24 July 2009

Content not available in your region

Isn't it interesting how often we now encounter this message. What do you mean "my region"? The web site operator means "where you are physically sitting and using a web browser". So when sitting in Europe it is increasingly difficult to obtain video feeds from US television network web sites. For those of you in the USA, you may similarly find it difficult to "see" video posted on the BBC web site here in the UK.

We all type in the same URL: what we actually "see" depends on which country we are in at the time we type.

Internet borders.