This is Cuba’s Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify – all without the internet


When you want to watch a movie or a TV show,
you know what to do. You tap your fingers and within a few seconds
you are watching whatever you want. It’s frictionless. It’s easy. But in some places, it’s not so easy. “There’s no other way we don’t have foreign
TV, it’s national TV.” Officially, there is one source of permitted media in
Cuba. And it’s the state. “It’s because I don’t know what to tell you
tell you brother. I just know that’s the way it is.” But Cubans found a way to work around this media blockade to distribute the latest in global entertainment to the entire country, coordinated entirely by an informal market of underground data traffickers, based both in Havana and in the United States. It’s the fruits of the internet, without any
of the guts. “One guy will gather TV shows. The other Movies.
Music etc. and that’s how they go about collecting media until they have 1 terabyte.” Once all the latest media from around the
world is gathered onto one hard drive, the top dealers in Havana will prepare it for distribution. This extensive collection of digital media is affectionately called ‘El Paquete Semanal’ — The Weekly Package. “Someone brings it to me. It’s from someone
who gets it from someone else who gets it from someone else. In the end it’s a chain. It costs about $2
and what most people do is fill their flashdrive with the content they want.” A quick look into the Paquete, and you realize
just how massive the system must be to gather so much content in such a short of time especially in a country that has 5% internet
penetration and agonizingly slow connection speeds. Who’s behind all this? I found a couple of 20 year olds who make
their living hustling Havana’s streets, participating in the thriving industry of shadowy odd jobs
. Between driving taxi bikes without a license
and giving unofficial city tours to European tourists, these guys move The Paqeute between
distributors from time to time. They led me behind the scenes in Havana where
I saw how the Paquete makes its rounds every week. The distribution centers are usually in the
back of a cell phone repair shop or a DVD store. Hardware flowing in and out of these places
doesn’t attract unwanted attention. Distributors were not keen on appearing on
camera, but they showed me their operation and explained how clients come to their shop
with a weekly order of content. American TV shows are some of the most demanded
content, but some people show up with an empty drive every week to transfer the whole thing everything from the iPhone app updates to
the indie film section. After poking around, I finally worked my way
up the chain to discover who is coordinating this massive enterprise. They call him Dany Paquete, and he agreed
to meet with me. Dany was with a client so I waited for an
hour in his impromptu lobby. I didn’t know what to expect Dany Paquete
to be like. But i definitely did not expect this. He’s a 26 year old who was wearing board shorts
and not shirt when I arrived. He looked a lot more like an lazy college
sophomore than the king pin of a national black market of pirated media. But after five minutes sitting in his office
with a client in the room, I quickly gained a respect for Dany and the media machine he
is running. As Dany’s 40 year old assistant helped load
the hard drive of a local distributor, I watched a live feed of Telemundo digitizing on the
screen. Dany must have an illegal satellite hidden
in a fake water tower on his roof, a fairly common Cuban practice. Dany’s girl friend wandered in and began watching
a discovery channel documentary about a farmer who almost died in a tractor accident in Iowa.

100 Comments

  1. Sourav Prusty said:

    badlapur

    August 10, 2019
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  2. maven said:

    They're better off without it.

    August 10, 2019
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  3. Ashish Singh PaL said:

    0:48 Badlapur !

    August 10, 2019
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  4. Wicked 1323 said:

    How many companies will sue for copyrights ?

    August 10, 2019
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  5. Calvin Gakunju said:

    Aren't this ppl getting into trouble for this?

    August 10, 2019
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  6. Ash Ome said:

    It’s amazing, sometimes piracy bring great things.

    August 10, 2019
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  7. Akshin Prashar said:

    Pretty neat

    August 10, 2019
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  8. Ape said:

    Junior, havana's real mvp

    August 10, 2019
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  9. dD Lithuania said:

    they are pirating

    August 10, 2019
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  10. Gabriel said:

    Entertainment and drugs are basically the same thing, luxury from capitalism.

