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3 legal ways to stream TV and movies

Downloading and sharing copyrighted content is illegal and will cause you real problems. Fines can, and have, reached into the thousands of dollars. You also risk losing you your Wisc Wireless and ResNet Internet access. It’s vital that you understand what copyright violations are, how copryright violation notices work, and how you can avoid getting one.

Many copyright violations stem from watching movies or TV shows via torrents or illegal streams. Avoid copryright violation notices by using these legal streaming services.

Spectrum U

You don’t even need your student ID to use this free TV and movie streaming service. Whenever you’re on campus WiFi, you can use this app to watch shows and movies on your smartphone or tablet. Just download the app in the App Store for iOS or in Google Play for Android.


Watch over 30000 Documentaries, Classic and Indie Films. On Desktop, Mobile and Roku for Students, Professors & Library Patrons; available through UW Library.

Spotify Premium with Hulu and Showtime

Enjoy both services for only $4.99/month with your student ID. Spotify Premium lets you listen to any song, online or offline and is ad-free. With Hulu, you’ll get limited commercials, access to full seasons of exclusive series, hit movies, Hulu and Showtime Originals.