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Friday, January 30, 2009

No HULU in Canada? No problem!


Hulu.com - the internet superhit of last year, delivering tonns of TV programming on-demand online to your PC is not avaliable in Canada. Not yet. The official version is there is legal paperwork to be done in order to "clear" the content for distribution in Canada.



Anyway - whatever real reason is - no hulu for canadians as of january 2009.

However - you still can whatch a lot of your favorite TV shows on your computer here in Canada. Legally. Yes, there are couple of tricks you can play to full hulu.com so it would think you are whatching it in US, services like surfthechannel.com - we are not discussing these here. All below is 100% clear TV content available over internet in Canada.

What hulu can't or not willing to do - Canadian TV broadcasters can and willing to. Publishing full episodes of TV shows online. CTV, CBC, Global - they all are making their shows avaliable to watch over internet.

CBC
- The Border
- Little Mosque On The Prairie
- Sophie
- Coronation street
See all the shows avaliable online at CBC Television website Each show has it's owm site with videos to watch.

CTV
CTV Video page if you'll figure out the navigation part - tonns of shows are there including South Park, Corner Gas, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, Desperate Housewives, ER, Grey's Anatomy and much more. Best content, but tricky UI.

Global
Global Full Episodes Page Features House, 24 and few others like Family Guy and Prison Break... Though, for some show it may display just "episodes coming soon". The only nasty think about Global's online videos - there is no way to get them to real full-screen. You have two options "small window" and "larger window". No full-screen...

City TV
No joy there. Just couple of episodes of Ugly Betty and Priveledged As of January 2010 CityTV Video site went through major upgrade and now features tons of shows, including 30 Rock, Mercy, Cougar Town, Murdoch Mysteries, Trauma, Supernanny and others.

And don't forget about Antenna. You can whatch all of these broadcasters for free over the air. Super-Bowl weekend is here. Sunday February 1st, 6:20 PM ET. CTV would broadcast game in Canada, NBC in US. All you need to get it for free - DIY TV Antenna.

Update: Sep 11, 2009 - For Kids
TVO KIds hosts full versions of Arthur, Little Princess, Miss BG, Mighty Machines and many other shows here...

TreehouseTV finally get some rather limited set of full episodes online here....

Update: Feb 15th 2009 E! Video Page has few shows like Knight Rider, Secret Millionaire, Deal Or No Deal, 5th Grader and some more. A Channel hosts Last and Private Practice (also available at CTV)

Update: Dec 1st 2009 Rogers Just launched RogersOnDemand.com - promising video-on-demand project, but for Rogers' subscribers only.

Update: Jan. 19, 2010 Major update on CityTV website.

Update: Nov. 18, 2010 ShowCase.ca video site features video od series like Weeds, Trailer Park Boys, Rent a Goalie ant others.

18 comments:

Patrick Soon said...

Great article! I will post a link to this in my blog. Thanks for visiting too! For those interested in a method to watch Hulu even when in Canada, use a freely available program called Hotspot Shield. It's still not the foolproof way to watch shows on Hulu.com, as bandwidth is shared and inconsistent across operating systems/hardware. For a full tutorial on how to set it up, however, click here.

aou said...

Thanks Patrick!

I'm aware of Hotspot Shield as Hulu hack and tried it few times in the past. And your article for sure covers all the technical details quite well.

There are three problems I see with HSS: bandwidth limitation of just few GB/month. Annoying ads on most websites. In fact I got couple of sites misbehaving while accessed via HSS which I suppose is the results of the tricks they play to add these adds to the page.

And most important - not sure how legal these HHS tricks are.

Let's hope that canadian broadcasters would keep it up, hulu would eventually start broadcast in Canada and we all would benefit from the healthy competition.

iProof online proofing said...

a much better alternative to Hulu is http://3click.TV you can watch anywhere, alot more shows, complete seasons of each series and no ads anywhere.

This also works on iPhone- amazing!

cheers

Rumplefsk1n said...

Thanks for this... Great article, I'm looking for good content for my site, I came across Hulu only to be disappointed that it won't show vids in Canada...
Great Stuff!!!

Anonymous said...

Good information if you're interested in current shows. Not much help if you're interested in older shows like the ones available on Hulu. It's still a case of "You can't buy Coke here, but here's some no-name brand cola that tastes OK but isn't as good, but you have to make do."

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Mark Freeman said...

Hotspot is great for Canada. Can't seem to get it to work on ITV.com, the home of Coronation Street. Any suggestions?

Here is the link I'd like to make work - http://www.itv.com/coronationstreet/corrieextra/kenandsimon/?om_rid=DdXQPQ&om_mid=_BNAqokB8WTQlfZ&cmpid=nl_101210corrie

aou said...

Coronation Street you can watch in Canada at CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/Coronation_Street

Anonymous said...

Check out www.streaming-guide.com listing over 600 online TV shows available in Canada!

Johacim said...

I know some people say VPN is the way to go but I find it kind of slows down my connection.

I'm using UnoTelly.com for about $4 to get around the Hulu block.

So far so good. This is a good alternative so check it out.

Aaron said...

Hi everybody!
I have started a site for canadian television shows!
Always adding and free.
check it out, www.ketchuptv.org

Anonymous said...

Good information everyone.
I was able to sign on to Hulu with no issue except when it came to loading in billing information which only allows US based credit card address and info to complete the sign on process; therefore I was not able to view content.
Has anyone found a way around that?

Oakville, Canada

Anonymous said...

use something like www.entropay.com to get a US credit card with any us address. I think they charge 5% if I recall but works well.

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