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Hulu Blocks Canadians (and others) from using Hotspot Shield

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imageAfter years of putting it off I finally installed and learned how to use Hotspot Shield last week. It worked wonderfully.  I was all set to write a blog post about it. Wouldn’t you know it, within a week Hulu has found a way to block it!

imageI just tested it and indeed I’m blocked. I’ll still use Hotspot Shield for the plethora of other free services not available in Canada (eg: Pandora, last.fm) for so long as it works. But, once again, it sucks to be a new media enthusiast when you live in Canada!

Until hulu comes to Canada (if ever) we still have TV streaming from CTV and Global.

See: Control Freaks: Hulu Now Blocks Anonymous Proxies Too (TechCrunch)

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  • Bret

    It’s costs money but try purevpn.com. I think they’ll give you a trial if you ask. VPNs to US,UK,Canada, and Germany. 6 bucks a month or less is worth it I think. I've been checking out UK media with it.

  • Bret

    It’s costs money but try purevpn.com. I think they’ll give you a trial if you ask. VPNs to US,UK,Canada, and Germany. 6 bucks a month or less is worth it I think. I've been checking out UK media with it.

  • LEM

    Glad to see a lawyer complaining about this Hulu move! I'm sure lawyers are behind the ban! :-)

  • LEM

    Glad to see a lawyer complaining about this Hulu move! I'm sure lawyers are behind the ban! :-)

  • LEM

    Glad to see a lawyer complaining about this Hulu move! I’m sure lawyers are behind the ban! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dale-Dietrich/776450619 Dale Dietrich

    Actually, antiquated business practices of divvying up TV and movie distribution rights by region, a practice that goes back some 75 years, is what's behind this. That and the MPAA and movie studios' reluctance to embrace new distribution models, their continued insistence on windowing content availability, their fear of being Napsterized, and their general reluctance to move from anything other than their lucrative and entrenched business model is what's behind this! Well, that and their lawyers helping them maintain the status quo! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dale-Dietrich/776450619 Dale Dietrich

    Actually, antiquated business practices of divvying up TV and movie distribution rights by region, a practice that goes back some 75 years, is what’s behind this. That and the MPAA and movie studios’ reluctance to embrace new distribution models, their continued insistence on windowing content availability, their fear of being Napsterized, and their general reluctance to move from anything other than their lucrative and entrenched business model is what’s behind this! Well, that and their lawyers helping them maintain the status quo! :)

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