    August 10, 2019
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  11. Uta Ghoul said:

    It’s funny cuz I’m cuban and I use to get them 😂😂

    August 11, 2019
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  12. mac berry said:

    Necessity is the mother of all invention

    August 11, 2019
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  13. Dark Sirex said:

    I'm cuban and I have it its fast good better than Netflix

    August 11, 2019
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  14. Adovin said:

    they're out there dealing movies like drugs

    August 11, 2019
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  15. YUNSUP said:

    그와중에 곰플레이어 쓰네ㅋㅋ

    August 11, 2019
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  16. William Emmanuel said:

    I really really want to live in cuba so badly

    August 11, 2019
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  17. William Emmanuel said:

    Thats has changed now you can have internet at home in cuba ans also tourisnm has been implemented in more places I truly recomend you to visit is like traveling in time and getting lost in those virgen island also let me tell you is very secure i love cube i hope one day I move over

    August 11, 2019
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  18. Robo Cop said:

    2:52 Ok, so they're watching tv without paying for it. Did you tell them that's called stealing and that FBI could come knocking on their doors and arrest all of them.

    August 11, 2019
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  19. Amos John Domingo said:

    A whole new drug! -content

    August 12, 2019
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  20. Faran Ahmad said:

    So can I get new br***ers vids out there

    August 12, 2019
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  21. # B6r said:

    Get a VPN, Problem solved?

    August 12, 2019
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  22. Cosmonauteable said:

    Ain't socialism fantastic?

    August 12, 2019
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  23. shonty patil said:

    Who noticed badlapur

    August 12, 2019
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  24. Kadal Ijo said:

    He predicted the upcoming streaming war 3 years earlier.

    August 12, 2019
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  25. Suhas Gowda said:

    0:48 badlapur

    August 12, 2019
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  26. Luiske Vlogs said:

    I'm Cuban and this is all true nobody is going to get in trouble it's just our thing we don't have internet so we have to go somewhere where there is right now I'm in an hotel

    August 12, 2019
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  27. Dude I'm stoned said:

    How come 1 terabyte costs 2$?
    Even hardware costs more.

    August 13, 2019
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  28. Franco Lopez said:

    Now Netflix will make a series based on this called " El paquete"

    August 13, 2019
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  29. Morden day slave said:

    Stopping flow of information is like slowing down our entire civilization. Internet helps us to know about the world and culture around it. It helps spread vital information why do many government dont see this

    August 13, 2019
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  30. Drew Romea said:

    Please don’t show them fast and furious

    August 13, 2019
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  31. Dmitrov said:

    0:47 Lol Cubans watch Bollywood movies (Badlapur)

    August 13, 2019
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  32. naman namany said:

    Make a new one in 2019 lets see how much things have changed!

    August 13, 2019
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  33. Janes373 said:

    To all cricket loving Indian viewers, the guy in the thumbnail looks like Indian cricket player Yuzvendra Chahal 🧐

    August 13, 2019
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  34. phayke said:

    VPN?

    August 13, 2019
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  35. Funny Guy said:

    This video compromised the whole country's entertainment freedom. The hardwork of these guys. If anything happens to the network we know who to blame.

    August 13, 2019
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  36. Marco Antonio Saturno Iribarren said:

    the heroes of 21 century… so civilisation are advancing

    August 13, 2019
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  37. hazymist_ 8 said:

    modern day robin hood

    August 13, 2019
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  38. obama is not real said:

    Cuba strong, shut up Vox

    August 13, 2019
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  39. L I N Z I said:

    You should do an egyptian version xd

    August 13, 2019
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  40. Vimal Kirti said:

    Cuba has Bollywood fans too ✌️ 0.48 Badlapur 👌

    August 14, 2019
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  41. MODDED apk said:

    How come we don't have Spotify in Bangladesh?

