Are You a Pirate?

Hi all, I was wondering in this day and age is there still a need to be a pirate?

With so many services free and with trials I see less reason to resort to the Black Flag. Unless you prefer a real trial

Spotify, Youtube, Netflix, SBS on Demand, Binge, Crunchyroll etc

Poll Options

  • 744
    ARRRRgh, Fiddle me Timbers. I sail the high seas
  • 30
    Sir, I have never!! Never!!! You offend me. *sips imported tea*
  • 15
    I'm a church mouse with wife, 3 kids, In laws and other parasites waiting to feast upon my corpse

Comments

  • +71 votes

    Spotify, Youtube, Netflix, SBS on Demand, Binge, Crunchyroll etc

    But you need them all and still couldn't find some things lol

    • +23 votes

      And have to deal with logins, ads, shortened cuts, buffering, connectivity problems, etc. Get f*#@ed!

      Ain't nobody got time fo' dat!

      The great unwashed can get funneled to DRM platforms to support creators and whatnot. The big brains need content sharing to preserve rare works, multiple cuts and free use.

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      I watch films, not TV shows really. International release films.

    • +2 votes

      "ARRRRgh, Fiddle me Timbers. I sail the high seas"

      You do realise people just pick option one

    • +1 vote

      Same. I was looking for an old TV series and figured it would be on Netflix. Well it was but it was taken out in 2016. Crap. It ain't on Disney+ too, looks like I have to buy it on Youtube or Amazon.

      At that point I went screw it, high seas has it all in top quality and accessible with all the convenience.

  • +38 votes

    Spotify, Youtube, Netflix, SBS on Demand, Binge, Crunchyroll etc

    And yet my Plex/Sonarr/Radarr gets me more than all of those combined and faster.

    lots of what i watch isn't on anything we have or if it is it's wildly old content from past season's.

    • +9 votes

      100% - since 1996 when Channel 9 would put late-night star trek voyager episodes on way after the guide said they would start and the VCR wouldn't record properly, I've been a pirate.

      Just going by what's released at the moment, I'm watching For All Mankind and Tehran from Apple TV, Back from UK Channel 4, Wandavision from Disney+, and just finished Ozark on Netflix, Chicago P.D. on NBC, then you have Discovery on Paramount+, Walking Dead on AMC, The Expanse and Bosch on Amazon……….

      Sonarr and Radarr is the only way to go. And you really don't want to know how many days I've spent watching TV according to Trakt ;)

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        And you really don't want to know how many days I've spent watching TV according to Trakt ;)

        https://i.imgur.com/lTpmcFn.png
        I use TV Time since long before i started using Plex, sonarr and radarr.
        Currently at over 6 months worth of TV watched.

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          Haha we are pretty much tied :) Trakt says I've spent 200 days, 19 hours, 43 mins watching

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        Things have moved on since 1996 though. Current video recorders will read the EPG and change the recording time if the show is moved.
        Add that to 4 times as many channels, frequent repeats (looking at you SBS) and it is pretty easy to record lots of stuff to watch.
        (all relative, depends if you watch TV once a week, once a month or every day).

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        Snap !

        I used to resort to actually buying 2 episodes per VHS tape, because of Channel 9.

        I have quite a collection of those plus DS9.

        Not sure why they are still sitting there, probably reminding me of my frustration over Channel 9.

        But since them 100% of what I watch is 'acquired'…..

    •  

      dumb question. What are Plex/Sonarr/Radarr and how to set these up?

      • -10 votes

        It is a dumb question. I did not know either and got curious but guess what? I was able to find the answer already.

      • +3 votes

        Try asking that question using Google.

      • +9 votes

        Plex - Allows you to set up your own media streaming server. Think Netflix/Spotify, but you're supplying the media. It's also fantastic at automatically cataloguing media.
        Sonarr - An application that allows you to automate the downloading of TV series from various usenet and torrent sources. It's pretty neat when paired with Plex.
        Radarr - Same as Sonarr but with movies instead.

  • +76 votes

    Nice try AFP..

    • +2 votes

      Woof Woof

      • +3 votes

        Peterman: Woof!

        Elaine: Do you mean "reer?"

        Petermen: Yes, that's the one! Good day Elaine. [Leaves.]

        •  

          And the Tony goes to…. (and it wasn’t for that trip to Minsk), and the movie was terrible, somebody stole my coat, not the one that Jerry wouldn’t store in his closet, and yes I carry a purse!

      • +1 vote

        I think this cat is broken, someone still got the receipt?

        •  

          No receipts , No refunds!!

    •  

      Aren't they too busy looking into LNP rape allegations?

  • +16 votes

    4K Remuxes + Plex + Nvidia Shield

    Yarr

    • +2 votes

      Once you try remuxes there is no going back.

      • +1 vote

        what is it?

        • +3 votes

          A ripped Bluray.

      • +7 votes

        Yawn… Well once you realise that downloading 50gig for a substandard movie is a waste of time… You just go back to x265 1080

        Further to this…. You can barely tell the difference between a 265 encoded 1080p, and a 4k remux….

