Where to Watch Makes Legal Movie Viewing Easy

The MPAA project is an interesting attempt at curbing piracy

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WhereToWatch is the MPAA's attempt to help people fine legal ways to watch content. (Image credit: WhereToWatch)

Looking online for the latest episode of “Sherlock” could get you a letter from your cable provider, but the MPAA released a site that will help you find your favorite flicks without a lawsuit.

Where to Watch is a site from the MPAA that acts like Google, but for legally available content.

It’s billed as “…a one-stop shop where audiences can search for their favorite creative content online quickly, simply and in an ad-free environment,” according to its frequently asked questions page.

The service works, for the most part. Search for a show like the popular “Sherlock” and Where to Watch will give you options to buy the season from Amazon or Vudu, or use a streaming service like Netflix to watch it in all its British glory.

It isn’t perfect however. Searching for some shows yields no results, or similar but unrelated titles.

This isn’t the first site that aggregates search results from other content providers. According to The Verge, the similar Can I Stream.It? finds content you can buy, rent, or stream online from places like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and Crackle, among others.

It’s a good step in the right direction from the MPAA. Rather than suing copyright violators, help point them in the right direction to find the content they’re looking for. After all, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.