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:
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.