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Demand for free movies online without downloading increases

We reported yesterday that 9 pirate Internet movie websites were taken down for allowing users to download movies. We all know that this breaches copyright laws, but the strange thing is — demand for these free movies has now increased as a result of this latest move by U.S. authorities.

For years authorities and movie studios have been doing all they can to put an end to free movie downloading, and it finally looks as though they are making a difference. There are those out there that feel that they have a right to these movies — even though it is stealing.

Looking at some of the comments, we can see that people have a very strong opinion on this latest move. Some saying that as long as these download sites are up they will keep downloading free movies.

Another reader said that shutting down ninjavideo.net was pointless as there are still thousand of others on the Internet. We have to disagree with that one, by taking down this website it means that there is one less to deal with.

The thing that users hated the most about ninjavideo.net being closed down was how they will no longer be able to get TV shows that is not available to UK residents.

Do you have an opinion on this, we believe that these online movie sites are spoiling the movie industry — the sooner they are all gone the better.

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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billy
billy

people should not pirate movies of line that takes away from the theaters and other people that put time and effort in to the movie and that when u have to wait for the movie to come out that just makes u want to watch that even more and all that is is that people feel that just cause u can do something doesnt make it. when people feel that they can do that it also takes away from the money to make that next one and that no one likes

Nic Skodachek

spoiling the movie industry? honestly? You're joking right. Because you would have to be joking. Ok when a movie comes out, let's say a movie you really really really wanna see. would you rather go to the theaters and watch it with surround sound and a huge screen or stare at your little monitor with your two little speakers and watch it. I don't know about you but to me I would rather watch a long awaited movie in theaters, where I get the full movie feeling. And also movie's are pieces of art, and art is meant to be… Read more »

hopeandchange
hopeandchange

First of all I have stopped going to watch or buy movies because I am sick of having to hear about what what all the actors think about political stuff. If I want to hear about that stuff I will research it or catch a news program. I don't go to my dentist to get advice about my car problems so i say to holly wood in general is shut the fuck up and dance like the circus monkey you are your job is to entertain me not educate me. I also watch TV shows from other countries like TOP… Read more »

fuk obama
fuk obama

this shows how way off base this current administration is. they would rather shut down millions of users that pay money for internet use to make hollywood actors happy instead of realizing this is future and actors should be thrilled to be exposed to millions of people instead of millions of dollars.

guest 666
guest 666

The website watchmovies(dot)net appears to have changed to a phising site, lotta popups, no actual movies, claims you can watch movies that won't be out yet for years!

Pity. I usually decided if a film was "theater worthy" by watching the crappy online version. If I hafta actually waste God's Precious Bandwidth ta download it, I sure won't be payin again to watch in the theater.

ninjadog
ninjadog

Whatever else you want to say Ninjavideo did a better job of streaming content delivery than the networks. I work hard. I took my girlfriend to the movies yesterday. I had already seen a shoddy cam which made me want to see the movie in a theater. I have a collection of literally thousands of movies on DVD. I only watch TV online. I know a dozen other sites to watch tv on but none of them has the depth of content that Ninjavideo had. No doubt as the flower spreads seed Ninja VIdeo will be reincarnated.

Xenres
Xenres

Honestly, I hardly used NinjaVideo for movies. I have a huge blu ray/dvd collection in which every single disc is paid for, and I continue to go to the theater to see them on the big screen. When I have downloaded a film, it's usually been as a screening to see whether or not the film actually deserves my money. At ticket prices sometimes near $15-16, you can be damn sure that I'm being choosy when it comes to what I want to give my hard earned money to. However, cams and screeners more often than not look and sound… Read more »

Heidi
Heidi

Part 3 I continue to buy DVDs as they come out for movies I've seen there as well for my own collection and for my family to see. I treat it as a prescreener, but BIG HOLLYWOOD still gets my money in the end. in one way or another. In closing I feel it is a big mistake to shut down popular websites, especially with such huge followers, because all you're going to do is get people so pissed off they're going to open 3 to that 1 or 4 or 5 ….It will never stop!! RESURRECT NINJAVIDEO.NET WE LOVE… Read more »

Heidi
Heidi

Part 2 Not to mention I have watched movies on NV that I was unable to get to a theater for but I then recommend it to family and get tons of my friends to go see it in a theater. It's called promoting the movies. I used to be a successful local radio dj so I have plenty of friends and believe me, they trust my movie savvy. In fact in a stroke of irony I find it interesting that as a radio dj I was allowed to see the movies in theaters for free (while employed) and then… Read more »

Heidi
Heidi

Part 1 Wow …. my heart just sank into my stomach as I tried in vain to go to my favorite site, ninjavideo and instead caught the few words of this article and clicked to read the news. I feel like I have lost a friend. I am physically disabled so I do not get out very often. Also my medications cause me to be sleepy often and I LOVE TV and movies which I miss a lot. A friend of mine suggested NV about a year and a half ago and I was in love. The people who run… Read more »

Mark
Mark

I must admitt i have watched a few movies on NV funny thing is if the movie was good i went out and bought the blueray coppy anyway… but probably wouldnt of done without a preview as the costs are so high…i wouldnt want to waste cash on a bad film

Dean
Dean

If it wasn't for NinjaVideo I wouldn't have been able to catch up on shows like Heroes (or discovered canceled shows like Happy Town), since the US broadcasters refuse to allow streaming video outside of the US. As for movies…. well personally I found that after watching some of the cam quality (or russian sub-titled) releases they had, if the movie was good, I ended up buying the DVD when it came out anyways

