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Ask Slashdot: Movie/Video Search Aggregation?

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the merging-millions-of-methods dept.

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raolin writes "I have been running without television service for the last few years, relying instead on Netflix Streaming, Hulu Plus, Amazon, and my personal video library. I have the latter indexed and easily searchable, but I have not managed to find a good aggregator for the streaming services that I use, so when I have friends over and the question 'Can we see X?' is asked, I have to search three streaming sources, which is kind of a drag. I know Netflix has a search API that I could work with, and it seems at least possible that Hulu and Amazon do as well, but before I try to build something myself I thought I'd ask the community. Any thoughts?"

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Tomahawk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691685)

http://www.tomahawk-player.org/ [tomahawk-player.org]

I don't use it myself. But it does what you want. If you are into amateur entertainment. Which a increasing number of people are.

Re:Tomahawk (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691737)

It does what you want, actually, it doesn't.

FTFY

'Can we see X?' (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692037)

"when I have friends over and the question 'Can we see X?' is asked, I have to search three streaming sources, which is kind of a drag"

First world problems, indeed...

Re:Tomahawk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692643)

Tomahawk is fantastic, but is for music only... not movies/videos.

GoWatchit.com is just such a service (2, Informative)

djk1024 (1209862) | about 2 years ago | (#39691721)

I've been trying out http://gowatchit.com/ [gowatchit.com] . It allows you to set up a queue of desired movies and then alerts you when a movie is available to stream on a selection of feeds. My only complaint is that I've not found a way to distinguish between free (to me) and paid available sources.

Re:GoWatchit.com is just such a service (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692931)

Check out http://www.canistream.it

It tells you the ones that are free versus paid. There are also iPhone and Android apps.

Re:GoWatchit.com is just such a service (1)

green1 (322787) | about 2 years ago | (#39694093)

I found a few problems here:
1) it fails to search more often than it succeeds, even for movies I know for a fact are available on one of the services it claims to search
2) if it does find something in a general search, it doesn't tell you which of the services it was found on, nor provide a link to go to it
3) I never did manage to get the android app to find any movies at all, and it assumed portrait mode and wouldn't do landscape.

Solution already exists... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691723)

Have you tried http://zinc.tv? It works for me and does more than your 4 sites.

try clicker.com (1)

goombah99 (560566) | about 2 years ago | (#39693125)

Clicker.com will automatically pull in your existing netflxi Queue and stay synced with it. This was the big deal for me. It meant I can continue using netflix as my primary but also find availability on Amazon or Hulu for the things netflix misses.

The main problem with it is that it does not differentiate between free and paid so you have to go look.

Re:try clicker.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39694113)

Looks cool... until I saw the only way to sign up was via facebook. Fail. That's starting to piss me off...second time this week there's been a cool service I wanted to check out, but didn't because of that....

Re:Solution already exists... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39696949)

just tried http://zinc.tv and not a fan.

It lists 6 episodes for the show Psych, 4-9 on Amazon and 4-8 on Vudu.... issue is both services have all the episodes available including up to episode 16 which was on this past wednesday @ 10 pm (the season finale).

Nice service but their info seems to be lagging pretty badly (episode 9 would have been on 7 weeks ago, and season 8 was on 8 weeks ago...)

google TV has it. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691725)

googletv has it. i have Logitech Revue and it lets you search by name and displays where its available. but it not support hulu. searches amazon, netflix, cable, movie packages.

Re:google TV has it. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691869)

if you configured your external media accounts in googletv, it will tell you whether its free/paid/rent and provides links to each.
GoogleTV Search is neat.

Meanwhile... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691743)

...in Africa, people are asking themselves "What am I gonna eat today?" or "Where do I go to find fresh water?". Any thoughts, first-world-problem community?

Seriously, it's been said many times already, but we really are dumbing down as a civilization. Instead of thinking how to fix important problems or how to explore space, we're investigating such pressing matters as "How do I find that episode in which Ross and Rachel have sex and Rachel gets pregnant?".

Re:Meanwhile... (3, Insightful)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 2 years ago | (#39691759)

Yeah, you're right. People are so dumb they can't even stay on-topic. Every discussion, no matter how trivial, can be hijacked to serve a poster's idea of what's wrong with everyone else but me.