    August 14, 2019
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  42. Francis Litan said:

    How about AFN TV from Guantanamo Bay??

    August 14, 2019
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  43. Abhinav Emmandi said:

    Badlapur @ 0:48

    August 14, 2019
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  44. eduardo rodriguez said:

    I’m Cuban an got family in Cuba it’s real bad atm ppl having like no food my old zoo as a kid all the animals are dying of starvation no cap

    August 15, 2019
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  45. dinosaurabh said:

    0:48 BADLAPUR ?
    Cuba watched hindi movies ?

    August 15, 2019
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  46. King Delamuela said:

    Dany Paquete is in Prison now

    August 15, 2019
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  47. saurabh khanal said:

    Just inject a virus in the main coordinator's source file and watch the magic happen…

    August 15, 2019
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  48. Meekanemone 2GamingYTz said:

    GTA Vice City 😭

    August 15, 2019
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  49. Raymond Mataka said:

    Wait, Cuba can't be part of the us if they support cencorship.

    August 15, 2019
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  50. CR0W said:

    I'd so mail them a 1tb HDD dedicated to all the MCU movies if I could.

    August 15, 2019
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  51. Joel García said:

    Stockholm syndrome 04:08

    August 15, 2019
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  52. Samuel Fey said:

    its sad how socialism destroys countrys

    August 15, 2019
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  53. DIGITALCRIMINAL said:

    I might have to go to cuba and flex on them

    August 15, 2019
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  54. Farhan Fadlu said:

    Don't let the Cuban government watch this

    August 16, 2019
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  55. CateDoge said:

    "I must have competition to push me to be better. " nice

    August 16, 2019
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  56. Lukas Richards said:

    Once when I was in Cuba as a kid, they had a showing of the first transformers movie with Megan fox before it even came to theatres. Good quality and everything too on a big projector

    August 16, 2019
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  57. Jiro Hiro said:

    put a anime there !! make more cuba wibuuuw

    August 16, 2019
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  58. Lachlan Gepp said:

    Is this minutephysics comentating?

    August 16, 2019
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  59. Maddux Vas said:

    I wonder if Americans realize that this whole situation is because of them not Castro but the embargo the us placed on Cuba… They probably don’t know tho because Americans are ignorant and stubborn and cause all of the worlds problems!

    August 16, 2019
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  60. Oswaldo Perez said:

    USA | Situation
    (Disdain drake meme) | Online piracy in USA
    (Apprising drake meme)| Online piracy in enemy countries

    August 16, 2019
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  61. Aditya Rawat said:

    At first I thought he was Indian Cricket Team Spin Bowler Yuzvendra Chahal in the thumbnail

    August 16, 2019
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  62. AHGamer said:

    Not as bad the as the Australian NBN 😂

    August 17, 2019
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  63. Pradumna V Saraf said:

    Cuba Government Need To see This.

    August 17, 2019
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  64. Aarish Madaan said:

    Finally, cartel I can get behind

    August 17, 2019
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  65. /Abhishek said:

    Can someone tell me the song name?!

    August 17, 2019
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  66. Mystery West said:

    Guys Cuba doesn't care that they're downloading movies. They aren't gonna do anything.

    August 17, 2019
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  67. Mystery West said:

    Can someone please like this comment there is massive misinformation here. Cubans are not afraid to be illegally downloading movies. Do you really Think they'd consent to letting yous see their face if there was ANY chance of them being imprisoned? The Cuban govn't is very much aware. And they don't care

    August 17, 2019
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  68. SanJose said:

    Central Americas are so smart!!!!?!!?

    August 17, 2019
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  69. GriefsChicken said:

    the next watchdogs should be in CUBA..

    August 18, 2019
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  70. MauMau 1 said:

    The same happens here in Kenya. Unlike the centralized Cuban system, everybody has access to USA content without paying a cent to anybody. But let's be real… Most of the USA distribution companies don't view Third World countries as viable markets. Until then, it's impossible to fight this 'economy.'