        And the fact that very few films are actually true 4k…

        • +4 votes

          That's kind of rubbish. The amount of banding you encounter with <10 gb movies files is ridiculous. If you can't tell the difference than lucky you.

          Also remux does not equal 4k.

        • +3 votes

          This comment is so funny.

          If you can't tell the difference, then great for you.

          But there's a massive difference.

        • +1 vote

          This depends 100% on what you are viewing the movie on

          A 32" TV no, you wont notice.

          A 65" TV, sometimes

          A 150" projector - you 100% can tell

          • +1 vote

            @Therage: All the people saying "blu-ray is dumb, just stream it" be watching movies on their phones and laptops.

            • +1 vote

              @ItsMeAgro: This is true, then there is the sound aspect of it as well.

        •  

          This is why you have two instances of Radarr, one for 1080p movies and one for 4k movies, why not download the movie in all of its 4K glory? Then, if you're pushed for space delete the 4K version after you've watched it and be left with a decent 1080p version for future use / other people using your Plex.

    •  

      Very hard to come by these days…

      •  

        What are?

        •  

          Remuxes. Used to find them on TPB but a lot less now… Specially 3D Remuxes… :(

          • +4 votes

            @OpayuOnam: TPB is old news. Rarbg for public releases, but I'm also on a private tracker if I need anything else or want it quicker

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              @spackbace: Yeah, I've heard private is where all the good things are now a days …
              Rarbg had been very patchy lately too many leechers and not enough seeders specially if it's a bit of odd ball or an older release.

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                @OpayuOnam: I assume you are still talking English?

                (Note:
                I have over 300 Blu Ray, 100 HD DVD ( at least 30% of both unopened), Netflix, Amazon Prime, Optus Sports and YouTube.
                But except for football on Optus Sports, hardly manage to watch much Movie or drama. Mostly for the wife.)

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                  @darkmattersunB6c0MV: lol yeah it's English, at least I hope it is.
                  Hope this will clear things up:

                  • Seeders: people who are uploading a torrent
                  • Leechers: people who are download a torrent
                  • Torrent: Decentralised Peer to Peer file sharing
                  • Torrent files can be publicly or privately advertised. RARBG is a public advertiser, private ones well they are private.
  •  

    Im a Buccanner!

    • +3 votes

      I have some Buccaneers!

    • +1 vote

      Tom Brady fan?

      • +1 vote

        I am, but I'm a long time Bucs fan. So much so I even went to USA and drove to Tampa to watch em when they were garbage.

        Tom Brady enters, wins us a flag. Hard not to like him now!

        • +1 vote

          Fair enough! Who did you watch them play?

          • +1 vote

            @dust: Seahawks

            Was good to see Wilson.

            Ended up beating them 14-5 strange game, that even had a safety lol

  • +1 vote

    Metalbeard

  • +5 votes

    we dubbed vhs
    .

  • +1 vote
  • +7 votes

    VPNs are for suckers.

    • +17 votes

      Barebacking the interwebs or not at all!

  • +2 votes

    Used to be but since I subscribed to Netflix I've hardly downloaded anything, just a few movies and some music although there hasn't been much music worth downloading in the past couple of decades.

    I did have Disney+ for a while but nobody watched it so I just cancelled it last month.

    •  

      but but with star they have commando and predator !

      GET TO TAT CHOOPERRRRRR

    • +1 vote

      Yeah same just cbf anymore.. there is so much on Netflix that whenever i need something new i just search on there.. something just feels right about purchasing software too.. though I'd still never pay 90 for a game. I'm happy to wait a few months for a deal etc

    • +2 votes

      Yes. I have Netflix, and Amazon, and Spotify (shared family plan), and Youtube (shared family plan using Indian VPN). We get out money's worth out of all of those. We have access to Disney+ through a friend, but I have never bothered to use it - there's not a lot of Disney content I want.

      Occasionally I'll want something that's not on a streaming service and I'll go plunder it, but for 95%+ of my needs streaming is sufficient.

      Just like we were saying for all those years: "Provide it to us in a timely manner, in a method which is easy to access, at a reasonable price, and we'll stop pirating it."

  •  

    this song popped into my head for some reason. tbh, it's more of a deterrent than anything else.

  • +12 votes

    I don't know if you are trying to find out more about timber-fiddling, but the expression is 'shiver me timbers' if you are trying to talk like a pirate.
    As for the poll, used to be a bit of a swashbuckler, but now am purely a landlubber.

    • +13 votes

      but the expression is 'shiver me timbers'

      Maybe OP was trying to avoid any potential copyright issues.

    •  

      Yep, I pirated when young because I couldn't afford it.

      Now I only pirate if forced to by content owners doing stupid stuff (like not having the movie for sale/streaming on any platform. Seriously? You don't want my money…? OK)

  • +4 votes
  • +8 votes

    Fiddle me timbers?….. Does OZb have a HR department we can message?