Re:Meanwhile... (1, Offtopic)

anne on E. mouse cow (867445) | about 2 years ago | (#39691983)

Instead of thinking how to fix important problems or how to explore space, we're investigating such pressing matters as "How do I find that episode in which...

Because you can't possibly do both, duh.

And whilst exploring space is an interesting pursuit, science is not at the point where we can colonise other planets and this doesn't help people get fresh water does it.

playing Devil's advocate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692049)

Because you can't possibly do both, duh.

Correct. As a species we spend far more time on entertainment than space or alleviating poverty. We cannot spend the same resources twice, despite what Keynes may think.

Of course, a top scientist might relax by watching a movie. But for some people (e.g. on the autistic spectrum) that distraction could harm their work.

And whilst exploring space is an interesting pursuit, science is not at the point where we can colonise other planets

All the more reason to spend time on it. Any approaching asteroid is not going to wait simply because we are not ready.

and this doesn't help people get fresh water does it.

"This" meaning diverting more time to the problem? Yes it does.

Re:playing Devil's advocate (2)

haydensdaddy (1719524) | about 2 years ago | (#39692057)

And on those long trips to colonize other planets they'll need what? Entertainment, that's right. Kudos to the OP for his foresight into this problem and performing the needed research for the benefit of humanity. :P

Re:playing Devil's advocate (4, Interesting)

Wild_dog! (98536) | about 2 years ago | (#39692515)

My problem is I work a menial job and have only moderate brainpower so I don't think I will every be able to work on the questions of space travel.
But I love to watch movies about it.

Re:playing Devil's advocate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692585)

My problem is I work a menial job and have only moderate brainpower so I don't think I will every be able to work on the questions of space travel.

I am sure that you are aware that astronomy is one of the few sciences where Joe Average can still make ground breaking discoveries. Astronomy clubs have the details.

Re:playing Devil's advocate (1)

Wild_dog! (98536) | about 2 years ago | (#39699037)

thanks....
I can't believe this got modded to zero?
Sometimes I am baffled by how things are evolving.

Re:playing Devil's advocate (1)

12_West (615382) | about 2 years ago | (#39698171)

Keep watching those movies Wild Dog! Every effort needs it's supporters. Maybe also write your representatives in Washington and tell them you think space is important. Then you will have helped with a real problem: paying for space research. My apologies to the community for taking this discussion further off topic. Average people are important too IMO.

Re:Meanwhile... (1)

analogorithm (2473080) | about 2 years ago | (#39692193)

...in Africa, people are asking themselves "What am I gonna eat today?" or "Where do I go to find fresh water?". Any thoughts, first-world-problem community?

Seriously, it's been said many times already, but we really are dumbing down as a civilization. Instead of thinking how to fix important problems or how to explore space, we're investigating such pressing matters as "How do I find that episode in which Ross and Rachel have sex and Rachel gets pregnant?".

You do realize that the time you spent posting this annoying comment could have been spent feeding starving children in Africa right? We all know you are a troll, which is funny, because you are trolling for entertainment purposes. Look at any culture in history, they all had some form of entertainment. I'm not saying that some people don't work harder than other people, or that some people don't have more important jobs/hobbies than other people, but just try to imagine what life would be like if you were working every waking hour. Taking a shower would be awesome, but that's wasting time and water. . .

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692273)

Well, maybe we should stop supporting them so that, I'm sorry to say, they can die off naturally. If they cannot support themselves in their environment and continue to procreate and exponentially make their problem worse, then why not let nature take its course.

I agree with you that the OP's issue is trivial, but it has nothing to do with the third world.

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692665)

Well, maybe we should stop supporting them so that, I'm sorry to say, they can die off naturally. If they cannot support themselves in their environment and continue to procreate and exponentially make their problem worse, then why not let nature take its course.

This'd only work if we could truly isolate these places. Imagine a world in which places like Yemen, Afghanistan , Arizona and North Korea could be left to rot in isolation. I'd sign-up for that world in a flash, but it's not going to happen. These fuck-ups act as reservoirs for disease, havens for criminals and will almost certainly be exporting their bullshit. Trying to leave these retrograde fucks to their own fate is like asking Alabamans to keep religion out of their schools and their hands off of their sisters.

Re:Meanwhile... (1)

vinehair (1937606) | about 2 years ago | (#39692295)

...so says the Anonymous Coward on Slashdot at 9.41am. Ran out of new rocket fuel candidates to study?

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692531)

Oh hell, I will jump in.

