26 September 2009

I can't watch HULU from outside the US

Here's a quick one. While reading Huffington Post, I was referred to a video of Saturday Night Live available via Hulu. Instead of a video, I was given a black "death screen" telling me that this video is not available outside the US. The site's helpful explanation can be found at http://www.hulu.com/support/content_faq#outside_us

This says:
For now, Hulu is a U.S. service only. That said, our intention is to make Hulu's growing content lineup available worldwide. This requires clearing the rights for each show or film in each specific geography and will take time. We're encouraged by how many content providers have already been working along these lines so that their programs can be available over the Internet to a much larger, global audience. The Hulu team is committed to making great programming available across the globe.

What I find interesting is the assumption by HULU that content distribution can be controlled by geography.

Still believe that the Internet has "no borders"?