No Hulu in Canada? Pity...

tvI'm bumping into embedded Hulu clips more often in the blogosphere. Hulu is a website that offers ad-supported streaming video of TV shows and movies from NBC, FOX and many other networks and studios. The quality is great, and because it's a legal channel, you never have to worry that the SNL skit you embedded in your blog might be pulled by the end of the day thanks to a copyright claim by NBC.

When Brittany Murphy died yesterday, several American bloggers posted a recent parody of her that aired on Saturday Night Live. Here in Canada, this is what we see:

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That's right, Hulu isn't available in Canada. Apparently, the licensing issues were so complex they couldn't get a deal done. So we're out of the loop.

I see ad-supported high quality tv show and news streaming as the future of television. Hulu seems to be getting it right. I just wish I could see what all the fuss is about.


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Jeremy

It annoys the hell out of me too. Why Canadian broadcasters and cable companies (who I assume are holding up Hulu's Canadian debut) can't see the light amazes me.

Embrace the new tech or watch as people go and get it for free illegally.

December 21, 2009 @ 10:18 AM

Mike from Lowville

Believe it or not, if you have AOL as a provider, you can get Hulu. AOL thinks your in the States.

December 21, 2009 @ 11:50 AM

Anone

Unbelievable in this day. No reason to block what we'd get otherwise from our Cable subscriptions. One day they'll realize that this Internet thing expands beyond the US.
There are ways to get around the block, with Hotspot shield's, FreeVPN and the like, but they eventually catch on and block those too.

December 21, 2009 @ 12:47 PM

Pat

Howabout a US Proxy?

December 21, 2009 @ 1:02 PM

Dizzy

I've tried various proxy servers, but for the life of me, I can't get on Hulu. It really sucks, but eh.

December 21, 2009 @ 1:11 PM

elvis

Doesn't your Gemini give you any pull at all?

December 21, 2009 @ 3:27 PM

Tee

You might be able to get that video off Global's site, but it's a bitch to find clips there.

December 21, 2009 @ 5:48 PM

Tevy

Mike,
http://hotspotshield.com/ will solve your "we're sorry...only be streamed within the US" problem. (And no they're not sorry.

December 22, 2009 @ 5:14 PM

Emanuel Lee

I use http://www.jumpto.com and its fast and free!

March 24, 2011 @ 1:48 PM

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