browse/tv-shows/Last/ALL/

I’m always looking for more as well.


27 posted on 06/30/2012 4:17:47 PM PDT by housemom1952
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To: bigbob

And free over the air TV with an antenna!

It’s great: METV for ‘60s shows, and all- HD live and network shows.


28 posted on 06/30/2012 4:22:01 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: housemom1952

There are several sites that are usable but be cautious.

Boy, did I learn a big lesson! Youtube said my movie was free if I registered for Free Christian Movies.
The registration took me to a porn chat and immediately started loading malware. Fortunately, I discovered it was loading stuff without my permission.
I shut everything down, ran MalWareBites twice, and will be a lot more cautious in future!


29 posted on 06/30/2012 4:28:43 PM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: rabidralph

About three months ago I started watching free movies and British TV series using my Amazon prime membership. I never watch tv anymore. The problem with Amazon is that you start watching a tv series that is free and when you get to the last few seasons they start charging $7.99 an episode.


30 posted on 06/30/2012 4:44:57 PM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: bigbob

of course I got called away just after posting this, but thanks to all for your suggestions, will check ‘em out!


31 posted on 06/30/2012 4:46:10 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: WestwardHo

While MWB is good, I would also run Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D when you have had a “partial infection”. Between the three you are pretty well assured that any nasties have been purged, including those that are running.

A big irony is that few of these programs will root out the deepest stuff, that is likely either government installed or advanced hacking. For this you actually have to get counter-hacking software written by hackers. This is very hard to find unless you know the programmer, as getting it off the Internet would be suicidal.


32 posted on 06/30/2012 4:54:45 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Thank you. I run Comodo, as well.


33 posted on 06/30/2012 5:03:10 PM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: bigbob

Thanks for posting the question.


34 posted on 06/30/2012 5:17:36 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: WestwardHo

I run Comodo


People don’t call the police on you? How do you keep from “flopping”?

we use dvdswap.com I think it is. wife just gets what I ask for and gets rid of what I don’t want to keep. works out well.


35 posted on 06/30/2012 5:17:48 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: cableguymn

People don’t call the police on you? How do you keep from “flopping”?

What is “flopping”?

I got stung on my movie thing because I rarely watch movies.
Usually a few youtube segments of something I saw 30 years ago makes me happy.


36 posted on 06/30/2012 5:35:12 PM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: All
I have found some entertaining material here.
37 posted on 06/30/2012 5:40:36 PM PDT by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: WestwardHo

Comando is another word for with out undies... or at least I think it is ;)

You could probably figure out the floppy bit..


38 posted on 06/30/2012 5:58:03 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: bigbob

The Top 100+ Funniest Movies of All Time

http://www.rd.com/advice/the-top-100-funniest-movies-of-all-time/


39 posted on 06/30/2012 6:29:19 PM PDT by djone ("democrat: one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses")
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To: Spunky

Ping for later.


40 posted on 06/30/2012 6:59:00 PM PDT by Spunky
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To: TomGuy

I’ve tried all three (actually have all three at the current time [Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon streaming]) ... and there’s no question about it - Netflix is, by far, the best choice to make on those three.

I’m going to drop Hulu Plus and I have the Amazon account for other reason and it’s for a year, anyway.

No one beats Netflix ... that’s the bottom-line.


41 posted on 06/30/2012 7:00:05 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler
Yeah, we got Netflix and the daughter got hulu+ and we share accounts.

Netflix is MUCH better. Hulu+ has commercials. About 6 commercials for an hour of programming. Ikeep telling her, if I want to watch commercials, I'll watch network tv.

To the OP, grab a Roku from Radio Shack or other retailer for 70 bucks and get netflix for $8/mo. Can't be beat. THOUSANDS of titles to choose from without the $100/mo for 2-300 channels of which you'll watch maybe 20 often and another 20 infrequently and the other 150 not at all.

Roku + Netflix = viable solution

42 posted on 06/30/2012 7:15:25 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica; bigbob
Roku + Netflix = viable solution

I would agree with one caveat ... if you can wait one season for the current crop of shows, then this is a great setup. I'm on the cusp of dropping Dish and going Roku only. Check out the other available channels on Roku. Even Glenn Beck's GBTV is available as a streaming channel on Roku (for a price). Quite a bit of free channels on there as well.

43 posted on 06/30/2012 9:40:31 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: bigbob
I just found that roku has some refurbished units for sale @ 25% off + free shipping! I don't know for how long nor do I have any vested interest ... though I do accept tips!
44 posted on 06/30/2012 9:43:17 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: nutmeg

Bookmark


45 posted on 06/30/2012 10:00:53 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin: Anybody But Obama 2012)
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To: HonkyTonkMan

MLB.TV is great on the Roku.


46 posted on 06/30/2012 10:07:16 PM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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To: 21stCenturion

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47 posted on 07/01/2012 7:26:07 AM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: All

To all those that asked, check your freepmail.


48 posted on 07/01/2012 7:39:39 AM PDT by icwhatudo (This is not a choice between Romney&Reagan-Its between Romney & most radical leftist Pres in history)
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To: HonkyTonkMan

http://www.thefirstrow.eu/

http://www.tvpc.com/ChannelList.php has some sports and links to other live streams


49 posted on 07/01/2012 7:48:40 AM PDT by Overtaxed
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To: bigbob

Bump for good info.

The cons now outweigh the pros when it comes to my paying 100 bucks a month for entertainment.

Half the time theres nothing on worth a dam so sportscenter is replayed most all day. The commercials take up more and more airtime. Most of those make me want to ask God for forgiveness for one reason or another.

I never watch primetime on the big four. The commercials I see prove I am not missing anything other then pure filth that pollutes the mind especially our children.
Subjecting them to TV values is of itself a sin.

So I am ready to sever the relationship. Sounds like roku and netflix will save a bunch of debt dollars and sinning.


50 posted on 07/01/2012 12:22:35 PM PDT by winodog
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