- Maybe if they did not all have 7 kids, there would be more food to go around.
- Maybe if they moved TO the water source they would not have to walk 2 miles to get it.

Look around, all old cities are BY a water source. Phoenix and Las Vegas were only able to grow once a water source was diverted to them.

Africa's problems are predominately a Political issue based on one group not liking the other group. The have's want to keep the have not's poor and subjugated as much as they can for as long as they can. Find a way to change the nature of man and you will have your solution.

Back on topic:

I thought search/aggregation was one of the points of Google TV?

Re:Meanwhile... (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#39692949)

It's Africa. You can't live near the water. You will get malaria.

White do-gooders have probably done more damage to Africa by giving incompetent advice than all of the "natural dangers" combined.

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39695015)

White do-gooders have probably done more damage to Africa by giving money and food aid than all of the "natural dangers" combined.

FTFY

I've seen it first hand. It fuels the corrupt elements in their governments (or militant groups) and helps to build up and even larger population that can't support itself, there by making the problem worse.

Re:Meanwhile... (1)

SilverJets (131916) | about 2 years ago | (#39692877)

Last time I checked Slashdot was exactly about solving the submitter's problem and not about feeding people in Africa.

By the way, western countries have been DUMPING money into Africa for decades. Decades. Plural. And that has failed to solve the problem. Maybe the solution is the simplest one: The starving people in Africa live in a fucking desert. Maybe they should move to where the food is.

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39695167)

A lot of them don't live in the desert and still manage to starve. They don't think the way you do, if you gave a man a weeks pay, he will show up the next morning starving. Asking them how that happened is frustrating, they can't seem to grasp the idea that they might want to eat again tomorrow and can do something about it by holding on to some money for more than an hour. A white ex-co-worker of mine owns a grape farm there and complained constantly that his employes can't seem to understand that they need to order fertilizer and pest control chemicals for the next season. There is no such thing as preventive maintenance - if a machine still works they run it until it destroys itself, THEN they try to fix it or just throw it away and while about it for a while.

Re:Meanwhile... (1)

CTU (1844100) | about 2 years ago | (#39698085)

Then why are you here reading about someone ask this question instead of talking to and with people working on those problems?

Google it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691755)

I'm not trolling, I'm being serious. Do a google search that only includes particular servers with information about the material you want. For instance a google-search that only includes the hulu and netflix servers. You don't search the material, you search the index and it will take you to links that you click for the material.

Searching (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691801)

My logitech Revue searches netflix and youtube at the same time, pretty sure it searches those other sources too.

what is TV... (1)

issicus (2031176) | about 2 years ago | (#39691833)

I had one. gowatchit.com looks good for online. I like coollector for ripped video, it has a nice browse feature too.

2 online resources (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691907)

you have http://instantwatcher.com/ and http://www.matcha.tv/

clicker.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39691911)

clicker.com

square peg round hole (0)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#39691999)

square peg round hole

Streaming is the worst possible tech for your use. Download what you think you and your friends would like, watch later. Not as much buffering and related trouble, either.

The standard /. automotive analogy would be your scenario is like randomly pulling over and stopping shipping trucks on the highway looking for a crate of model CA7094 air filters, instead of going to autozone and buying a air filter off the shelf.

Re:square peg round hole (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692051)

Yeeeaahhhh, no. Netflix never buffers on me past the first time it loads the video. And I can just find a video I want and be watching it, without having to think hours ahead about what I want. It sounds like someone (you) hasn't used streaming technology since the 90's.

Re:square peg round hole (1, Interesting)

BenEnglishAtHome (449670) | about 2 years ago | (#39692125)

Netflix never buffers on me past the first time it loads the video. And I can just find a video I want and be watching it, without having to think hours ahead about what I want.

Lucky you. What device are you using - your computer, sombody's little black box that hooks up to your TV, a TV with the right stuff built in, or something else?

As a long-time Tivo devotee, I figured to dump my Roku box when I got my new Tivo a few weeks ago. For best connectivity, I used ethernet cable to hook it up rather than wireless. It's been a mixed blessing. I now have one less device and one less remote cluttering the entertainment center and the Tivo is, as always, superb for watching TV.

The Netflix functionality built into the Tivo, however, just sucks. You can't search; you can only view your instant queue. While there's always an iPad on the coffee table that I can use to search and update the queue, then go back to the Tivo to watch, I still find that to be a painful kludge of a workaround.

