Sunday, May 10, 2009

The day that changed everything (kinda)

Anyone not living in the United States who thinks a grumpy old doctor with a cane and Viocodin addiction is attractive understands the above graphic. Hulu has viciously blocked anyone outside the US from using their services.

Ok, ok, you got me. They've always blocked foreign users, but we at least used to be able to use a service like Hotspot Shield, an IP anonymizer, to trick Hulu into thinking we were in the US. However, when we tried it tonight we got this semi-hurtful little message saying something to the effect of, "Hey, we figured out your little trick and you can't use it anymore. Nah nah nah nah nah."

Now we have two choices: use bit torrents and get the episodes illegally, but free and without commercials (see Hulu, you could have at least shown as the ads still!!), or buy episodes on iTunes. I'm happy to report that tonight we took the high road, but who knows how long that'll last. (I'm kidding.... of course we'll always be little angels.... right? *wink*)

If you have any insider info, let us know. *Sigh* Such is the life abroad. We get adventure and stories, but no TV in English.

Note: Hulu, we'd be happy to pay a monthly subscription for your services.


  1. Try, it's a little more of a roundabout way to do things, but the end result is mostly the same...
    Good luck!

  2. Not that I have an urge to watch much TV these days, but it is awfully frustrating. It's free in the US, you'd think they could figure it on out elsewhere.

  3. iTunes actually worked out great for us... Fast download (thank you Japan), no commercials, no shady third party software, and it was only $1.99 for standard definition ($2.99 for HD, but there's no point in doing that on my laptop)