  • +8 votes

    Are You a Pirate?

    Don't you mean "RRRrrrrrrrrr You a Pirate?"

  •  

    Yes I do have 1 arm and just had an itchy eye.

  • +3 votes

    I only stay by the bay if you know what I mean

  • +2 votes

    funny thing about aus , even if you have a subscription for a specific show , if the show airs in the USA first… chances are its going to be pirated ( who waits 24 hours this day and age?)

    • +4 votes

      see, 24hrs I can wait - it is that 95% of the shows the family watches are on months delay that pushes one to the high seas

  • +5 votes

    4TB Seedbox with Plex in Amsterdam, $20 per month. Whatever I want from whichever streaming services in one place.

    I pay for Youtube premium and Youtube music.

    Prime video comes with prime.

    I believe a company will deliver a subscription service soon where you can opt for x amount of services for $x per month and you will be able to chop and change between them.

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      I must try that.

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      4tb is pretty small, do you move it home or delete the content?

      • +1 vote

        Delete. I used to keep it on NAS at home but can't be bothered anymore with most things. 4TB is more than I can possibly care to watch. At 720p shows & 1080p movies, there is plenty.

        • +1 vote

          Fair enough. That cheaper than I spend on electricity for my server. My issue is lots of family users sponging off it.

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            @SgtBatten: Both have their place I guess. I gave fam and friends plex access and they can request but I try to keep it newer stuff only rather than a full blown library of everything known to man like most plex servers. Around 3 years is a pretty good window I feel.

    •  

      Paying for piracy lol

      •  

        Paying for piracy lol

        I do my bit, yea.
        When you think about it, everyone does somehow. Internet connection, power, hardware…

      •  

        More like paying to not get caught with piracy, so it makes perfect sense.

  • +2 votes

    Yarr harr fiddle di di being a pirate is all right to be!
    Do what you want 'cause a pirate is free!
    Yooou are are pirate!

  •  

    You tried asking Somali pirates?

  • +9 votes

    Take this situation for instance.

    I go to Netflix > Profiles > App Settings > Diagnostics > Playback Specification. I look and I see that under "Digital rights management" I am on "L3". Now I look under "Playback" and I see that my Maximum playback resolution is "SD" on my 1440p smartphone.

    So I do a bit of googling and I find this article (among others).

    If this screen shows L3, resolution is capped below 720p. If it's L1 or L2, Netflix will allow HD playback.

    After writing this comment up to here, I found out that my phone actually is rated for L1, but I have to reset/uninstall/clear cache on Netflix for this to work. But do you see why people pirate? In order to get around all this bullcrap about content availability, quality availability we can use something that is essentially free and so much easier to use once you get the hang of it. I sail the high seas.

    • +1 vote

      Yeah, just went through a similar rigmarole with Netflix a few days ago, for a Windows 8.1 PC. Different specifics obviously (lost 1080p when they suddenly dropped HTML5 player support for IE, but the Silverlight fallback was barely usable, while Edge is stuck at 720p for some reason just like Firefox and Chrome) but the root cause is the same - the need to accommodate DRM.

      Arrrgh. Makes me want to dust off the ol' pirate hat.

      •  

        Lol, yeah mate I just uninstalled it and got L1 DRM but then I can only play Full HD 1080p. Wish I could get 1440p though or if they don't want to bother with the extra computing, stream us the 4K quality. I read another article saying that they want to save broadband because most people won't notice it anyway, but I mean damn, at least let us that notice it use it by having a hidden option in the settings or something like that.

  • +10 votes

    I'm Guybrush Threepwood, mighty pirate.

    • +2 votes

      Look behind you! A three headed monkey!

      • +4 votes

        You fight like a dairy farmer.

  •  

    Sonarr for automated downloads

  • +10 votes

    Until bs geographical lockouts go away, pirates will be here to stay. Pirating is much less thanks to streaming, but 800 services with competing and differing content per area becomes too complicated and expensive.

    •  

      Hahahahahahaha. Surely you jest!

  • +9 votes

    this is unavailable in your region like hell it isn't

  • +6 votes

    You think we keep buying all these hard drives to keep our memoirs on?? I must admit though that Apple Music has saved me a lot of online MP3 mining. So that’s something I guess. Although I spent decades collecting all my old school essentials.

  • +5 votes

    How big is your personal “Netflix” library? I’ve got at least 50TB and that is all backed up on another 50TB. I use Plex as my server.

    How about you??

    • +2 votes

      Is that on 2 NAS?
      I'm probably at 10tb. Raided but no media backed up. Don't care that much.

      • +1 vote

        No I have a rat’s nest of external hard drives. Messy but functional plus a cupboard full of backups.I’m a hoarder plus with the Apple Music model of having access to virtually everything I’ve ever listened to I figure why do it for myself with video? I have some really hard to find stuff from days gone by and as far as movies go there are a lot of classics going back as far as 100 years still worth a look.