Picture this, right now, 8:45pm Australia time… or 5:45 am US time. Your husband is out at, yet another, business dinner. The kids are sleeping. You pour yourself a glass of wine and look forward to your earlier, fabulous idea to catch up on some of your favorite TV shows on Hulu. You are an American expat and have been without television for 6 weeks. Australian TV teeters between horrendous and absolutely dreadful, especially if you do not subscribe to cable and only have the basic 15 channels. (I never thought I’d say that but yes, Australian TV is awful – yet they continue to complain about Americans ruling the media). Granted, you are NOT addicted to television, but enjoyed your DVR surplus and access to it.
You logon, type in hulu.com and this is what appears:
Nooooooooooo! It can’t be! You try again but nothing. You are denied access to a website because you are out of the country. Freedom of speech! The Constitution! (Ok, ok it’s not extremist propaganda but still.) Ohhh, riiiiight mates, you are in Australia. Its been a long day of errands with toddlers, conversations with Aussie mums and rain, more rain… and hail. You thought you had a great idea for yourself that evening. How do you feel? Frustrated? Funny, me too.
Things like this are always about money and politics. Aussies cannot access the BBC version either, but you can in the States. There are multiple websites/blogs about how to get Hulu in Australia, like this on Kristi Barrow. Apparently, Hulu is trying to get into Australia according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Yes, I could get it if I subscribe to an American VPN, but that would be, yet another, bill. Our current Optus bill was around $100 per month for internet usage ONLY, with a bandwidth cap. Australia is one of those countries where you pay according to what you download. I do not have an unlimited download plan, like we all have in the States. Still frustrated? Me too.
We brought our Apple TV and I suppose I could pay for some Office episodes with our US account. How could I miss Will Ferrell? What about the last 2 episodes of Top Chef All Stars? What about the season finale of American Idol? Glee? Community? Pawn Stars? Dexter? Anything new from Bravo?
Suddenly, I hear Journey, “Don’t stop, believing.” (The music continues.) I suppose I’ll continue reading one of my books on my Kindle… downloaded in the US.