if you haven’t heard, quite possibly the best and most reliable divx streaming site — ninjavideo.net — was taken down by the feds. you can read about it here.
other sites that got raided and taken down include:
so what does this mean for everyone who depended on ninjavideo for their tv and movie fix?
i hate you break it to you, but there was really no other site as reliable and as dedicated as the people who ran ninjavideo.net. the website itself was always updated nightly with new tv shows, documentaries, and movies, the moment they were released by the ‘scene’ — closely keeping pace with sites like rlslog.net to stay on top of all the new releases. regardless of how you personally felt about the people who ran ninjavideo (if you ever go onto the forums, as an outsider looking in, they really did — probably accidentally — foster a cult-like mentality. if you go against any admin, you were met with some severe reprimands. though, they probably dealt with countless retards on the internet, so i don’t really blame them), the site itself was a mainstay for a lot of people — especially people like me who work most evenings and cannot catch prime time shows. most tv channels now offer streaming on their website, but they generally don’t put these streams up until days and sometimes weeks after they aired. ninjavideo was video-on-demand the way it was meant to be.
what are the alternatives to ninjavideo.net?
there are a few, but if you really want the ninjavideo experience… with it’s timely updates, organisation, and reliability, i’m sorry to say, but those sites are far and few between. due to the nature of divx streaming, the bandwidth costs are prohibitive, so most sites rely on flash streams. i have come across a few sites that share many of the qualities of ninjavideo (and part of me wants to keep it to myself because i don’t want these sites getting shut down either… but i have a feeling whether i write this or not, everyone will be looking for alternatives, and these sites will have more and more exposure as people get over the loss of their beloved ninjavideo site.)
i will do my best to update this article regularly as i find other reliable streaming sites.
www.videocluster.net – clean, well organised, and is relatively new. by far, the most reliable divx streamer out there, but unlike ninjavideo, they do not have the bandwidth capacity to stream to countless people, so they have a queuing system with a rotating number of ‘free slots’, where you’ll need to refresh to get your stream. however, if you pay a small fee, you can always get access whenever you want. as the site grows, i have a feeling that these free slots will become more and more rare. we’ll see how this experiment goes, but if you loved ninjavideo, this may be the closest surrogate available at the moment. UNDER MAINTENANCE 07/10/10).
www.re1ease.net – upstarts hammering twitter right now, advertising themselves as the premiere replacement for ninjavideo.net — that remains t0 be seen. at first glance, looks like they’re updating very regularly, and i would not be surprised if the same people behind ninjavideo are behind this one. (as it turns out, VOD, the admin has told me they are not at all related to ninjavideo.) definitely worth checking out. very nicely organised and provides alternative links where possible. run by people who clearly care about what they’re doing.
www.icefilms.info – icefilms has been around for a while. influenced by ninjavideo, they’ve started to come out with ‘daily lineups’, so it’s a great place to check out regularly as they will post shows as quickly as possible after they’ve aired. the site’s well organised, though a little cluttered. unfortunately, all videos are hosted on megaupload. you’ll need to either install a greasemonkey script or use their bookmarklet to watch most videos. click here for instructions.
www.tv-dome.net – regularly updated with a clean, wordpress-driven interface. unfortunately, they mostly only carry flash streams… and all videos are hosted offsite, so they stand a much better chance of surviving the mpaa onslaught.
www.tvshack.cc – a clone of tvshack.net. basically, these crafty people just backed up their database, and moved the site onto an entirely new domain. it’s the internet. you can’t stop it.
www.sidereel.com – a social networking site where links can be added to episodes to shows for free streaming. it can be somewhat unreliable because streaming sites go up and down all the time, but if you’re looking for a place to find alternate streaming links, this is probably the best site out there. it’s towing the fine line between legal and illegal many links are to legitimate broadcasters and their services, while most user-submitted links are pirated copies.
www.ovguide.com – and if you get really desperate, ovguide is pretty much the google of streaming video. organised into categories. and a collection of pretty much every streaming video site on the internet. go here to keep up to date on all the streaming sites available on the internet.
if you have other favourite sites, please share them in the comments section below.