Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pub-D-Hub

I got my first Roku device in early 2011. And I've been a big fan of Roku ever since.

For those that don't know, Roku is a device to allow you to stream online content to your TV. I've written a little about it, but there are Websites dedicated to the whole topic. Here's one that has a lot of good info.

Anyway, Roku has a lot of apps (they call them "channels") that offer a wide variety of content. Just about anything you'd want. Anything. Yep.

Of course, it has all the major services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, HBO, Sling TV, ... well, the list goes on and on.

One little app that I enjoy, though, is called Pub-D-Hub. And, like the name indicates, it's a hub for public domain content. ("Pub-D hub" get it?) I don't like that the Website is a ".info" address -- that just screams spammer -- but my concerns have been alleviated over the years.

Pub-D-Hub has a decent amount of public domain content. Sure, it's all free content that you can get from other places, but I like the fact that I don't have to search all over for it. It puts a lot of stuff all in one place. It's convenient.

Pub-D-Hub also has a "Gold" package. Now, charging for public domain content? Not cool. But, I don't mind it in this instance. First, the price is really cheap. It's less than $5/year. I don't know but I strongly suspect the subscriptions from me and from others helps defer, and maybe even fully cover, the cost of running the servers. I suspect that if it does -- and I'm not even sure it does -- that it barely does.

Next, it's not really mandatory to get the Gold package to use the service. It offers more, but there's still plenty to watch using just the free plan.

The Gold plan doesn't get rid of commercials. The free plan doesn't insert commercials. Pub-D-Hub is one of the few free services that doesn't interrupt content with advertising.

The Website isn't some slick, Netflix or Hulu looking Website. It's functional and easy to use. Not a lot of extra bells and whistles, but they aren't needed.

Content is updated regularly. Monthly for free plans and weekly (Sundays) for Gold plans. And, like I said, it's public domain content.

Old movies. Episodes of old TV shows. Classic TV commercials. Educational films. Old time radio programs. Newsreels.

I enjoy watching content from Pub-D-Hub. If you have a Roku, check it out.

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