Online Video Sites Harming Themselves With Geographic Restrictions

Michael Masnick, TechDirt, Dec 08, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When people use video applications like Hulu, I send them email asking them to use something else, because Hulu clings to the idea that it's good business to serve video in one location while sending a big black error message to people in another location. In this era of global commerce and global trade, it has always galled me that there continue to be mobility restrictions (not to mention residency restrictions) - globalization is for everyone but the people, it seems. One day we will have true freedom of mobility; it the meantime, providers will have to learn to serve people equally, no matter where they live - or risk being set upon as hostile by those they serve nothing but big black error messages.
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