Pay TV for free

  • Reporter: James Thomas
  • Broadcast Date: July 25, 2008

Earlier this week, we brought you Jamie Balzan and his site "dontpaytv" - his online answer to escaping the increasing costs of pay TV.

Pay Jamie instead and for $50 his site will give you more channels than you'll ever need. But stop right there.

Why pay Jamie a dime when you can in fact download pay TV for absolutely nothing? Zippo, not a cent, according to IT manager Matt Mcmahon.

"If you have an average computer at home, 15 to 20 minutes and you'll have it all."

After last night's story we were contacted by Matt who says free programming off the web is so accessible these days, anyone can do it.

Step 1: choose the site which will enable you to download your favourite program. Just search for "free tv" and you'll get thousands of options.

But Matt mentions the biggies: "The two main ones are Joost and TVU."

Step 2: choose what you want to watch.

Step 3: The best things in life really are for free.

But there are some download sites on the internet that offer movies and TV shows illegally.

IT expert Peter Blasina explains: "It is not illegal to use the site. That is perfectly legal - when you go to download the movies, they are all copyrighted movies or television programs or videos, that is illegal."

But he says many people are doing it: "The reality is, it is highly unlikely they are going to get a knock on the door."

Surely millions of people downloading programs for free is a major headache for companies that actually pay millions for the right to charge you?

"Absolutely, it is a huge issue and the thing is, it is so easy to get all this content off the internet. Snd how do you address it? Every time it is encoded or locked up, somebody cracks it. You just can't beat it," adds Peter.

"It is a generational thing, the 20-somethings and below are doing this thousands of times a day."

Welcome to the free new world!

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