How To Use Your Mac To Get Free Movies And TV Shows

Forget the newspaper or broadcast television for news. When I want to know what’s going on, it’s my Mac (and, increasingly, the iPad) that brings the world to my waiting eyeballs.

One place I stop at from time to time is The Oatmeal. It’s a comic site with some rather insightful views of the world around us. The latest to catch my eye was the comic on the trials and tribulations of watching Game of Thrones, the HBO TV series.

The funniest thing about it is simple to understand. The Mac user wants to watch Game of Thrones but cannot. It’s not on Netflix, either streaming or DVD. It’s not on iTunes or Amazon or Hulu. The only way to watch Game of Thrones on your Mac is, well, upgrade to HBO Go! and hope for the best (upgrade means pay more money).

As The Oatmeal points out, there is another way. The complete full season in glorious HD is available online. You’ll need a couple of Mac apps.

Transmission is one of the most popular Mac BitTorrent apps to download movies and TV shows from the web. It’s free and easy to use. Unfortunately, it makes the movies and TV shows free, too.


The other app you’ll need is your browser. Take Safari or Firefox or Chrome or whatever to search for torrents of movies or TV shows you’d like to see but that are not easily available (or, you’re out of money).

What? Free movies and TV shows? Can that be legal?

That’s where The Oatmeal’s comic is so spot on. Of course it’s not legal to download movies and TV shows for free. Copyright holders expect to be paid for their wares. It’s only fair, right?

The problem that Transmission addresses is the problem of distribution. If some movies and TV shows are not distributed to the masses, the masses may find another way. That’s what Transmission provides. Another way.

Transmission makes it dirt cheap and uncommonly easy to locate and download a wider variety of movies and TV shows than you’ll find on iTunes, or Netflix, or Hulu, or wherever– combined.

You can set up Transmission to handle encryption, port forwarding, watch directories, and manage torrent speed limits.

Steve Jobs was right. Most people are willing to pay to download music, movies, TV shows, even apps, from the web. When content provides restrict usage options, they actually encourage what Transmission provides.