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raggie33

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i loved head of the class on my antenna howard hestmen and the other cast so funny but also good storyline
 

letschat7

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..but my first amendment rights guarantee my freedom to watch anything I want....
If only.

I can think of one thing you can't watch and it mostly doesn't have a copyright either. When I was in prison my friends there would tell me all about it at the dinner table or when I was taking long walks outside.

And don't even get me started about IS videos. Sure I may not have been arrested but some government agents harassed me daily for months and it contributed to my longer than usual stay in prison and bad treatment there.
 

vincent3685

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I've not found "everything" I wanted when I wanted it. Not for free, at least.

A given old movie, documentary or other program will come and go, for some months it might not be out there but then for awhile it'll appear. I'm sure the various services use algorithms to determine when (and for whom) to display such alternatives ... whether based on their online/click behavior, or which things they seemingly consider and how often, etc.

In my case, I don't do any television programming, whether cable or otherwise. I have a solid collection of old films, and I occasionally (rarely) do a streaming service to see what they offer. Though, in my own experience, most of the individual services have mostly schlock along with several dozens of good-quality stuff. Which is rather quickly exhausted. So, for me, none of them are really worthwhile. Eventually, most films become available for peanuts in good-to-very-good condition; and obviously none of those come with the force-fed advertising of most services.

I'm not surprised that services have gone this way. It's probably unbelievably expensive to produce a great range of shows and programs, and the piper must be paid somehow. With cable, they're the ones laying the cabling and operating the equipment to bundle those programs into a "feed". Hard to do such things without revenues, and there are only so many methods of generating such revenue.

Fortunately, today there are relatively inexpensive "basic" internet service options into a home. Without all the add-on "bundled" crap. A person can then choose which (if any) streaming over that line is worthwhile, and whether to pay for such. Nice to have options. Not everyone does.
I don't think you're grasping exactly what I'm saying. There are NUMEROUS websites you can go to and watch anything, and I mean ANYTHING on demand, commercial free at your leisure. I'm not talking about services deciding when/if to broadcast. The stuff is already out there, archived to watch whenever you want. A show would have to be pretty obscure to not be able to find it.

I can name at least a half dozen websites, off the top of my head, where you can watch live, cable TV absolutely free. Albeit, with commercials. That includes PPV broadcasts. Believe me, if it streams on the internet, there is somewhere you can get it for free. Furthermore, when a new episode comes out, I can generally download the bittorrent file within 24 hours, if not sooner, without commercials. I can watch shows like Gutfeld live for free, with ads, or on youtube and other sites within an hour of broadcast commercial free. I would rather wait for the ad free version than watch it live with commercials, though.


I agree with you that most of what Hollywood provides today is garbage. Which is why their revenue streams need to dry up. Maybe that would force them to put out good content that people are willing to pay for. The entertainment industry is a giant cesspool that needs to get their house in order or suffer the consequences, and I'm doing my part to help that.
 
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vincent3685

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If only.

I can think of one thing you can't watch and it mostly doesn't have a copyright either. When I was in prison my friends there would tell me all about it at the dinner table or when I was taking long walks outside.

And don't even get me started about IS videos. Sure I may not have been arrested but some government agents harassed me daily for months and it contributed to my longer than usual stay in prison and bad treatment there.
Not sure what IS videos are. But, if you're talking about child porn, as i've said before, that is a "straw man" argument. Also, watching is very different from possessing or distributing.
 

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IS videos are these really high value production films of what happens to a US reporter that is caught spying with English commentary directed towards the president of the USA, or a pilot that bombs some innocent people and is apprehended, with how it works out for him after the people cry out for justice, or some men that forcefully stop some hate speech in France and not even a probably racist policeman can stop them, etc., etc.

These videos were varied in the ways that various groups of dispised people or persons of ill repute were served their comeuppance. There was not only a demand for such materials but a wide audience from all over the world viewed such things and sometimes democracy was used to decide a person's fate. For once they were in a variety of languages and featured Western men that people could relate to.
 

vincent3685

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IS videos are these really high value production films of what happens to a US reporter that is caught spying with English commentary directed towards the president of the USA, or a pilot that bombs some innocent people and is apprehended, with how it works out for him after the people cry out for justice, or some men that forcefully stop some hate speech in France and not even a probably racist policeman can stop them, etc., etc.

These videos were varied in the ways that various groups of dispised people or persons of ill repute were served their comeuppance. There was not only a demand for such materials but a wide audience from all over the world viewed such things and sometimes democracy was used to decide a person's fate. For once they were in a variety of languages and featured Western men that people could relate to.
Well, if these videos were ever broadcast online, i'm sure they can be found with a modicum of research, i.e., on some of these gore sites. If they were made for internal, top secret use then that is another matter entirely.
 

