I have three libraries for TV Shows: Current, New and Ended. When a show concludes or is cancelled, it gets moved to Ended presuming it is worthy of retention. Also, some things get downloaded directly to Ended.
I use a bunch of RSS feeds from various places, eg. showrss.info, with qbittorrent rss filters, scripts and a bit of manual intervention to maintain Current and New. Current works pretty much like a DVR without space limits and infinite retention.
New’s RSS filter pulls down almost everything that matches S01E0 and doesn’t match real|wive|(a few other regex that indicate total crap). New is pretty much all manually maintained.
I also have a Movie library, two Music libraries and a Photo library; Photos are populated by Dropbox’s Camera Uploads feature so pix are automatically shared with the fam. The Movie and Music libraries are all manually curated. I also use Tautulli for extended tracking of who watches what, though I almost never delete crap just because no one is watching it.
All of this is backed up to the cloud using an unlimited Spideroak One Zero-knowledge backup account (not free, but I’m grandfathered into an old SO promo so I only pay $180/year for unlimited zero-knowledge cloud backup).
As for why… because I’m a sysadmin at heart and running a system like this with almost five 9’s of uptime is fun for me. I’ll also grant that I’m probably insane.
My LG TV has a Plex client as well as being the second monitor on my PC.
I’ve not used it in 3-4 years, but my bedroom TV used to be an older Raspberry Pi (B, IIRC) running RasPlex and velcro’d to the back of a Dell DVI monitor with built in speakers and USB hub. An HDMI to DVI adaptor handled the video and the speakers were via the Pi’s audio out jack. The monitor’s USB hub powered the Pi and provided extra USB ports for a WiFi dongle and FireFly Mini IR remote receiver. The hardest part was modding the RasPlex configs to get the remote working 100%.
Physical media. I’m old fashioned, but I like not having to figure out which streaming service a show is currently on. I like a lot of older shows that aren’t on streaming, anyway. It’s also good to not have to rely on the internet because it can be pretty unreliable at times. Also I just have to pay once, not in perpetuity. And I even have an asset I could sell if I really needed to. And…
@Weboh I gave the box of media I had untouched in the basement for years to the local library. At least then somewhere it would get used and save taxpayers money from buying it for lending.
Unfortunately, I think even the media pimps and publishers got their way and fucked over our library systems to steal the right-of-first-purchase from the taxpayers that fund libraries. i.e. they unfairly and illegally conspired to “rig” their contracts to uniformly offer different prices for the copy a library buys than what you or I pay for that same copy. Including extracting per-copy lending royalties (as if each library patron lending a book paid for that copy in full) - and charging physical book royalties to e-book lending.
I have zero sympathy for the publishing industry. Never have I seen such a hive of villiany and scum.
@mike808 Well, you can find a hive of villainy and scum wherever you find a bunch of people. Or in any industry, even streaming and civil “service.”
I choose to focus on the positives: People invest thousands of hours of their lives into something that will entertain me for a only fraction of that. They figure out the logistics of getting it to me, too. All I have to do is shell out a few bucks. I think that’s pretty neat.
@Weboh Um, it is the library that figured out and did all the work of making the copy available to you. That’s who should be keeping more of your tax dollars rather than less in these library system licensing deals.
The authors that created the work get practically zero from it. The money suck is entirely from the greed of the publishers that literally add zero value to the work. Every expense they incur “marketing” a work is actually charged back to the author against their advance. It is essentially usery in disguise.
@mike808 Well, the authors must get enough out of it to make it worth their while. They still get to do something they enjoy, and you do too when you read the books.
Note: I’m in no way defending this particular practice or these companies. But there’s nothing we can do about it, and we aren’t the seemingly exploited authors, either. If it bothered them enough, they could self publish or strike or something—and they would do so without checking a random poll on a deal-a-day website. We may as well not stress about things we can’t change and focus on the positives in life.
@Weboh Speak for yourself. I know several “exploited authors” and they don’t make anything close to minimum wage. Amazon takes 70% of that $1 ebook.
Basically publishers have forced authors to either be part of their grist for the mill, or be actively disparaged by the industry and forced to the “literary ghetto” of Amazon’s $1 ebook slavery model. Or worse, just give your books away for free (or be stolen) by the “influencers” who tell their followers about all thre free ebooks they can get.
Effectively, it privatizes the public library system with its perverse incentives of whatever makes Bezos money (and not you, the author) and whatever Bezos decides to allow to be sold on his privately run “library” beholden to no rights enforced by the government - if Bezos wants to sell only holocaust and climate change denier books and movies and sell The Big Lie and GQP propaganda, there is nothing stopping him. Look at the Murdoch perversion of Fox and the Koch perversion of The Federalist Society.
@mike808 I agreed with your main points in my first reply. You don’t need to convince me.
If this cause is close to your heart, may I suggest that instead of spending your limited time and energy grumbling about it on tangentially related posts, you turn that into action? Maybe write your congressman, start a change.org petition, post this on an author’s webpage where it will get more relevant exposure, invest in an ethical publisher, talk to your friends that are authors and get them to unionize or boycott Amazon or something…
But there’s only so many causes you can get that involved in. If you can’t get involved in this one, you can spend the same energy on causes you are more passionate about. Every cause can’t be yours and you don’t need to carry the torch for all of them online; that wastes time that you could instead use to actually make a difference. To bastardize a Bible passage: “Which one of you by posting complaints on a deal-a-day website can turn one of his hairs white or black? Can all your political concerns add a single moment to your life? Your heavenly father knows all of your—and the world’s—needs.” (Matthew 5-6, always a good read. Also see Phillipians 4:6-8). Basically, spend time focusing on what’s right with the world and what you can do to help change what’s wrong.
Since Pornhub isn’t an option I’ll have to go with Disney.
Seriously though, The Daily Wire. I also watch Peacock because it’s free with Comcast cable internet. Has a pretty good selection of stuff.
My new LG tv has a dizzying array of stuff to watch for free. I’ll never get anything done around here now.
I couldn’t live with just one. Not all my shows are on one anymore. We also have cable still and I don’t think my boyfriend will ever give that up. Between my family we have Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney, paramount, discovery+ and hbomax. We turn on and off paramount and discovery throughout the year depending on when things like Yellowstone are on.
If you have several streaming services, free or paid, try Just Watch for a quick look at what is available. You can customize it to search all or only “your” streamers. Optional email alerts for availability of titles is nice. No spam mail from them either.
@detailer I have a Tivo Roamio OTA w/ lifetime which does the same thing, and is SWMBO approved. I use MCEBuddy to remove commercials and transcode to MKV for Plex to serve up.
Only gripe folks have with Tivo is the apps are clunky, because they opted for licensing the streaming companies to write their app for the Tivo. The market has decided it is the other way around. i.e. Roku writes apps for their device licensed from the streaming companies. And, Roku is 100% about streaming, not “record now, watch later” (which is a shrinking market (intentionally so), to be fair).