By and large, streaming is both the best and easiest way to watch TV shows and movies from the comfort of our own homes. If you’ve been looking for a place to do that for free, online, then you’ve probably heard the name “GenVideos” pop up here and there. However, as is the case with anything purporting to be “free” online, you should be asking yourself—is this safe? Is there a hidden cost? Why am I able to use this to watch movies, without paying a single cent?
The answers to these questions are going to point you true, but just in case, we’re going to give you a breakdown of what GenVideos is, and whether or not it’s legit. Additionally, we’re going to direct you to a few other places where you can indulge in streaming entertainment, the best of them without paying anything at all!
For the most part, you should always question anything that’s given to you, at zero cost. “Nothing is ever truly free,” as they say, and that’s perhaps never been more true than when you’re online. For as many opportunities as our technology gives us, there are just as many pitfalls out there, waiting for unsuspecting clicks. Is GenVideos one of those? Sort of…and sort of not. It’s complicated, and the discussion of GenVideos ties into a much larger conversation about streaming media, and what sources you should be using to do it.
Without a doubt, you’ve heard of the streaming media giants that currently dominate the industry. Netflix. Hulu. HBO Now. Amazon Prime. There are others, too, but they’re all prominent names, and each one of them requires a subscription to their service if you want to use it. Without a subscription, you won’t be watching anything. In addition to that, each of them have access to different collections of movies and TV shows. It can be frustrating for consumers when they want to watch three different things, but they’d hypothetically have to subscribe to three different services in order to do so.
Common Streaming Frustrations
The constant temptation to subscribe to several different streaming services isn’t the only frustration that’s facing consumers. On top of that, the selections of streaming content with each service can often leave a lot to be desired. For every Jurassic Park, it seems like you have to deal with five Sharknadoes. As these services have grown, so too has their dependence on bulk and fluff provided by legitimately bad TV shows and movies.
It tends to make one feel like they’re not getting their money’s worth when there’s only a handful of things that you actually want to watch every single month.
And you can forget having fast access to newly released films. When movies and TV shows arrive on Blu-ray, you’re going to have to wait before you’ll find them on a streaming service. Financially, this makes sense—those production and distribution studios want to make some money before they deliver their content to streaming services (which tend not to provide nearly as much as physical media sales.)
Once you start to add up the monthly costs of multiple subscription services, it can easily rival a cable TV bill. Or several trips to a movie theater. And if you factor that in with the fact that you might not even have access to the movies you want, it’s easy to see how frustration can be the result.
What is GenVideos?
GenVideos is one of many different streaming services that offers to solve all of consumers’ woes, with one fell swoop. According to advertisements (which you’ve probably seen) GenVideos promises to give you free access to one of the largest libraries of movies and TV shows that you’ll find online. No monthly costs, no limitations, and included among all of that are recently released movies. Occasionally, you’ll even see one that’s still airing in theaters.
Access is purportedly easy, too. Most streaming services require you to make an account in order to view anything at all, but GenVideos seems to bypass that rather common requirement, and allows you to just begin watching, on demand.
However, as you’ve likely begun to suspect, all is not right with this offer. You’d be right to suspect that it’s way too good to be true.
Is it Free?
To answer what is, perhaps, the easiest question of the bunch, yes. GenVideos is definitely free, and you’ll technically never have to pay a single dime to use it. However, this is only a technicality, as we’re going to discuss below.
Like most “free” things on the internet, there are quite a few pitfalls. This one happens to contain more than usual.
Is it Legal?
The legality of GenVideos is the crux of most peoples’ hesitation, and it’s the problematic element that most of the other issues stem from. Obviously, the service that GenVideos is offering isn’t legal. We only need to examine the basic way that streaming services operate, to know this for a fact.
In order to gain access to a library of movies and TV shows, companies like Netflix have to pay distributors in order to maintain access to them, for customers. So, when you decide to click over to Netflix and watch Jurassic Park, know that the studio that the film belongs to was paid by Netflix in order to have access to those streaming rights. Similarly, Netflix has to charge its customers a monthly fee, otherwise, the company would simply hemorrhage money.
Thus, cutting out customer costs entirely isn’t an option, unless a studio itself decides to do it (which we’ll discuss, below.) This aside, GenVideos also tries to offer you new movies, which should make the above facts stand out even more.
Is it Safe?
GenVideos isn’t offering you anything that’s remotely legal, but it’s able to do so because the service is extremely hard to shut down. You see, it’s not giving you direct streaming access to its own servers. Instead, GenVideos connects you to seeds and torrents of video files, meaning that the actual distribution of the movie or TV show is probably coming from several different peer-to-peer sources, at once.
Essentially, GenVideos keeps itself safe in the same way that many similar “free” streaming services do; by passing the buck off to other hands. As a viewer, it’s highly unlikely that you’d ever find yourself in trouble for partaking, but it’s still very possible. The reasons that you’d be unsafe actually come from a different direction, entirely.
When you visit sites like GenVideos, understand that you’re wading into dangerous waters. Malware? Viruses? Malicious code tends to proliferate on sites like these because they’re unprotected and they receive huge amounts of traffic from personal computers that aren’t equipped to defend against it. If you’re not running an always-active antivirus program and an anti-malware application, you’re setting yourself up for digital disaster.
This final thing is one more reason that you should consider avoiding GenVideos, or other sites that purport to offer such outrageously good deals on movies and TV shows.
Alternative Streaming Options
However, we’d be remiss in turning you away from one resource, without pointing you towards a new one. After all, learning that GenVideos might be seriously dangerous to use doesn’t do much to quell your need for interesting movies and TV shows, does it?
Thankfully, you do have other options, and we’re happy to say that a couple of them are excellent. Additionally, they’re free. That may be of interest to you.
We made vague mention of this one, above, when we were talking about free streaming services made available by particular production studios. In this case, it’s Sony that’s responsible for creating Crackle—likely the best free resource for streaming movies and TV shows online.
You’re still not going to find new movies, here. But you’re going to find some tried-and-true classic from the Sony Entertainment library, and like other major streaming service providers, the options change every month. You don’t even need to go through the pains of account creation because you’re never going to have to pay anything at all!
Maybe we’re being a bit too obvious, here, but you should always try YouTube as a source for good, free entertainment. Apart from the rather unsuccessful subscription branch, YouTube Red, the rest of this is all available for you to view at no cost. That’s the largest collection of shared video media online, you know!
Netflix, Hulu, Etc.
And of course, you should never discount the benefits of the streaming services that we mentioned at the beginning of this article. You might have to pay a monthly fee for Netflix, Hulu, and others, but for the most part, that fee is worth it. Especially so if you’re willing to broaden your horizons and watch things that you might not otherwise be interested in. Netflix, in particular, is responsible for some of the best entries in the Marvel TV universe. Daredevil? Luke Cage? Jessica Jones? If you haven’t watched those, yet, you’re missing out on some of the best TV currently airing!
More than anything else, we hope that this article has been informative. GenVideos might be a tempting prospect, but like many other streaming services that are offering free online access to movies and TV shows, it’s too good to be true, and can often result in malicious code finding its way onto your computer. If you have any questions about GenVideos—or anything else we’ve discussed in this article—let us know in the comments, below!