A movie-watcherís dream,
Sharedmovies sounds like a wonderful program, offering
over 80 million movies and television titles that can be
played on the computer, home theater, or television.
It offers users the
ability to burn DVDs without ever having to pay money for
expensive burners, as well as granting them unlimited access
with no charge per movie, no download limits, and no Spyware,
banners, Popups or advertising. Sound too good to be true?
Letís take a closer look
and see what Sharedmovies is all about.
So what, exactly, is Sharedmovies?
Sharedmovies is, essentially, a club of sorts. While they
promote that you get all of their software for free, you are
required to pay a membership fee prior to downloading it.
These fees, they explain, are not for the cost of the free
software, but that the money is instead used to pay for their
employees and tech support. Furthermore, if you decide that
you dislike the program and that itís not all that it was
cracked up to be, within the first 30 days, you can cancel
your membership, receive a full refund, and keep the free
software. Of course, chances are pretty good that you wonít
continue to receive software upgrades and this leads one to be
leery of just how well the software will work without these
upgrades, but they say you donĎt get something for nothing -
expecting the software to work perfectly for you, for years to
come, would be a bit far-fetched.
What is available for download?
At the main page, Sharedmovies boasts more than 8 million
titles, although they only claim 6 million in their FAQ. While
this is most likely just an updating error, it does suggest a
potentially bogus number somewhere. One concern, however is
that, while they do claim to have programs available for those
on Mac, they do not specify how many, what percentage, or
stress what they are doing to make the system more Mac
friendly. If youíre a Mac user, itís highly advisable that you
email tech support ahead of time and find out what is
available and what kind of problems fellow Mac users have been
known to have, if there are any.
Available downloads range from full DVD quality movies,
television programs, unreleased music videos and home-made
amateur videos, though there are definitely some questions
that should be posed here. Things that immediately come to
mind are what percentage of the downloadable movies and
television shows are new releases and what are very old
programs? Also, with Sharedmovies touting the fact that they
have home-made amateur videos on their site, this prompts one
to question what sort of regulations and policing, if you
will, there is in regards to explicit content. A lack of any
would definitely give parents concern over what sort of video
that their children have access to on the site, and may be
reason to steer clear of it, if they donít want to risk their
children viewing improper downloads.
Is there live technical support?
Good question. Fortunately, tech support has their own link
and page, though most of the information is marked Members
Only, making it difficult to discern whether or not customers
are offered an upgrade or priority assistance over
non-members. Non-members, however, are told that tech support
works round the clock, from Mondays through Fridays, and that
most queries and issues are handled within 48 hours. Not bad,
but it would be nicer to see a faster response time offered
here and I definitely have to wonder what happens if something
happens over the weekend. Apparently, what happens is that the
members get out from in front of their computers and go to the
beach for the day.
Not having live support that is available could prove
troublesome, particularly if the problem is not handled in one
easy email. Sending and waiting on emails can prove just as
frustrating as sitting on the telephone and pushing buttons in
response to different prompts. Either way, you probably end up
thinking there are a dozen other things that you should be
Sharedmovies sounds like it has the potential to be a good
thing, unlike many gimicky movie download sites this one
seems to be the real thing.