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Re: [tlug] Recommendation on watching European/American/Independent movies/TV programs in Japan?

Hi Ray,

We live in Yugawara (next to Atami).   So yes I see your point but we don't have any Tsutaya around here ๐Ÿ˜Š.   In addition, I think what my wife wants to see are probably found in Tsutaya in the first place, and even if they carried it, the subtitle of a French independent movie might only be available in Japanese (not in English), etc.

Basically, what we need is non-mainstream (at least in Japan) titles found in other parts of the world.   

I think this is a niche market worth exploiting...   any bright enterprising person working with some venture capital?? ๐Ÿ˜Š

The "rootless" and "globalist" ๐Ÿ˜Š middle class requiring borderless media content is not served well...


-----Original Message-----
From: Raymond Wan [] 
Sent: Saturday, October 7, 2017 1:52 AM
To: Tokyo Linux Users Group <>
Subject: Re: [tlug] Recommendation on watching European/American/Independent movies/TV programs in Japan?

Hi Yasu,

On Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM, <> wrote:
> My wife wants to know how to watch European/American/Australian/International/Independent movies/TV programs in Japan in a โ€œlegitโ€ way while willing to pay whatever the enterprise for the โ€œrentโ€ they seek.
> We donโ€™t have any foreign (US) credit card, nor address We want to 
> avoid the cat-and-mouse game tinkering with VPN Linux (NixOS) please.  
> No Windows, Macintosh, tablets, or phones.

I am curious...what's wrong with walking into a Tsutaya and joining as a member and renting a physical disc?  I think their selection is very good in terms of foreign films (ok, depends on where in Japan you
live) [1].

Excluding that, then NetFlix isn't too bad.  Yes, you will get content for Japan...I think the "cat-and-mouse tinkering" you're referring to are people who want (for example) USA content in Japan which I think
is a bit silly.   The only catch for Linux is that you can't use
Chromium; you have to use Google Chrome or Firefox because of video encryption [2].


[1]  Ok, minor gripe.  I think brick-and-mortar video stores are way under-rated.  NetFlix, Hulu, whatever are convenient but one downside is that movies and tv shows are usually available for just one of them due to licensing agreements.  If you want to get a large selection, you have to subscribe to multiple providers.  i.e., one might have things from Disney, another from Paramount, etc.  Video stores don't have that problem...I must be alone in wishing they'd come back.  ;-( So annoying to find the show or film you want is available but from another provider.


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