Real long story short- you guys have Comcast and otter providers for your content over there and a range of options for content access. Here in Australia there's only one option- Foxtel. Owned by Rupert Murdoch and the Fox goons. A man who owns over 60% of all printed media companies here and successfully lobbied to keep many companies out of Australia to keep his monopoly. They successfully managed to swing public opinion enough to actually bring our own version of George Bush Jr to power who successfully buried our National Broadband Network that was set to bring Fibre to the Home to over 90% of the population. No stable broadband, no possibility to stream anything. No streaming= Foxtel is still the only option. We pay in excess of 100 a month for cable tv here for only about 40 channels of which most content is dated and repeated.
I understand there are licensing laws and agreements when it comes to providing content but no other service provider bar Hulu actually blocks work around to geo blocking. HBO GO, Netflix and all the other players are all fine.
We have such high rates of piracy here due to the simple fact there are no LEGAL means to pay for content. There have been countless studies that have proven this yet it's still impossible to access anything. Game of thrones? Taken off Apple store due to exclusivity to Foxtel. Lego movie? We got it 4 months after everyone else despite it being made here.
I pay Netflix and Hulu money every month for a service I can't get here. If there were a service here, even twice the price of those services I would take it. However, there isn't. Hulu are the only ones who want to still try blocking outsie users, but that could have something to do with the fact they're owned by the companies that run the cable companies and media companies if memory serves me right.
SO yeah, fuck living in this country when it comes to entertainment, trying to play in a metal band or paying decent prices for anything. Everything else is pretty damn sweet.
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Originally Posted by flexkill
And this is how I expected it to go. However, anyone from this side of the world will understand our frustrations. It's easy enough to say that the content providers should get what they're owed but they have given us literally no way to give them that money. We are here screaming 'shut up and take my money' and no one's listening. Til then, we pirate.