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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:53 am
I'm confused.

I've been watching streamed episodes of my favourite TV shows from an overseas site, which haven't yet made it onto our screens here in Australia. I'm just [i:2e16486764]watching [/i:2e16486764]them, I'm not saving them onto my computer.

I want to know if this is illegal. I'm fed up with shows I like being taken off air/moved around/clashing with other shows. This way I can see the shows I like, without ads too.

Am I in trouble or not? :wink:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:48 am
The host of the stream will be in more trouble than you - so I wouldn't worry about it (I could be way off though).

I recommend downloading though because a 45 minute stream will probably take up 300MB (More if its streamed in HD), whearas a 45 minute episode to download will take up 350MB and you get to keep it stored on your hard-drive to watch again.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:44 pm
[quote:b8fc117288="JH"]The host of the stream will be in more trouble than you - so I wouldn't worry about it (I could be way off though).

I recommend downloading though because a 45 minute stream will probably take up 300MB (More if its streamed in HD), whearas a 45 minute episode to download will take up 350MB and you get to keep it stored on your hard-drive to watch again.[/quote:b8fc117288]

Yes, downloading is better, where you can keep and watch over and over again.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:35 pm
[quote:a82ab35174="Blu Ray Fanatic"][quote:a82ab35174="JH"]The host of the stream will be in more trouble than you - so I wouldn't worry about it (I could be way off though).

I recommend downloading though because a 45 minute stream will probably take up 300MB (More if its streamed in HD), whearas a 45 minute episode to download will take up 350MB and you get to keep it stored on your hard-drive to watch again.[/quote:a82ab35174]

Yes, downloading is better, where you can keep and watch over and over again.[/quote:a82ab35174]

I'm not really interested in keeping stuff. When I record on the VCR I watch and then tape over. I don't even buy many DVDs :)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:53 pm
I stream. So much faster and easier for me. I download when I have to but not often for tv.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:57 pm
Mostly this is a grey area of the law.

If you are watching a stream from an international site, the responsibility is on the provider of the stream to ensure that only those it's licensed to show to are watching. So in that area there's nothing on you. If you are circumventing the region coding to watch the video - well thats completely a grey area but as you are still getting all the ads (etc.) that are used to pay for the show - I can't see too much of an issue.

Downloading however is where the issues lie, as - let's face it - to get something "not on Aussie TV" means doing it illegally in 90% of cases and leaves traces of your activity with your ISP etc.

There's the added thing that Hollywood has basically said that if they have to target people individually due to laws, they might just do that again - so this is another thing for watching streamed video over downloading. It's just a threat again for now... but you just dont know with that mob.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:11 pm
That is why I stream with international sites and only do it when I absolutely have to.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:57 am
[quote:78254737af="Rayne"][quote:78254737af="Blu Ray Fanatic"][quote:78254737af="JH"]The host of the stream will be in more trouble than you - so I wouldn't worry about it (I could be way off though).

I recommend downloading though because a 45 minute stream will probably take up 300MB (More if its streamed in HD), whearas a 45 minute episode to download will take up 350MB and you get to keep it stored on your hard-drive to watch again.[/quote:78254737af]

Yes, downloading is better, where you can keep and watch over and over again.[/quote:78254737af]

I'm not really interested in keeping stuff. When I record on the VCR I watch and then tape over. I don't even buy many DVDs :)[/quote:78254737af]

I keep the videos so that the downloads are not wasted on what you pay every month for Internet usage.

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