streaming videos

The Netflix Question


There was a scamper when Netflix came about offering streaming movies to watch on tv. The scamper was not about the rush to subscribe to Netflix. The rush was about the compulsion of owning what is downloaded. In simple words, people want to have a copy of the movies that they watched from the Netflix provider.

This comes as a form of a habit. The easy dubbing of vhs and dvd movies have made people habitually fond of owning copies for themselves, not only as a means to get their money’s worth, but to enjoy the success of  beating copyrights and copyguards. The more complicated the copyguards were attached to the movies, the more attraction these very same movies had.  It’s a challenge, that’s what it is, a challenge.

The good part of this challenge is that it egged the people to buy or rent more dvd’s. In that short a time, moviemaking flourished, so much so that even the theaters became more profitable even  against their worse expectations.

Comes now the blue ray format that made movies exhilarating and more enjoyable to watch with its amazing resolution, fantastic sharpness, and breathtaking colors. The people now has a new challenge, one that seems insurmountable, what with expensive BD media, faster frame speeds, and voluminous data processing. the new challenge for the people is not anymore the bypassing of copyguards and copyrights. The expense in removing these is too much for the enthusiast to consider.  Besides, there is no BD rental stores around now, ever since the idea of streaming the video online was introduced, mainly by Netflix.

Streaming video is very much like ‘flashing” the video data, or the data that produces the movies come into the tv only to display the image and produce the sound, and afterwards disappears in a flash. In other words, there might not be any data to copy or download. Likewise when the streaming video enters the computer desktop, it resides momentarily in the ram memory and does not visit the hard drive core memory. Hence, it cannot be copied.

But of course, the challenge is still there, and it gnaws at everybody who wants to have a copy for their own collection. So how would they do this?

The assault to streaming video, and thereby to Netflix, is done by forcing the video signals to slow down so that the ‘grabber” can grab the data and send it to the hard drive. But all kidding aside, as if I were kidding, if the vhs and the dvd format can be copied, then perhaps convert the BD signals back to vhs or dvd speeds.  And there you go, softwares were devised to convert the signals. Connectors were designed to input the signals to the desktop via usb ports. The idea is to grab the data as it streams by.

But then again, slowing it down to vhs or dvd spoeed just about removes the brilliant colors, the beauty of the motions, and the sharp images of the blue ray format. So, video editing software comes to the fore to do their job of restoring the captured video to blue ray proportions.

The question for netflix, therefore, is how long a time before these thingamajigs of connectors, softwares, gadgets and the like will flood the market just to capture streaming video signals.


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Don’t get me wrong, though, such methods that I described to capture streaming video  is tedious, and is usually a waste of time.

The Siege falters


The attacks on this site is wavering. Those stubborn webmasters are finally quieting down, mainly because when I find that they act childish, I start denying access to them. Note that some of the webmasters mean well in pointing out the errors on this site, and for these actions I am truly grateful.

Oftentimes in the course of my ip denials, the whole domain is affected, the consequence of which is that their clients are also denied access to this website. The rod is not spared for this case.

It should be interesting to note that the cgi-based notice of suspension of this site was a very obvious curiosity to some of you, even garnering one of the top number of hits on this site for a single post on a single day.

What really was the cause of the suspension?

The former webhost of this site insisted that the terms of agreement has been broken by this site in having MEDIA FILES IN STORAGE, citing the steaming videos or .mpg’s that you watch. It is a wonder that after so many years of webhosting, this came up suddenly. Of course I never read something like this when I accepted the terms, but no matter, media requirements are changed without giving prior notice to subscribers anyway, like in TV receptions.

My contention is that the video clips are not in storage. They are an active part of every post. This site is unlike a commercial website that sells music or movies. A suggestion was made for me to put upload my video clips to You Tube, another American company, and then link my posts to that site, which streams videos very unlike the quality that you get from this site. And simultaneously, that webhost reduces the service charges to $3.95 a month very cheap. Of course this can be achieved if the clients were to share some particular amount of disk space.

This site must have cramped their service because the video clips occupy a considerable amount of space. Moreover, when these video clips are downloaded, it also crimps the speed of download from the server. I believe that the offer before I accepted the hosting was unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth. If they cannot give me these, then the webhosting service is the one that violates the terms of agreement.

You may ask, are my video clips active all the time. Sure. The error logs tell me that you people search for some video clips that I uploaded in 2009. I have not uploaded all the files that were there before the suspension. But now you people are asking to have them there. OK then. You will have them.

BY THE WAY, the name of this host is Canadianwebhosting. The techs here have experienced the unusually labyrinthine way of transferring my files to their servers.

Canadianwebhosting charged me about three times more than the last webhost did. They also offer unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth. But there never was a mention of streaming videos in the terms of agreement. This is good, because I offered to take down the video clips that are obsolete.