    August 18, 2019
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  71. Mārcis said:

    Vox- post this video
    Cuba's governament- hmmm interesting

    August 18, 2019
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  72. harsh kumar said:

    0:48 badlapur

    August 18, 2019
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  73. J L said:

    You only met the little fishes in the tank. They only distribute. You have to find "Omega". This dany is only a big mouth "we have people.." hahahah

    August 19, 2019
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  74. Balkan Brute Force said:

    Congrats to brain dead creator of this video, brilliant idea.

    August 19, 2019
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  75. Doez said:

    i have three words for Cuba: Feels Bad Man

    August 19, 2019
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  76. Brianna Ramos said:

    I’m from Cuba and I fear for the cuban’s faces that were shown because the government will punish them if they get the chance.

    August 19, 2019
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  77. Paul Hansen said:

    I Love this channel and the content. The quality here is very high and the commentary authentic. Thanks for this good stuff.

    August 20, 2019
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  78. Dota 2 TV Live said:

    No SSD takes you forever to load those content.

    August 21, 2019
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  79. Imran Osman Arale said:

    I love my job Thank you Cubans 🙏🤦🤦

    August 21, 2019
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  80. Infinity Dominguez said:

    We take the simplest things for granted my Cuban family is scared to mess with this because of what could happen if you’re caught

    August 21, 2019
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  81. jabenX said:

    Woow such a good concept here and an even better reflection … very nice video over all

    August 23, 2019
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  82. SuperBlueBomb said:

    this might not happen ever but maybe soon everyone in north korea can buy a dvd player and a cheap dvd with a bunch of north korea human rights issues video or something like that then the korean spring will happen lol

    August 23, 2019
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  83. Zahir Eaton said:

    These arent all the colors of the cuban people, tienen mucha más gente morena

    August 23, 2019
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  84. RM sanders Damian said:

    I’m from Cuba

    August 24, 2019
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  85. Whos Who said:

    Danny the content kingpin may be on the run now.

    August 26, 2019
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  86. Shrek McLovin said:

    Yeah idk if these guys will be around much longer

    August 27, 2019
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  87. Burak Okuroğlu said:

    I don't even know if this should count as piracy in a country like Cuba.

    August 28, 2019
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  88. Video Gigs said:

    This is what communism does to you….

    August 29, 2019
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  89. drsidiyengar said:

    Without govt. Support it can't thrive. And sorry he is not the one running the empire

    August 31, 2019
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  90. Viper KL said:

    Piracy?

    September 3, 2019
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  91. Inferno said:

    He can blur or delete this video hes the intranet 🤣

    September 5, 2019
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  92. Satvik Tandon said:

    "All businesses need to have competition, without it we would stop progressing"
    The man probably has never read an economics book and lives in a socialist country but still ended up saying the most capitalist argument ever.
    Shows what a complete socialist economy is able to achieve. 😂

    September 6, 2019
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  93. Moises Ayala said:

    How i do this again??

    September 7, 2019
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  94. Moises Ayala said:

    Why didnt yall cover these hustlers faces😤

    September 7, 2019
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  95. Hakkim Salim said:

    0:48 badlapur

    September 10, 2019
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  96. Edmond Gurguri said:

    They have like 3 tv channels in cuba :/

    September 10, 2019
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  97. soul said:

    I hope this video didn't send anyone to jail

    September 10, 2019
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  98. Antonio Barroso Exposito said:

    Live in Cuba is hard am from Cuba and I love cuba 🇨🇺

    September 10, 2019
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  99. Jia Yoong Chong said:

    It's sorta boring to hear neoliberal opinions churning out from a spoiled brat's mouth whose salary is paid by us on youtube … what goes around comes around.

    September 11, 2019
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  100. Kurt Gomez said:

    So cuba is DPRK equivalent in South america

    September 12, 2019
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