Can I Stream It finds streaming movies and TV shows for you

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 26, 2013
Music and Video

Keeping track of streaming services can be quite the daunting task considering that there are so many of them available on the Internet now. While you should not run into issues if you prefer to use a single service for all of your streaming, you may miss out on some offers that your main service does not offer yet or will offer in the future.

Can I Stream It is a free Internet service that you can use to browse or search for streaming movies and TV shows. It is actually pretty easy to use. All you need to do is enter a movie or TV show title in the search form on top, select whether it is a movie or TV show and hit enter.

The service displays all hits in its interface afterwards and all you need to do then is to click on availability to display a list of streaming services, digital rental services, digital purchase services and DVD / Blu-Ray services that provide you with access to the selected title.

Keep in mind that Can I Stream It is concentrating on US streaming services and shopping sites currently which means that people from other countries may not find it as useful after all.

You can click on links on the results page to open the title on the linked service's website. The website displays the price of each item or subscription if it is available on a subscription service such as Netflix, Amazon or Hulu Plus.

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If you can't find any service offering the movie or TV show currently or only services that you can't or do not want to use, then you can sign up for Can I Stream It to get notifications when it becomes available on the selected services.

The start page of the service offers filters that you can use to browse specific streaming services. You can select YouTube, Netflix, Epix or Hulu Plus for instance to only see what's new or popular on that service. The same is true for digital rental, purchase or disc purchase or rental services as you can display new and hot movies and shows for these as well.


If you are in the US or use a VPN service and some tricks to access services like Netflix from outside the country, you may find Can I Stream It helpful as it lets you search all those services and sites at once. This is especially interesting if you know the movie or TV show title, but browsing works too but not as well as you can't browse what's available on multiple services at once.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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