MATCH UP – VOD vs STREAMING vs TORRENT
and the winner is ?
Top Best Cinema is glad to talk about the easier ways to watch a movie online at the best advantages/downsides ratio. This is the match up between Legal VOD vs Pirate Streaming vs Torrent.
First, I have to recommend to use a legal offer such as VOD, for the good reason that movies need to generate cash at least to allow other productions, and also because hundred thousand jobs depend on it.
Recently, the shutting down of Iso Hunt and other websites before (BtJunkie, etc.) seems to mark a stop for the p2p business, but the boom of illegal streaming websites is undeniable.
Here follows a review of VOD, STREAMING and TORRENT advantages and downsides:
Using legal offer should make you feel right, cause as a cinema fan you can’t really accept to destroy what you like. Well at least sometimes. You can find various legal VOD offers depending on your IP address’ country, either with your Box or Channels Networks. Most of the time, you will find all audio languages and subtitles.
The prices range from 3 to 6€/movie depending on movie release dates and definition quality (SD/HD). This is quite expensive, indeed. Better go for some all inclusive offer than to purchase movie one by one. The fact that for most of ISP offers you can only watch the movie during a certain period of time (48hours) and only for a limited number of times is definitely not pleading for it.
Top Best Cinema recommends to use www.Netflix.com, which offer is cheaper than most of other offers from Channels Networks and ISP Box. Do not worry, you can use Netflix from everywhere, if you are not US resident, just open the US iTunes version and you will be able to access to Netflix offer. Taking into account the exchange rate (for € and £), the all inclusive offer is really cheap.
ADVANTAGES: free + large choice
The trend in streaming is free to watch movie (no registration but advertising), with a large choice of recent and old movies and even sometimes Series. There is no limitation of number of time and period. There are cases where some movies are available on streaming even before there are released in your country.
DOWNSIDES: illegal + intrusive ads + bad quality
The worst inconvenient is the variability of the definition and audio quality as well as the number of intrusive advertising.
Top Best Cinema recommends the following streaming websites :
http://www.mrfilmze.com : movies
www.vkstreaming.org : movies
www.k-streaming.com: movies and series
Well, there are hundreds of unlegal streaming websites which allow you to watch all the movies you want for free, but with some pop unders opening when you launch a movie. You can easily find original version and other languages.
ADVANTAGES: own the file
The main advantages is definitely the fact that it is free and you have the files, so you can watch it at anytime and as many times as you wish to.
First, if you share some protected copyright you have to know that this is illegal, maybe except if you have bough the product and only share it with a few friends it might be considered as normal use (who knows?). Be also aware that many files can be corrupted (virus, trojan).
ADVICES: Utorrent + TorrentHound + VLC
Top Best Cinema recommends to download Utorrent then to find your files on www.torrenthound.com. There are others like PirateBay or torrentZ but there are many files missing most of the times.
You have to download VLC to be sure to be able to play all video files. When you open the files in the Utorrent window, do not download it when the icon is orange/vlc type (find another files), only go for blue icon/logo files in the torrent window.
Well, if you think your PC/mac is corrupted or very slow, you still can buy daisydisk.app (very cheap like 8€) which allows you to really clean your hard disk.
All the advices given here are free of any commercial purpose or agreement, this is only a shared experience.
- Video On Demand (VOD) Market Worth $45.25 Billion by 2018 (prnewswire.com)
- Why Netflix Would Face Resistance Breaking Into France (variety.com)
- The Netflix French love affair: company executives fight against VOD monopolies (rudebaguette.com)