Why streaming rights need to be international

Posted: February 16, 2011 in General
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So I finally got to use Hulu while I was in the US for business. I loved it. It made me think about all of the great things that are available – just not in Israel. Here is a (incomplete) list of some of the great things that you can’t use on the internet if you’re not in the US:

  • Hulu
  • Pandora
  • NetFlix
  • Rhapsody
  • You can’t even buy music on the iTunes store or Amazon if you’re not in one of the “select” countries that has the streaming rights. I don’t understand what the problem is. It’s in the content creator’s interest – more people having PAID access to the content means more money for them. It’s in the provider’s interest – they take a cut off the top. It’s obviously in the consumer’s interest because they get easier and faster access to the content that they want.

    If anyone can explain to me why the various parties don’t all work something out I would be very happy to hear about it. In the mean time, maybe I’ll use eMule to download that TV show I’ve been wanting to watch but still hasn’t gotten to Israel.

    1. Eli says:

      This will break The Boy’s heart as he is seriously addicted to netflix…okay, well, so am I.

    2. martin says:

      It has to do with your own country rigths, not with them.

      • brassnet says:

        It has to do with the fact that copyright laws vary from country to country. Since there is no standard international copyright law, content producers are leery of allowing international streaming. In addition, the cable and satellite providers in other countries pay a lot of money for the rights to the content and have it in their contracts that they have rights for everything including streaming in their jurisdiction.

    3. Tomas says:

      I have the same problem in Colombia. They are talking about things like SOPA, but they don’t ask themselves why do people download movies and tv shows from the internet in the first place. How on earth I’m I gonna watch US Tv shows, wait for them on TV? Yeah just wait until it’s over and warner happens to bring it to programing 3 years later. I mean come on, tv should be global, Internet has given us an opportunity but instead of giving us the opportunity to at least obtain this stuff legally because if we like the show we should pay for watching it. The only way to watch them however is ilegaly using sites like cuevana.tv or downloading torrents.

      I DONT WANT TO BE A PIRATE, but I will continue to watch what I want no matter what.

    4. kreaturen says:

      4 years later and very little has changed, except Netflix has expanded overseas with a severely curbed and crapped out selection. Hulu and Amazon are still working out their “international streaming rights”… I don’t buy it for a fact that EU laws are the real reason behind this snail-pace. In the EU, even the legality of pirate streams are debated as we speak, so obviously a paid service that honors the rights of the content creators should have free reigns within the EU. The real culprits is the industry itself, especially cable providers, who does not want to adjust their business model to fit the 21st century. They want everyone else re-adjust back to theirs… It’s not going to happen!

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