The MPAA and RIAA have jumped through hoops in order to end the blight of digital piracy. Thanks to the Internet, video streaming can now be availed of at the comfort of your computer chair or lazy boy. You can now watch free movies online, even though that’s a bit of a misnomer even in the context of sockshare tv or digital piracy. Technically, you still have to pay for Internet in order to access even pirated copyrighted content. In turn, the ads on many of these streaming videos pay for the content as well the same way the commercials on free TV do. It’s not the case on Netflix (barring adverts on its own programs) because it’s a subscription service. Netflix in many ways is the new cable.
The Brave New Internet Frontier
The smartest thing that Hulu, Crunchy roll, and Netflix have done is to monetize digital distribution. Streaming videos helped along the way because instead of downloading files you can instead get to watch them in real time or replay them any time you want on you browser. You won’t have to download whole files from hosts that go down within months, days, hours, minutes, or seconds.
It’s actually the combination of movie streaming, video advertising commercials, DMCA take downs, and ISPs banning users who use their bandwidth for piracy that allows companies like Netflix to rise while rental video services like Blockbuster fall. It used to be that renting out movies is your best bet in owning your own film collection. However, now the Internet serves as your Library of Alexandria for entertainment content
Services like Sockshare and Putlocker allow you to watch any sort of popular series or movies online for completely free but with the assurance that the hosts are being compensated for their hosting space due to advertising clicks and whatnot. It’s the new rental system for movies that made Blockbuster and video rental stores in general go the way of the dinosaur.