As a cord cutter I seldom worry about what is on The Lifetime Channel. And this show is one I didn’t even know existed until I became curious why suddenly Jennifer Love Hewitt was trending on Yahoo. It seems the very risque series was canceled after only two seasons and we don’t exactly know why.
So of course this quickly became the subject of my latest Cord Cutter case study. Looking for streaming versions produced some interesting results:
First stop: The Lifetime Channel official site. No dice. The only offering here was: Watch “The Client List” Videos. Stingy Lifetime is not offering any full episodes.
Next stop, of course is good old Hulu. Same deal – only video clips. But wait! This is interesting. Hulu has a comments section and check out what user Beth Carpenter has to say:
So I decided to check Beth’s recommendation and jumped over to watch-tvseries.net. Sure enough, you can watch The Client List for free from that site. Compared to some of the other sketchy sites we’ve seen for sports, i.e. Front Row, watch-tvseries is not actually that awful. But Caution! These freebie websites seem to exist for the main purpose of getting you to click weird links and downloads. Don’t download anything you see here. No you don’t need to update your media player.
And if you Google “watch-tvseries.net”, toward the end of the search results you’ll see this:
In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) atChillingEffects.org.
That complaint is to Google, and lists watch-tvseries.net and a whole host of what appear to be sister sites as infringing on content.
The whole thing reminds me of the Napster days when any audio track you could think of was available for free on Napster. Napster was soon shut down. But the cat and mouse game between content producers and sketchy content share sites continues …