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There are a multitude of ways to watch movies in this day and age. Movie theaters are still an option — although maybe not for much longer Cinema Is Dying: How Movie Theaters Can Ensure Their Survival Cinema Is Dying: How Movie Theaters Can Ensure Their Survival Movie theaters need to offer more than just a way of watching the latest films. They need to stop competing on "convenience" and start focusing on "experience." Here's how. Read More — and there are also Blu-rays, DVDs, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and (the ever-present) option of piracy. So how do you watch movies? And why?

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To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content?

Out of a total of 274 votes, 36.1% chose All Day, Every Day, 23.4% chose Only When Absolutely Necessary, 14.2% chose Once a Week, 13.5% chose I Never Pirate!, 7.3% chose Once a Month, 2.2% chose Once a Year, and 3.3% chose Other.

These results make it clear that most MakeUseOf readers pirate copyrighted content, and many of those who do, do so on a daily basis. Which is rather disconcerting. It does, however, suggest that media companies’ efforts to dissuade people from pirating Why The Campaign Against Piracy Is A Farce [Opinion] Why The Campaign Against Piracy Is A Farce [Opinion] DMCA, SOPA, MegaUpload shut down, piracy becoming a religion in Sweden - not a week goes by without some shutdown, anti-piracy laws or shocking statistics about torrents - and I have to ask myself, is... Read More are failing, so perhaps a change of strategy is in order.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Ray Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Online piracy is still a big deal. For the people who do it, for the companies trying to stop it, and for the authorities expected to police the Internet. Are you part of the problem? Read More , John Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Online piracy is still a big deal. For the people who do it, for the companies trying to stop it, and for the authorities expected to police the Internet. Are you part of the problem? Read More , and our own Matthew Hughes Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Online piracy is still a big deal. For the people who do it, for the companies trying to stop it, and for the authorities expected to police the Internet. Are you part of the problem? Read More . Comment Of The Week goes to BadJasper, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Online piracy is still a big deal. For the people who do it, for the companies trying to stop it, and for the authorities expected to police the Internet. Are you part of the problem? Read More :

Yes, I have pirated. But, I have a legit reason for doing so and the publishers of the software have been paid for their software in the end. I have two prime examples…

1) I am a Software Engineer. I am also self taught. I could never afford the software to learn how to program so, I got pirated copies. I learned what I needed to know to get a career and once I started making money, I purchased the full versions. I now pay for an MSDN account and all my development software is full and legit. I have now purchased 6 figures worth of software over the last 30 years. These days it is much easier to learn how to develop with free resources that are available but, in the 80’s, that was not the case. The publisher may have lost a few hundred dollars many years ago but, have made thousands off me since.

2) Games! Games are expensive. Price does not determine a good game though. My example: A few years back, Star Wars – Empire at War came out. I got a 1 level demo in my PC-Gamer mag and I played it. However, one level is not a very good assessment of how good a game is. I went ahead and grabbed a pirated copy. I played it for a few days and decided that I liked it. I therefore went and purchased the full version (49.95) and the Expansion (Another 29.95) then removed the pirated copy. In all actuality, the publisher lost no money from me using the prated copy because I was able to fully assess the game and then bought it with the expansion. If I didn’t like the game then, I would have removed it anyway because why keep a game you don’t like and wouldn’t be willing to purchase?

So, I guess you could say I am a “White-Hat” pirate. I will purchase the software if it is good but, I won’t blindly drop down 100’s of dollars on something that could turn out to be a POS. I think if everyone was like that, the software companies would make their money but, they would be forced to put out quality software in the first place because, they can hype it all they want but, if it’s crap, people won’t buy it because they already know what it is like.

We chose this comment because the notion of a “white-hat pirate” is both original and extremely interesting. We’re not convinced this method of pirating depending on a number of different factors makes it OK, but it’s certainly one way of justifying the illicit activity.

How Do You Watch Movies?

There are now more ways to watch movies than ever before. While once the exclusive domain of cinemas, films are now available on a variety of different formats.

You can watch movies on TV, or on Blu-ray or DVD. You can buy, rent, or stream legit copies online (unless it’s Star Wars). Or you can download less-legal versions from dodgy websites everybody now knows about.

We simply want to know which method you primarily use. And why you choose that method over all of the others available.

Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way.

What criteria do you use when deciding how to watch particular films? Are you more likely to see particular genres of movies in theaters? Are your decisions based on cost, convenience, or something else?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.

The best Comment of the Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week when we’ll have a new question awaiting your input.

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