Legal movie and television download/streaming

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Is there anywhere where I can legally download/stream television or movies from a German/European site but with the television episodes or movies in English?

 

I am looking for a similar model to www.netflix.com, but which is not country specific.

Have also seen US sites which allow you to download/stream movies, but then warn you that it might not be legal to do that for the country you live in. (Anyone know German laws concerning this?)

I know about masking IP addresses etc, but this is not what I want to do, just want plan and simple legal download/streaming, no fuzzy grey area downloading/streaming.

 

Any ideas?

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I have just discovered this: http://www.maxdome.de, which allows downloading of original language version movies and series.

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Hi, I've tried to search:

movies streaming

movies online

online streaming

and many other variations, but have not found any leads.

 

Does anyone know the correct search thread and/or a good site for online legal streaming of movies in English available in Germany?

 

thanks!

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Does anyone know the correct search thread and/or a good site for online legal streaming of movies in English available in Germany?thanks!

 

Try www.stagevu.com

I've tried a few free sites and this one seems to be the best regarding range of films and the quality of streaming.

Give it a bash.

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Cyber ghost offers a service for 10 euro a month. They had US servers online which allowed you to stream the "leagl" sites such as hulu and network sites. But the fact we are overseas and bipassing the proxy stillmakes it illegal.

 

None-the-less, the US servers are offline at the moment. But they say it will b back online soon.

 

But it is a good solution. And it also have tons of other servers, if one were to say use the illegal sites, and did not want to be worried about reprimand.

 

Not to suggest I condone such acts B)

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Actually, it's not illegal to view blocked content from another country via proxy servers. The blocks are not put in by law, they are company policy. The companies may not like it, but it's not illegal. It's much like a physical product, say a specific model of laptop is only sold in the US by the company and someone visits the US, buys it, and takes it home. In the virtual world, we just don't have to physically travel.

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So them how does one define legal versus illegal free content. The fact it is released by the network itself?

 

Obviously peer to peer and downloading are pretty clear cut. But it has been discussed here before and said even streaming is a form of download as it stores a cache and is as such prosecutable, though they tend not to bother, and go more for the peer to peers.

 

I had also heard conflicting info, that said in regards to streaming the viewer is not responsible for the copyright issues, it is the job of the company to block access. IE why no one gets charges 1k for watching friend or old molly ringwald movies on youtube.

 

Not really sure the german laws, but I prefer ot to find out he hard way. My father in law used peer to peer for movies and got a 1k fine. :unsure:

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Another legal option is with iTunes. You can have multiple iTunes account on your computer. The German one has the limitations where most films are only in German.

 

But you can also open a US or UK iTunes account and switch between them. The only catch is paying for content. This is no problem if you already have a US or UK credit card. But obtaining those is a little hard if not living in said country's. So, option B is to acquire those iTunes gift cards you find in shops and either pick them up when next in the US or UK, or have friends/family post them to you.

 

You can switch then between your normal German iTunes account and the foreign one, purchase your content with credit card or gift voucher, wtahc and enjoy.

 

It is a bit of a hassle of course, especially if you rely on the gift vouchers being sent every month or so by family or friends, but it is one solution.

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Another legal option is with iTunes.

I use the US iTunes for movie rentals, but technically it does say that you are not allowed to do so from outside the US. Just FYI. I don't think that they care all that much as my IP adress is clearly German, but you do have to agree not to use it outside the US when you agree to their terms & conditions, for what that's worth. Since I do pay for my rental I can live with breaking the rules in this case though.

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That is interesting I do the same. Even when my mac crashed, I called apple care in germany and they reauthorized all my dowloads to be redownloaded, so they knew it was a us version and I was in Germany. Must be a technicallity they do not enforce. I enjoy itunes, and I get the movies by US release date, which is likely why it is "not" allowed. That and the vat issue.

 

I do get gift cards for christmas, but I am curious, if I buy a German itunes card will it work with the US account, or does it have to be issued in the states? There are many sites that sell discounted gift cards so that is a good way to save. And I mean the legal ones, not the Chinese hackers, that sold those codes a few years back, though I admit I thought about it.

 

But I use that solution for movies only. I refuse to pay 1,99 per tv show that is on free tv. Even now when you can rent them for .99 cents. Thanks but no thanks,

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No, a German card won't work with a US account or vice cersa, as I discovered to my cost when I bought a US code on eBay and tried to use it on my husband's German account.

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So them how does one define legal versus illegal free content. The fact it is released by the network itself?

 

Obviously peer to peer and downloading are pretty clear cut. But it has been discussed here before and said even streaming is a form of download as it stores a cache and is as such prosecutable, though they tend not to bother, and go more for the peer to peers.

 

I had also heard conflicting info, that said in regards to streaming the viewer is not responsible for the copyright issues, it is the job of the company to block access. IE why no one gets charges 1k for watching friend or old molly ringwald movies on youtube.

 

Not really sure the german laws, but I prefer ot to find out he hard way. My father in law used peer to peer for movies and got a 1k fine.

 

It depends on the source of the material. If the source of the material is legal, i.e. sanctioned by the distributes then it is only against their corporate rules to stream that into another country if they normally block it, but it is not illegal. The main difference is that they still get paid for this service, and so do the content providers.

 

Think of it this way. If you stream via a proxy service US FTA TV channels which are normally blocked, the service is being provided and supported by ads which you still receive. You may even go out and buy that iPad seen on the US TV ad which Apple paid for in the US broadcast. The same if it is a paid subscription service, say from a payTV outfit that offers streaming. You still need in this case to set up an account with said company and pay them the subscription, and this usually involves sales tax being included so all the right people get their income. In some definitions it is a bit the like grey market. (Not to be confused with grey economies). Grey markets are not illegal, but may exist outside of what the original companies intended. They still profit from them, but prefer them not to exist.

 

In fact, many of these company policies that force a grey market may actually be illegal it itself and violate copyright laws. This is why there are regular court cases involving even the biggest of players due to how they restrict the sales of their products or services except through limited means. The EU for instance has been considering for years to take to court the major TV companies and content providers for their refusal to allow people in different country's to subscribe to their service even when it is available to them over satellite or via streaming. The EU has many laws regarding the open market and specific laws regarding open airwaves which the many television distributors refuse to acknowledge mainly due to pressure from content providers.

 

Peer to Peer is a different story. The content providers do not make any money from this and that makes it theft and illegal.

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The real question is WHY is it illegal for me to pay for, and watch Movies/TV Shows in English just because I live in Germany.

 

Germany is in the EU so I am able to buy physical media in the UK and bring it back to watch in Germany, I just purchase it in the UK, so why can't I just subscribe to a service like SKY while living here?

 

OK so I don't have a UK TV Licence, so make it legal for me to pay for one.

 

I watch BBC/ITV on my Sat Dish anyway, but would be quite happy to pay my Licence fee, but I can't so third party "illegal " companies earn this fee by charging me 150 EUR a year and they handle my credit card monthly payments to SKY.

 

The whole system needs to be opened up.

 

What a joke!

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It's not at all illegal to get around geolocking, though I don't know what shady companies you are talking about.

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