GoStream: Is It Safe to Use in 2023? What are Alternatives to It?

Ruheni Mathenge  - Streaming Expert
Last updated: October 26, 2023
Read time: 17 minutes

It has a great deal of content, it's free, but it's also illegal in most countries. However, it can be safe to use if you're not in a country where these activities are pursued actively and if you take two preventive measures for your safety: a good VPN and a good antivirus suite.

GoStream was a very popular video streaming website that went down in 2018 after spawning many copy-cats. The mirrors and clones remain online and remain popular with users. However, these are illegal sites that can be dangerous in several ways, which is why having good antivirus software and a premium VPN is essential.

Once, a network of highly successful movie-streaming websites was based in Vietnam. The network comprised five domain names that gained worldwide popularity by offering free, pirated content to their users. The Motion Picture Association of America once referred to this handful of websites (including GoStream) as the “most popular illegal sites.”

In 2017, the US ambassador to Vietnam started talking with the country’s Minister of Information and Communications, Truong Minh Tuan, about fighting the plethora of illegal video-streaming websites in the country. The network of those five websites we already mentioned was on the ambassador’s list (123Movies, GoMoves, GoStream, MeMovies, and 123movieshub). It took a while, but the ambassador’s efforts came to fruition when the five websites went down, at last, on 19 March 2018.

However, when an illegal video streaming website becomes notorious, many clones start popping up everywhere on the internet. Thus the new websites perpetuate the original website’s functionality. And the authorities usually do not pursue the new clones for reasons only they understand. Unfortunately, this is precisely what happened with GoStream.

So GoStream is alive through several clones. Of course, the original website is gone, but the replacements are almost precisely the same in terms of functionality, and you can still use them.

Legal disclaimer: This is merely an informational article and is not intended to promote piracy in any way. We are strictly against all such acts. Also, we are not legal advisors of any sort, so don’t take any information you read on this page as legal advice. We encourage you consult with a local legal expert in case you are unsure about copyright laws in your country.