Couldn't agree more. And the people in the USA have some great service like Hulu. Not so much here in Ireland.
Example. I have BBC channels in my TV subscription and they talk about their iPlayer as a great service to watch an episode that you might have missed. Great! Oops, UK only because of license restrictions.
No worries, I can download an episode from iTunes, Apple is making a lot of hype about that. Oops, not available in Ireland.
Ah, I will check out Hulu.com. Sorry not available for me due to license restrictions.
Let's go to the official website of House, to name a populair TV series. "Sorry, episodes are only available in the USA" Again license restrictions.
So now I subscribe to a great USEable NET and for just a few euro's a month I can watch any episode I want. That money could have gone to the creators but they can't seem to find a way to get it to me. I would pay 50c per streaming episode or watch a few commercials.
They need to realize that the world is now global for the consumers too. Stop with the artificial borders, put it online for a cheap and a lot of people will pay for it. They might even buy the DVD set. Some people will still pirate it but they wouldn't pay for it anyway so no lost sale but the restrictions you have now are stopping people who are willing to pay.
Take a look at eMusic, I'm a subscriber for 1,5 years now 90 songs for 22 euro and I have the feeling that more of that money goes to the artist then if I would buy the CD.