I got a private beta invitation through my b5media email address. b5media is based in Canada, so it would be easy for some fresh-faced yuppie suit at Hulu to assume I’m in Canada.
Guess what? I’m now writing this post from the tropical paradise of the Philippines. Yup, you guessed it: I can’t watch Hulu videos here. NBC and Fox probably don’t want to piss off their international cable affiliates. Hulu just carries too much offline video baggage to succeed inside online video.
Not that I’d probably want to watch Hulu videos, anyway. Their limited selection of “premium” clips and episodes is pretty pathetic. Back to YouTube for me, you Hulu losers.
The top banner tells you to “Watch your favorite videos. Anytime. Anywhere.” Riiight. First, NBC and Fox videos are not automatically my favorite videos. Second, Hulu will take down old episodes after five weeks, so I cannot watch them anytime. Third, I clearly cannot watch them anywhere. This is typical TV executive corporatespeak: vague claims insulting your intelligence.