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I can name at least a half dozen websites, off the top of my head, where you can watch live, cable TV absolutely free. Albeit, with commercials. That includes PPV broadcasts. Believe me, if it streams on the internet, there is somewhere you can get it for free.
Can you watch NFL games on them? I was really jacked when they put that one playoff game on Amazon Prime only. Same with Thursday Night Football. I won't pay extra for games, I just don't watch Thur. night anymore. I pay enough for Dish. Screw the NFL, and Amazon.

Are those legal sites, or something hacked? Please share a few, if you don't mind.

I have a friend who's very computer / internet savvy. He was always talking about how he downloaded the newest movies for free, and that was probably 15 or 20 years ago.

I agree with you that most of what Hollywood provides today is garbage. Which is why their revenue streams need to dry up. Maybe that would force them to put out good content that people are willing to pay for. The entertainment industry is a giant cesspool that needs to get their house in order or suffer the consequences, and I'm doing my part to help that.
SO TRUE !!
 

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TV is just one of the many ways to be entertained.
Killing time, yes. Entertained? I doubt it.

Even at my hotel stay last week, for kicks I flipped through the channels at two separate times. Not one thing worth watching and that's ignoring the incessant commercials.
 

vincent3685

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Can you watch NFL games on them? I was really jacked when they put that one playoff game on Amazon Prime only. Same with Thursday Night Football. I won't pay extra for games, I just don't watch Thur. night anymore. I pay enough for Dish. Screw the NFL, and Amazon.

Are those legal sites, or something hacked? Please share a few, if you don't mind.

I have a friend who's very computer / internet savvy. He was always talking about how he downloaded the newest movies for free, and that was probably 15 or 20 years ago.


SO TRUE !!

Can you watch NFL games on them? I was really jacked when they put that one playoff game on Amazon Prime only. Same with Thursday Night Football. I won't pay extra for games, I just don't watch Thur. night anymore. I pay enough for Dish. Screw the NFL, and Amazon.

Are those legal sites, or something hacked? Please share a few, if you don't mind.

I have a friend who's very computer / internet savvy. He was always talking about how he downloaded the newest movies for free, and that was probably 15 or 20 years ago.


SO TRUE !!
Yes, and Here are a few, I have more;

Keep in mind, these sites will sometimes change their url's slightly to avoid shutdown. It's kind of a game of cat and mouse. Here is the FBI anti-piracy warning; "The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal". Except for downloading peer to peer bittorrent files, (which I immediately transfer to an external drive and delete from my computer), I'm doing neither. As I've said before, what these sites do may not be entirely legal, but as an American, there is nothing illegal about me watching whatever I want. First amendment takes priority, after all.

If you want to delve deeper into sailing the high seas explore here;
You should also learn how to download bittorrent files. Download Qbittorrent to search and download ANYTHING commercial free. There is a whole world of free entertainment at your fingertips as long as you have a decent internet connection.Enjoy!
 
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Guitar Guy

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You should also learn how to download bittorrent files. Download Qbittorrent to download ANYTHING commercial free. There is a whole world of free entertainment at your fingertips as long as you have a decent internet connection.Enjoy!
Thanks man! I'm going to look into this. I don't really watch much sports, other than football. Are there any particularly good sites for everyday stuff? Like history, true crime, documentaries, etc?
 

vincent3685

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Yes, and Here are a few, I have more;

Keep in mind these sites will sometimes change their url,s slightly to avoid shutdown. It's kind of a game of cat and mouse. As I've said before, what these sites do may not be entirely legal, but as an American there is nothing illegal about me watching whatever I want. First amendment takes priority, after all.

If you want to delve deeper into sailing the high seas explore here;
You should also learn how to download bittorrent files. Download Qbittorrent to download ANYTHING commercial free. There is a whole world of free entertainment at your fingertips as long as you have a decent internet connection.Enjoy!
One more thing @Guitar Guy;
I use my big screen tv as nothing more than a monitor. I have this mini pc plugged into one of the HDMI ports in back; https://www.amazon.com/s?k=beelink+s12+pro+mini+pc&tag=cpf0b6-20&tag=cpf0b6-20&tag=cpf0b6-20. measures only 4x4 ". comes with VESA bracket to mount on rear of tv. With 16gb of RAM and 500GB of storage, it's better than my Lenovo laptop. You can also just plug in your laptop to an HDMI port on your tv if you want.
And I use this for a keyboard/mouse combo; https://www.amazon.com/s?k=mini+keyboard+with+touchpad&tag=cpf0b6-20&tag=cpf0b6-20&tag=cpf0b6-20
Good Luck
 
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vincent3685

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Thanks man! I'm going to look into this. I don't really watch much sports, other than football. Are there any particularly good sites for everyday stuff? Like history, true crime, documentaries, etc?
It's all here; https://dlhd.sx/24-7-channels.php (buffers sometimes, refresh and use the other player, if necessary)
And here; https://thetvapp.to/
And here; https://photocall.tv/light (look under Internacional and Otro). Can't use a VPN.
And here; https://usatvgo.live/category/all-channels/ (can sometimes be glitchy)
It's also important to use a good browser with an ad blocker, I use Librewolf, Brave and Firefox.
 
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