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This does not make sense, if im using an anonymous proxy from the USA, it looks like im coming from a US computer.
Are these showtime folks, so an*l, they are updating denied locations by scanning public anonymous proxy servers, to keep people out.
Does anybody subscribe to one of those anomimizer type services, and can you get in with this service?
BBC is funded by the UK taxpayers so its reasonable to limit access to those who do pay for it.
So, sho.com is financed by American advertizers so it is reasonable to limit access to the target audience of those who pay for it. ;)
Or I suspect that both media companies are hit with the same problems surrounding digital rights: this area is extremely convoluted, and rights are usually issued geographically - the BBC might have the rights to advertize a show in the UK but not elsewhere. Same goes with Showtime.
It is sadly just another in a long line of cases where the media producers have no real sense of grip of the current reality of global access to digital content. Legislation enforces phony barriers which are always technologically fallible.
So, sho.com is financed by American advertizers so it is reasonable to limit access to the target audience of those who pay for it.
But there is a big difference -- advertisers would want their ads to be seen by as many people as possible, even if they are outside of their primary market - it won't hurt for the same fixed ad price! But in case of BBC there are actually no ads, just pure content funded by the taxpayer, in this case taxpayers are not gaining anything by people watching ad-free content without paying for it.
taxpayers are not gaining anything by people watching ad-free content without paying for it
But the BBC still have to restrict access, even to their own programs in many cases, to an audience outside the UK. Take a widely-syndicated BBC-produced show such as the Teletubbies (yes, I know, but I have a 2-year-old!). The BBC have sold the North American rights to PBS - so they have given up the right to advertize or broadcast it there.
Successful US shows are sold in multiple deals to multiple countries, often with exclusivity in a particular geographical area. Internet has broken this system, but the media companies prefer the path of digital rights enforcement, whatever the ineffectiveness, rather than give up on the concept itself.
But the BBC still have to restrict access, even to their own programs in many cases, to an audience outside the UK.
But that's the idea -- free access to ad-free BBC content is not available to those who don't pay it, this is no different to pretty much anything else - those who pay for content get it.
In some cases BBC does license its content to foreign TV stations, but this is paid for and normally carries ads for those who buy it to make up back their money.
Personally I don't mind this system, but what I want is to have an option for those who want to buy content to buy it there and then easily and cheaply, say if it cost $1 for an episode of "Red Dwarf" then I'd gladly buy it (if I did not remember almost all of them by heart) :)
A corporate site like Showtime is going to be a prime target for hackers. One of the biggest problems with hackers is that a lot of them are based in foreign shores and out of U.S. jurisdiction to prosecute. So if Showtime is basically only selling to US customers, they are eliminating a very large percentage of vulnerability by refusing access to non-US IP's.
As has been proven in this thread, this tact is by no means bulletproof but it does make it more difficult, even at the cost of valid visitors.
I don't watch TV, period. So if Showtime is international, well, color me ignorant. :-)
One of the biggest problems with hackers is that a lot of them are based in foreign shores and out of U.S. jurisdiction to prosecute.
I have a regional site and would happily block all foriegn IP's of trouble places. Would save a lot of time and worry. It would also clean a lot of crap out of my logs. Would be much easier to keep track of traffic if most of it wasn't garbage.