Andy
Andy

What works about this form of Piracy is I can see so many movies and TV shows at no cost to me. Now, if any other 'pirates' are like me, which I am betting they are, they wouldn't pay for 95% of what they watch online meaning that a lot of movies and television shows wouldn't be seen by thousands of people and might never be seen. There are tons of great movies and TV shows I haven't seen because I haven't had the opportunity to see them for free. What Hollywood doesn't understand is that by trying to end… Read more »

mulder
mulder

i was a ninja watcher. in fact, ninjavider was the only thing my telly ever displayed. i just completely disagree on how normal tv is delivered to me! if i like a show, say lost, those tv people really think i build my live arround a show, being home every week the same time and dont care when i miss an episode? thats bullshit, i want to watch what and when i want, normal telly just sucks entirely for me. my tv stays black until i have to find a new way, and if that means going back to torrent!!!… Read more »

Ninjavideo#Fan
Ninjavideo#Fan

Im So in with Danielle on this one.. i mean they are free tv-shows.. and im from germany.. how am i supposed to get them streamd here or anywhere.. i sometimes cant even watch some youtube vids cause of the region.. its really sad.. and i hope that the TV section will come up again!!!
NINJAVIDEO!!..Rip?.. bhaha never!!

Jose
Jose

Johnny Depp, 97 million dollars last year. Yes, online sites are really hurting them.

UKninjafan
UKninjafan

Ninjavideo was the best site for years. The quiality of streams, the absence of repeated ads every ten minutes, and the occassional gem of a documentary which i would never have noticed, have been food since i discovered it.

A sad day for the internet.

Respect and gratitude to Phara, Wadswerth, Cree8 and all at Ninja.

RIP Nijnavideo

Danielle
Danielle

I personally love to support GOOD movies by watching them in theaters. Even though Ninja had good quality, nothing compares to the theater. However, I used Ninja primarily to catch up on TV-shows, which are free to watch and record on your DVR to begin with. How is that illegal? Is it so wrong for me to watch a FREE TV-show without the inundation of commercials that I receive from HULU, abc.com, cbs.com, etc.? Taking down the TV show section was retarded. There were a lot of good shows (some unavailable for purchase or stream elsewhere). I hope that the… Read more »

Dave
Dave

Food for thought, I wonder how many allied troops in Iraq and Afghanistan used these on line sites to kick back and relax on there own time?

Cake
Cake

For me it’s not some need to “screw the Man” or a lack of money, that makes me prefer ninjavideo.net to any paid service. It’s the ease and convenience. The minimal effort and excellent quality. If I could legally stream any tv show whenever I wanted for a reasonable subscription I would! But all the “legal” services are filled with hoops and obstacles, DRM and limitations that just make them unpleasant at best and useless more often than not.

NinjaV, I’ll miss you.

jon
jon

All this action will do is create the demand for new sites that the US cant take down 🙂 It is impossible to stop the free flow of information on the internet, big brother will try and try and will always fail! Most of the movies I have downloaded, if they are anygood, I have gone to view them on the big screen -Avatar I have downloaded – I have also seen it 4 times in 3d. This balanced action may not be the norm, but what is obvious is that copyright law need to be sent back to the… Read more »

Jon
Jon

All this action will do is create the demand for new sites that the US cant take down 🙂 It is impossible to stop the free flow of information on the internet, big brother will try and try and will always fail! Most of the movies I have downloaded, if they are anygood, I have gone to view them on the big screen -Avatar I have downloaded – I have also seen it 4 times in 3d. This balanced action may not be the norm, but what is obvious is that copyright law need to be sent back to the… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Box-office records are broken every year, I don't think sites like this are doing much harm to the Movie Industry.

Sandra
Sandra

I want to cry. Ninja video had the best video quality. I watched my favorite tv shows ( I never watched movies on ninja) on the site and if I liked the show I would then watch new episodes on tv. I became a fan of many shows this way and I am sure I am not the only one. Its not like I can plop down in front of the tv and watch the exact episode I feel like whenever I want. And I am definitely not willing to pay over $20 for something I can get for free… Read more »

NINJA RIP
NINJA RIP

I was ninjavideo user and to be honest I used it mostly to watch TV shows which were not available in the UK or were on a channels that that I did not have access to with my cable contract. Also I saw shows that I might have missed, or caught up on entire seasons of a show I missed first time round. I don't see any problem with watching/streaming/downloading shows once they have been aired – and the bonus of this is that the less well know shows get talked about, blogged about everywhere in the world not just… Read more »

nothappy
nothappy

Aw no! Now I'll never be able to see shows that only air in the USA.

Scott
Scott

The movies I can understand, the TV shows that can’t be seen in a different region I cannot. Afterall if the company doesn’t intend to Market a particular tv show in a certain region then there’s no harm in allowing a region to see it for free. It could even be a good thing to help gauge how popular a show would be in a particular region. But going back to the movie industry for a moment, each major studio needs to realise there is more to this downloading just because it’s avalible to a user. The cost of buying… Read more »

StreamNow
StreamNow

When will the TV / Movie Industry learn that this is how people want their product delivered? If they started streaming content half as well as these sites did, people would gladly pay a reasonable fee. Don't shed any tears for these idiots who can't tell which way the wind is blowing.

silvia
silvia

Nope, what is ruining the movie industry are the inflated salaries für overrated actors and studio execs combined with hollywoods disregard for talented writers.

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