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Why hulu.com sucks

Tweet Hulu.com – if you don’t know what it is, it’s a great online service for watching TV. At least that’s the premise. You can watch your favourite TV shows online. View all the old Simpsons episodes, view all the episodes when you want. It sounds wicked, and I applied very early on for the [...]

Hulu.com – if you don’t know what it is, it’s a great online service for watching TV. At least that’s the premise. You can watch your favourite TV shows online. View all the old Simpsons episodes, view all the episodes when you want.

It sounds wicked, and I applied very early on for the beta and have been really looking forward to Hulu.com becoming a powerful tool in my media consumption. However, Hulu.com has be out of beta for a long time now, and unless you live in the US of A you are .. well … not loved.

I’m getting tired of seeing:

picture-2It’d be okay (I guess) if I only ever saw this on Hulu.com. Sadly it’s now popping up more and more on other sites who are linking to Hulu content.

The issue here is that these sites are now ostrasicing their international visitors. I went to ign.com today to check out an article on Family Guy, looking forward to watching a clip over a coffee this morning, sadly I ended up seeing the pic above. How many other visitors to ign.com were left out in the cold this morning?

Oh yes, I’ve tried a number of the “hacks” to get around this barrier – but I’m tired of that crap. I want to enjoy my TV shows the way my friends in the USA can. I’m sick and tired of having promises of CONTENT thrown in my face only to find out that Hulu.com, iTunes, Garageband and many many more providers have NOT bothered to sort out the international rights first.

There is a great big world out there folks, we are hungry for content – real content. Stop mucking around and get your act sorted out. I find it hard to believe that it’s THAT complex to get international tv rights sorted out.

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2 Responses

03.06.09

maybe copyright issues from the publishers casue hulu not doing for overseas…? I think..

03.06.09

well yeah that’s kinda a given .. however I think it’s time that media sat down and looked at it’s copyright. We are ONE world, the internet allows me to consume media from anywhere, anytime. Create an international Copyright solution and stop catering JUST to one market. TV is dead anyway, with digital TV rolling out in many countries isn’t the internet just an extension of this?