Once you've scrolled through your queue all the way to the bottom (no navigation buttons or methods that I can find except to hold down the "down" button), starting up the video is not always a smooth process. Sometimes the screen goes black and nothing happens; you have to back out and start over. Sometimes the initial buffering progress bar shows up and, still, nothing happens. Start over.

I will, however, say that once the movie starts, it rarely pauses to buffer. When it does, it generally just stops and bounces completely out of the movie, back to the movie information screen.

I love Tivo and will never give it up but their Netflix implementation is crap. I can't tell you how many times I've found my sister watching a movie on Netflix using her iPad while sitting in the living room, right in front of the main TV/entertainment center, with the big TV turned off.

My point: The Netflix streaming experience varies widely with the method/hardware used to access it.

Re:square peg round hole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692359)

A helpful tivo hint when using Netflix -> Use the "skip" button to jump scroll

Re:square peg round hole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39693219)

I use an xbox 360 for netflix. I can only remember my connection rebuffering 3-4 times in about last 2 years. Although once the video quality looked like crap (maybe 480i-ish) so we decided to do something else.

Re:square peg round hole (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 2 years ago | (#39693819)

I think Tivo screwed the pooch by not including LOCAL streaming to its device. Im dumping my Tivo soon and switching to Xbox/MCE with CableCARD. No monthly fee($2 card rental), WAY better video conversion (Tivo 'highest' conversion setting is a crappy ipad resolution.) and streaming for everything. (with transcoding if needed). If they had jsut been able to make it stream to and from the device, I would own it forever, but all the nice streaming service integration on the Tivo is for naught if I cant also inject my own streams.

Re:square peg round hole (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 2 years ago | (#39704901)

You actually CAN stream to your Tivo, at least using third party tools. (and no, I'm not confusing it with TivoToGo)

Also, you talk about better video conversion -- you can download shows from your TiVo with lots of other tools, e.g. kmttg, and then convert them (if you want to) with any other tools.

Re:square peg round hole (1)

radish (98371) | about 2 years ago | (#39696177)

Netflix on Tivo is abysmal, which is a shame because I love Tivo. Netflix on everything else (PS3, Xbox, PC, Roku, etc,) is pretty sweet. I bought a couple of WDTV streamers for under $100 each and use those for Netflix & local media streaming, keeping the Tivo for recorded stuff. It's a shame, but I have yet to find any solution which really works well for multi room cablecard DVR, network file playback & streaming.

(and yes, I've looked at WMC, XBMC, Boxee and pretty much everything else - they all fall down somewhere).

Re:square peg round hole (1)

stephanruby (542433) | about 2 years ago | (#39696203)

What resolution does it stream in? In any case, it seems that the Tivo is rather the exception rather than the rule in this case.

For me even with my cheap laptop or a cheap older PC, and on the cheapest slowest DSL plan, Netflix has always worked for me (as long as someone else in my family isn't streaming something else at the same time).

Re:square peg round hole (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 2 years ago | (#39704877)

Once you've scrolled through your queue all the way to the bottom (no navigation buttons or methods that I can find except to hold down the "down" button),

I'm not absolutely sure this works in the Netflix interface (which isn't built into the Tivo, AFAIK.. I think it's essentially a web app), but for the main Tivo menus, the skip to tick/30 second skip button ( ->| button) jumps to the end then to the beginning of a menu.. e.g. now playing or any other menu screen.

Re:square peg round hole (5, Interesting)

nebular (76369) | about 2 years ago | (#39692103)

Actually streaming is exactly what he wants to use. He doesn't want to pre-download what he or his friends might want to watch. He wants to just sit down and find out if he can watch x as soon as it pops into his head or his friends suggest it.

In the automotive analogy, it's like he's driving down the road and he or his passenger wants a hamburger, but he has to check 3 different maps for Wendy's McDonald's and Burger King to see if there's one at the next exit. It would be easier if he could just check one place.

Re:square peg round hole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692925)

Another car analogy would be rest stops. Ask your passenger if he's looking for bear, buff, twink or athletic, then just press a few keys and find out the mile marker.

Any others?

Re:square peg round hole (1)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#39695779)

Another car analogy would be rest stops. Ask your passenger if he's looking for bear, buff, twink or athletic, then just press a few keys and find out the mile marker.

Any others?

