I do a fair bit of “borrowing”.
Just think of a library? You can walk in and borrow a book. You read it and take nothing physical out of it. It just fills the head with ideas and then you return the book for anyone else to borrow.
Well, I borrow films and television series. The only difference is, to use the above analogy that I photocopy the book without removing it from the library. In other words I take a copy. Once I have watched it I delete it.
There are those that say my little hobby is illegal. That is the fault of the law and not my conscience. I am not stealing anything. In fact, in most cases I am borrowing a film that has already been aired, where I could have recorded it quite legitimately. In other cases I start to watch a film as it is broadcast but I find the advertisements are so fucking irritating so I borrow that film without the advertisements. I’m not stealing from the advertisers because I mute them and ignore them anyway. They are just a nuisance that destroys the flow of the narrative.
The only problem I have is in my setup in the Manor. I have a wee box which sits between a hard drive and the television which I use to play the programmes I have borrowed. The problem is that it is damned fussy about file types. Every now and then it will refuse to play one and will demand that I RTFM, which is fuck all use. And now it’s starting to complain about types that worked before. Time for a replacement?
I searched the Interwebs. All I want is a box that has USB and HDMI ports, that recognises all file types and has a remote control. Network would be handy but not essential. They are remarkably hard to find. I found one in the end that seems to fit the bill but it doesn’t have networking. Ah well… At least it’s cheap.
Watched “A Beautiful Mind” the other night.
A brilliant film.