Recently I posted about my installation of Kodi and the configuring of the successor to Xbox Media Center to enable me to watch my favorite (and forgotten) TV Shows without the need to have a Cable Subscription. For years I had been downloading those shows, renaming the files and configuring them into folders that in effect had consumed more than 2.5 TB of storage within my home network. With my lightning fast Internet Connection this meant that I could grab my favorite shows the morning after they aired and then watch them when I got home from work.
This concept has suited me just fine, for a long time and I probably would have continued to do this, but the reality is, the time it takes to source out the different shows that I like to watch, download, sort and get everything just so…well it starts to get time consuming and while I have plenty of time on my hands these days, I can’t help but think that there is a better way of doing things.
And there is.
The world of streaming is still relatively new and I strongly recommend to everyone that if you don’t have an unlimited Internet Connection (no bandwidth caps) then stop reading, turn around and go back to the way you were doing things.
Streaming has become a standard part of my life in recent months.
First thing that I started doing was Netflix. I have had a subscription off and on with Netflix for a couple of years now. The fact that they are becoming a dominating force, not only in the concept of affordable access to Movies and TV Shows, but also in the world of Original Broadcasting (Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Lilyhammer, and most recently Daredevil)…the $7.99 per month is well worth the investment as you gain access to more than 100,000 titles and endless hours of binge watching (I know, I have now seen every episode of Glee and Pretty Little Liars thanks to my daughter).
I love having music playing in the background when I am working. For years I have had a constant and continuous loop of music in my life but Spotify makes is so darn easy to listen to new tunes and even with the Free Service…you gain access to all the latest music and can Browse through new music, moods and an ever expanding library of music from around the globe.
While both of these services are subscription based (or supported by ads), the Kodi and the streaming services included with the third party plugins enable me to gain access to an unlimited and constantly expanding network of available content is a real change for me and how I use the internet to get my entertainment.
The world of Copyright Infringement is pretty obvious when we look to Motion Pictures (ie Movies) but there is a grey area when it comes to the rebroadcast of TV Shows in this format. With the growing popularity of this type of connection, there is a growing call for the closing out this service without a subscription (look to trying to watch any Canadian Content from the CTV, History, Discovery Channel websites – you need to log in with your Cable Provider Access).
For now though, with this being open access for me, I will continue to access, watch and stream to my heart’s content…although I am seriously considering a couple of the IPTV services that are becoming available (ie Vmedia, Brama Telecom, Zazeen).