You mean like, congressmen, priest ... oh you meant "any others" like other analogies...

Re:square peg round hole (1)

Zsub (1365549) | about 2 years ago | (#39692173)

Yeah, I concur. If friends are over and we want to watch a movie, either I already have it, or I can download it in about ten minutes, so while that is going on, we play a short boardgame or prepare some drinks and food and hé presto!

Re:square peg round hole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692185)

The standard /. automotive analogy would be your scenario is like randomly pulling over and stopping shipping trucks on the highway looking for a crate of model CA7094 air filters, instead of going to autozone and buying a air filter off the shelf.

That is totally inaccurate. You are telling them to download things that they "THINK" their friends want to watch. How much time will be wasted. Your analogy is more accurate for your advice than what they are doing.

Your way would be randomly stopping trucks looking for the filter. At least the way they are doing it, they are stopping Autozone trucks on the highway looking for the filter.

Re:square peg round hole (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#39692975)

If you don't know what your "friends" would want to watch then you don't know them very well do you?

The idea that current streaming options are a suitable "instant gratification" mechanism always amuses me given that they tend to be subject to things like 28 and 56 day release delays.

Re:square peg round hole (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 2 years ago | (#39693121)

From what I've seen, as the number of friends in the room increases, your ability to accurately predict what everybody wants to/is willing to watch approaches 0 :)

Re:square peg round hole (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 2 years ago | (#39704973)

Oh, the horrors! A whole 28 and 56 days!

Solution: Queue up a bunch of movies, then suddenly, the "delay" becomes meaningless. I already end up watching some shows (e.g. HBO shows) on DVD year(s) after they originally came out.

I would say these delays are a very minor annoyance, but not much. If they went to multiple years, then yeah, maybe it would be an annoyance. But I already was watching years old movies and TV shows (that I had never seen before) on netflix (the vast majority via DVD, I used streaming very rarely, and turned it off completely after the threatened split + price increase).

The Internet is not like a big truck... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692373)

...it's a series of *tubes*...!

Re:square peg round hole (1)

noh8rz3 (2593935) | about 2 years ago | (#39692859)

yes this is the best answer for sure. "do you have X?" "no, but i will download it! let's watch it in 7 hours." awesome!"

Re:square peg round hole (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#39692991)

If it takes 7 hours for you do download a movie, then you aren't going to be streaming anything anyways.

Re:square peg round hole (1)

noh8rz3 (2593935) | about 2 years ago | (#39694263)

netflix minimum for streaming = 1.5mbps. = 6 seconds per megabyte. = 5 hours for 3 gig movie. i don't know what your get-togethers are like, but this would be a deal breaker. For friends coming over, I would just rent it on iTunes. Considering the investment of time my friends and i getting together (you understand if you have kids) it's totally worth it to spend $4 to choose my fave movie.

Re:square peg round hole (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 2 years ago | (#39693109)

If it's some random thing my friends want to watch that there's a minimal chance I will feel the burning need for in the future, IMHO I'd rather stream it because a) I don't want to buy it and b) streaming for free is rather less illegal than downloading for free, right?

Re:square peg round hole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39699323)

Streaming is the worst possible tech for your use. Download what you think you and your friends would like, watch later.

Someone mod this "-1 stupidest useless fucking suggestion"

Grammar Nitpick (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692187)

"Latter" means the second of two things. If you're going to use it, then at least use it correctly.

Re:Grammar Nitpick (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692381)

I have always hated that term "latter"... "means the second of two things"? Okay, so second as in the order it was read or the order it was stated?

Re:Grammar Nitpick (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39693263)

Thanks to merriam-webster...I also looked up the definition of "moron" but I didn't want to paste the definition with your real name in it.

1
a : belonging to a subsequent time or period : more recent b : of or relating to the end c : recent, present
2
: of, relating to, or being the second of two groups or things or the last of several groups or things referred to

You must be really lazy.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692207)

..to think its too much effort to search three services! Plus is there any point to searching all three services if you apparently only ever find what you are interested in on your third search? Why not reverse your search order??? Then you always find it on your first search!!!

Oh sorry, other reason it might be too much effort for you.. too much weed..

Jinni could be what you're looking for (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692229)

Try Jinni: http://www.jinni.com .

It's a movie recommendation engine, but it will back up its results with watchable links to netflix, amazon, blockbuster and hulu, which I believe is what you wanted.

