01.VPN streaming no go
Australian users of Hulu are in for a rude shock. The popular US-based internet video streaming service is blocking many popular VPN services used by Australian fans to hide their whereabouts and access the service outside of the US. The block also restricts users inside the US who are using IP masking services through VPN services.
There’s speculation that Hulu wants to appease networks who want to stop people outside of the US watching shows, which goes against local rights agreements. Australian viewers may opt to get around the last geoblocking attempt by moving to an unblocked VPN service from one of the smaller players or by using browser plug-ins such as Hola Unblocker or Media Hint.
However, Australian viewers missing Hulu might have some other options to keep them entertained with new services and shows hitting computer screens this year.
Yahoo! has joined the ranks of internet TV producers and just announced two new series – Others Space and Sin City Saints – that will stream on Yahoo Screen through its website and via its app. They will also be available on Roku and Apple TV.
Not to be left out, Microsoft is set to launch several new shows including a sci-fi series based on Halo and Humans in conjunction with Channel 4 in the UK under the banner of Xbox Originals. There’s also a documentary series on technology and a reality series that looks for new soccer stars in production.
The popularity of streaming services is also fuelling the growth of internet movie launches. Last week it was announced that cult director Joss Whedon has released a new film called In Your Eyes on the Vimeo On Demand site. It follows the success of his popular web-only TV series Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.