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Thread: Cable-Cutting or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love YouTube

  1. #26
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    What I'd love would be a Steam-like platform where you could buy whatever movies and tv shows you wanted for good in easily downloadable digital form. So basically itunes but much more comprehensive. That to me would be better than any subscription service.

  2. #27
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    Registered: May 1999
    Location: on the socio path
    iTunes is the Steam for Movies & TV. They have $5 movie sales running almost non-stop, with the largest selection by far, the most extra bonus content, and free 4K upgrades. Sometimes they even do 10-movies bundles for $20. If only TV seasons could be more affordable.

    Then with that Movies Anywhere perpetual cloud license thing all your movies sync to Amazon/Google/Microsoft and whatever else comes along, so if you're one of those cool people who has weird hangups about Apple, you don't have to use the iTunes client.
    Last edited by Abysmal; 7th Aug 2018 at 01:23.

  3. #28
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Their still a bit lacking in terms of content. Their fine when it's current and popular TV shows, but if it's something niche then you have nearly zero chance of finding it on there.

    Try searching for The Wonder Years, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Frank The Entertainer for some examples. Not on there. So it's not comprehensive enough for me. Their about 80% on track.

    I did some search research prior to doing this post. Quite a few of what I typed in is on there I'll note. Just not everything. For some things, Piratebay is your only option which is annoying.

  4. #29
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    Registered: May 2004
    A few more suggestions:

    Game Maker's Toolkit -- essays about game design
    Super Bunnyhop -- video game essays with a journalistic bent
    Matthewmatosis -- in-depth video game reviews
    Matt Barton -- video game history and developer interviews, often RPG focused
    Red Letter Media -- film reviews and discussion, notorious for the reviews on the Star Wars prequels
    Lessons from the Screenplay -- a series of analyses exploring what makes film stories work (or not)
    Now You See It -- film devices explained, such as how vampires have been used in movies to represent outsiders like jews, homosexuals and Vietnam vets
    Minutephysics -- very short and simple explanations of physics topics
    Numberphile -- all things related to numbers, such as calculating a car crash, a video about why speed limits are far more important than most people realise
    Kurzgesagt -- short animated videos on science topics, such as what would happen if you detonated a nuclear bomb in the Mariana Trench
    Today I Found Out -- a series about all kinds of things you might have not known, such as "Is pot illegal in Amsterdam?" (it is), "Can staying awake too long kill you?" (it can and will), and "What happened to the actor Rick Moranis?" (became a stay home dad)

  5. #30
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I never had cable (though, technically, my internet is cable, I just don't get any TV channels.)

    I do have a freeview satellite receiver that gets UK channels, but I almost never watch TV, just the news sometimes. I don't like having to watch at the times that the TV channels demand, and certainly don't like being force-fed commercials every few minutes. Plus, there's rarely anything good on.

    I also never watch Irish TV at all. I could theoretically watch it online, but their website detects my ad blockers and refuses to play anything, even though they are the state-owned channel and they get money from our taxes and TV licences...

    I do watch a lot of random things on YouTube, however.

    Game and game design related:
    Mandalore Gaming -- thoughtful reviews of games, often for rarer ones or cult classics.
    Game Maker's Toolkit has already been mentioned, as has Noah Caldwell-Gervais.
    Mr Wendal on games -- another game design / analysis channel, interesting but he only rarely uploads new videos.

    Other:
    Honest Trailers and Honest Game Trailers -- amusing reviews of films and games; no links, because the channel also has a lot of other stuff that I have no interest in.
    Overly Sarcastic Productions -- about history and myths, but I mostly watch it for Red's "Trope Talk" series, where she talks about different tropes.
    Jörg Sprave - The Slingshot Channel -- a crazy German man who makes projectile launchers that use rubber, such as an automatic repeater crossbow powered by an electric drill. Not entirely sure how that's related to anything, but his inventions are often amusingly over-the-top.
    Last Week Tonight -- because apparently the USA is a worse dystopia than most fictional ones.
    Rocket Jump -- a studio who make made short films, usually with action themes, often humorous. Unfortunately, the channel is mostly dead now, as the team behind it moved on to other projects. (example)




    I'm sure I've rambled/ranted at length about it before, but I'd also like to see a "Steam for films", or rather, a "Gog for films" - specifically one that is like what has happened with music - where you can buy the films, download the DRM-free files, and keep them forever.
    Last edited by Nameless Voice; 10th Aug 2018 at 18:54.

  6. #31
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    And that's what I was aluding to as well. A place with every movie and tv show ever released. You purchase it, then its yours to own DRM free forever in digital form.

  7. #32
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    Registered: May 1999
    Location: on the socio path
    That doesn't exist for games, books, or music either though. You just go with the largest (Steam/iTunes/Kindle) and then use secondary services + piracy to fill in the holes.

    I never bought into DRM-free because in the coming future licenses will be more transferrable than straight up files. That'll surely elicit a scoff, but we'll see what happens with game libraries after the loss of 32-bit and x86 (I prefer not to hang onto old machines or rely too heavily on emulation). Music too, I spent thousands and then watched as my library slowly became replaced by better sounding anniversary editions and "Mastered for iTunes" releases with more tracks every freaking year, while streaming came along as the obvious way to avoid that nonsense.

  8. #33
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah I know. Was just saying what I'd like most for their to be.

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