I am thinking in particular of 123moviesfree.whateverthetldtheyhavetodayis
They live behind Cloudflare and presumably pay money to them for the bandwidth to stream movies illegally.
Also things like animeland.tv that do the same.
I must admit I use these things and often it's stuff that I have access to but which doesn't work. For instance I subscribed to Funimation's site because my daughter loves anime. But the site is so slow that the movies are unwatchable. I guess since the same stuff is available illegally for free on animeland.tv I don't feel guilty since a legal site has my cash even if the site itself doesn't actually deliver what I paid for.
Also 123movies works more reliably than Netflix. Even if the movie is available on netflix, I tend to watch it from 123movies.
If I was a total leech I'd just cancel all my paid subscriptions to shit and watch everything illegally with no ads.
In fact I wonder how these illegal sites can provide such excellent bandwidth/reliablilty without making any money. My adblocker seems to block all their ads.
I wonder if it is a state actor funding these things to attack hollywood.
If so, I don't mind. I tend to hate Hollywood with a burning white hot passion these days.
I will pay for shit if I care it gets made on amazon or whatever. Or patreon. There's nothing that's worth watching that needs a budget too big for the honor system.