Pub-D-Hub is a channel for the instant streaming device known as the Roku that features a wealth of public domain content. The service in its lite version is completely free, but a nominal yearly fee can bring you Pub-D-Hub Gold, which delivers content newly arrived for the service on a weekly basis. Classic and older movies that are maybe not such classics are the meat and potatoes of Pub-D-Hub, but you will also get access to audio books; those hilarious educational shorts that were often featured on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" before the feature; old-time radio shows like "Spy Catcher," "Abbott and Costello," and "Academy Award Theater;" classic boxing matches like Ali/Liston and Schmeling/Louis; homemade Lego animated shorts and TV shows like "Ozzie and Harriet" and "I Married Joan;" TV commercials; and cartoons.
The movies that are available for streaming instantly to your TV via Roku are broken down into genres like crime drama, drama, comedy, horror/science fiction, westerns, action/adventure, musicals, and silent films. If you enjoy bona fide classics like the great Russian silent movie "Battleship Potemkin," the low-budget film noir "Detour," and the fast-talking Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in "His Girl Friday," then Pub-D-Hub can offer you some mild diversions. This Roku channel is much more effective for the movie lover looking for something he's never seen before or catching up on some older movies that local channels used to show all the time prior to the 1980s.
Pub-D-Hub also offers the chance to watch movies given the riff treatment on "MST3K" in their entirety without the commentary. If you've ever watched a movie like "The Phantom Planet" via "MST3K" you may be surprised to find out just how much of the movie's storyline was cut in order to fit into that comedy TV show's time limit. What you see as the opening sequence in the "MST3K" version of "The Phantom Planet" starts more than five minutes into the theatrical version available on Pub-D-Hub.
What is really great about Pub-D-Hub is the chance to come across a really fantastic movie you may never have even heard of before. Mixed in amongst the B movies and Z movies are excellent examples of filmmaking that managed to fall through the cracks of popular opinion. "They Won't Forget" is one of the most cynical movies ever made in its retelling of the real life story about the trial of Leo Frank. "Born to Gamble" is a nifty little cautionary tale about a good man falling headlong for the temptation of gambling on the ponies.
What makes Pub-D-Hub really worth the small donation necessary to upgrade to its Gold membership worthwhile is the opportunity to check out what movies used to be like back when ideas were the driving force rather than a huge box office opening weekend. On those multiple occasions when absolutely nothing is worthwhile on television, you can give yourself the opportunity to dial up Pub-D-Hub on the Roku and immerse yourself in the warm waters of Hollywood history.
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