Fire Sticks, Bad!

I’m not a techy person. Never have been and don’t care to be. I only recently learned that there is such a thing as a Fire Stick. On the off-chance that you are like me and don’t know about them either, a Fire Stick is a teeny little device you plug into your TV’s HDMI port. If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, you’re screwed and you have to buy a newer TV. Once the Fire Stick is inserted into your port (if that sounds dirty to you, you just have a dirty mind), you can stream stuff from the Internet. Stuff like Netflix and HuLu. Nothing wrong with that.

I have friends, though, who have Fire Sticks, and they use them to stream movies. Like, movies that are currently playing in theaters. Pirated movies, in other words. The Fire Stick isn’t doing the pirating. It just makes it easier for people to watch pirated movies.

Friends, don’t do that. Let me tell you why you shouldn’t, speaking as someone who earns his living in the entertainment industry. Movies cost a lot of money. Even low-budget movies. If people didn’t make money off movies, there would be no movies. A lot of people work on a movie. Any given movie. Each of those people has to make a living. If they aren’t getting paid, they will stop working on movies. If the studios stop making money, they will stop making movies. In short, movies will go away. You don’t want movies to go away. Please pay people for their hard work. Please don’t make movies go away.

Oh, and there’s also the chance you could get arrested and locked up.

I remember when it was taboo to hook up two VCRs and record rented VHS tapes. The more things change…

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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