Just as with big-name Hollywood studios, the Web sites that stream their movies and television shows have made names for themselves. Those brand names charge a fee (either per movie or by the month) for their services, which are generally easy-to-use, dependable and fast.
Among those names are Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle and other sites that offer all sorts of on-demand, streaming content. Compare these sites to their black-market brethren, and the differences are usually stark. The professional, corporate-operated sites are low on ads and high on accessibility, and they steer you toward their paid services. The fakes are clunky and suspicious-looking.
As bandwidth speeds increase and mobile devices become more adept at playing high-resolution video, you'll see more and more options for video streaming all over the Internet. By avoiding illegal streaming sites, you'll dodge scams and security problems galore, access higher-quality content and know that you're paying for the content you use.