Matcha.tv (1)

UnAbsolute (1085113) | about 2 years ago | (#39692549)

Hulu+, Amazon, Netflix, Xfinity and iTunes are all supported and you can toggle which services you wish to browse or search. Hope this helps.

http://www.canistream.it/ (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692713)

plus mobile apps ...

CanIStream.It (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39692825)

Check out http://CanIStream.it
CanIStreamIt searches Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Crackle, Blockbuster, Youtube Movies, EPIX, Vudu, Android, Amazon on Demand.
There is also a reminder option for when movies become available.
You can also download a free iPhone and free Android app.

What do you mean by "personal video library"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39693135)

Do you mean movies that you purchased (BluRay, DVD), or home movies that you recorded yourself? If the latter, I'd like to know how you indexed them and made them searchable

Move to Canada! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39693175)

Have you considered moving to Canada? You won't get Amazon or Hulu, and Netflix (streaming only) collection pales in comparison to its US sister. Makes it a lot easier to find out you can't watch something (like ST:TNG for instance).

Note: I'm not blaming Netflix, the blame falls squarely on our friends the Rightsholders and regional licensing.

Re:Move to Canada! (1)

green1 (322787) | about 2 years ago | (#39694189)

On the bright side, In Canada it's still fully legal for us to just download whatever we want and watch it (personal use only)(note, the Harper government is working very hard to change the existing law to make this illegal, but it hasn't happened yet). Of course the companies COULD allow us to buy their product and make some money off of us, but they are far too short sighted for that.

Clicker (1)

osssmkatz (734824) | about 2 years ago | (#39693201)

This is exactly the problem that Clicker solves. It bills itself as the TV guide for the web. www.clicker.com The downside is it doesn't always index all the services right after they get a film. so even if it says no, still look and see. --Sam

Boxee (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39693281)

The Boxee software does this, and it's open source. Have a look at how they do it!

XBMC Plugins (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39693935)

Plenty of plugin's out there for XBMC [xbmc.org] of which Navi-X [navi-x.org] is one, and there are others over at XBMC HUB [xbmchub.com] so do check 'em out. I love XBMC its the best thing available anywheres right now.

Re:XBMC Plugins (1)

TemplePilot (2035400) | about 2 years ago | (#39694031)

Yessir thats the way to go! XBMC [xbmc.org] for the win! At least as long as you have unlimited cable or a very high cap heh. Especially since Boxee Box [boxee.tv] no longer supports pc's. :( Then theres PLEX [plexapp.com] and a few other variants out there, I'd stick to XBMC if I were you; plenty of plugin's and aggreators and repositories out there for XBMC you'll never be sorry.

sports (1)

misfit815 (875442) | about 2 years ago | (#39695219)

To take this down another tangent, why aren't sports available online? I'm missing a race today that I would love to be watching, but I don't get the channel it's on (NBC Sports Network). Of course, they won't provide a streaming option, even a delayed one. So, I'll be avoiding much of my online news sources for about a week, until I find some torrent I can grab and finally watch the race. Why is it so difficult?

ThePirateBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39695585)

Since most sites mentioned still don't have enough content in Canada, The Pirate Bay is still the best option.

Try my Firefox add-on Stream Chaser (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39695875)

I wrote an firefox add-on to search Vudu, Netflix, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow, Amazon, Sony Video Unlimited, YouTube and iTunes.

Available in beta here:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stream-chaser/

clicker.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39697359)

Slashdot has turned into a slimehole.

Try clicker.com.

yideo to the rescue (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39698797)

I had the same problem/desire. video.com does a great job and will show you the price and or if the stream has commericals. Give it a try.

Search aggregator (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39698901)

Check out Fanhattan app for ios

AskSlashdot != Google laziness (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39700509)

http://www.google.com/#q=can+i+stream+it

Not too hard.

findmovi.es (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39700845)

I had this same problem and wrote up a basic attempt at a solution at http://findmovi.es

Charter.net offers this today (1)

Tesseract07 (2620085) | about 2 years ago | (#39716123)

Hey everyone, thought I’d post as I work in the Product group at Charter and we actually launched a service to let you figure out where an asset is available for playback online. If you go to http://charter.net/tv/ [charter.net] just enter an episode or movie into “What Do You Want to Watch”, we aggregate feeds from Netflix, Hulu and Amazon among others
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