Who would have thought a time would come when you could watch a variety of movies in the comfort of your home without necessarily plugging in a DVD player but with just a click on your computer or plasma screen? That is what online streaming services is all about today. With a stable internet connection and a PC or smart TV screen you are set for lots of entertainment in movie browser sites such as putlocker.is and many more.
What happens when you seem not to get your favorite movies or TV shows in a movie website or app for that matter? That could mean that you have low internet coverage, it could also mean that your PC or Smart TV is not compatible for streaming to take place, or last but not least, it could mean that the video files you are looking for are not available due to ownership copyright issues.
It is advisable to stream videos or audios from legitimate sources so that you are not at risk of compromising your online streaming experience. Most sites do not have rights to show certain videos but they still go ahead and upload them in their respective servers. They put the user’s experience at risk with virus prone adverts and that is just another way to prove they are not legit. Real sites do not commercialize their sites with endless adverts and additional links, but they look forward to delivering what they should be delivering; video files and nothing short of that.
The question remains to be, how do I know that a movie browser site is not legit? What are the signs I should look out for? Discussed below are some of the things you should look out for that will let you know that a movie site is not up to standards.
1. Substandard web designs
Most illegal movie sites are unprofessionally designed because they do not spend too much on designing a website that is up to standards and that just proves that they are in a hurry to achieve revenues that they do not deserve. Legitimate sites look professional and stick to one business and it is purely that of movie and shows streaming services and do not suffer from basic errors that are too easy to spot. Illegitimate sites will have obvious mistakes and suspicious activities such as poor grammar and spelling mistakes, missing or misplaced graphics that are usually out of context, inconsistent fonts and endless adverts popups. Such incidents may just prove that site to be a bit illegal and that you are better off in another real site.
2. Endless ads popups
Ever visited a site and left sooner had you arrived? I bet one of the reasons that made you exit the site was an explosion of advertisements. We all want peaceful and uninterrupted sessions on sites that we look forward to some entertainment and endless ads popups is just not so professional. Such incidents should signal to you that if the site was legit, there would be no need of so many adverts because legit sites make enough money from streaming alone. Most illegal sites make money through the ads and that is why they will fill the whole web page’s available space with ads. What happens is that each and every time a user clicks on the ads banners, the site operator gets a bit of revenue and that explains why they get to be so many.
3. Questionable domain names
Illegal sites want you to believe that they are the real deal when they are not even near definition of what is real. It is like the fake and substandard clothing lines that imitate designer clothes or the fake gold like coatings on jewelry or watches that want you to believe it is the original brand when in real sense their manufacturers have never even set their eyes on any gold designs. Many illegal sites do not have the usual .com name that indicates a website’s credibility. You should therefore look out for domain names which usually appear on the address line on the top part of your browser and anything short of what it should be like is an indicator of an illegal site.
4. They have the freshest films that are not yet out of the movie theatres
One of the many ways to tell if a movie site is the real deal or not, is by the kind of the films they are offering, for instance if you come across a site that is offering blockbusters that are still showing at the theatres, it is a clear indicator that they are not afraid of the law. That is because no studios allow movie sites to stream movies that are not yet out of theatres. This is why sites will look to have traffic on their sites by enticing viewers with the latest releases. So next time you hop into a site and they claim to have the latest film, do I need to tell you to think twice?
5. Your browser is not at ease
Insecure sites mostly tend to contain damaging malware that could be a threat to your computer. When your browser comes across such materials, they stop the loading process and flash a warning and that is enough evidence for you to leave the page right away because it is an indication that the streaming site has viruses and further browsing of the site can have your computer software infected. As a counter measure, it is important to have an antivirus installed in your pc in the first place for safety purposes.
6. Flashing download banners
Illegal movie sites will start flashing download links signals for certain software that they believe will enable you to download movies effortlessly and whenever this happens, do not be too quick to click on those links because they can cost you your personal and financial details as well.