Toronto Mike

No Hulu in Canada? Pity...


I'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:


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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