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Submission + - Region Based Lockouts on Video

casemon writes: "Ok, so it's been a while since internet video became popular; and increasingly video sharing sites are supporting lock-out schemes based on where the viewer's terminal is located. Even YouTube is getting in on this grotesque display of excessive greed (can you say "death knell"?)

I posit that such location-based lock-out features are decidedly ANTI-INTERNET, considering the fabric of the internet is infused with "anyone anywhere" sensibilities. What more, I am surprised to find the crazy / wacky / increasingly desperate / shameful & obvious / hypocritical blogosphere makes no mention of this fact!

Is having access to 30 Rock online legally SO important that you just let old media strangle online distribution by their rules; just like they did before the Internet? Has it been that long that users have forgotten why the internet was started? (in part, to make good on what TV "could have been but failed to become" due to excessive corporate greed?)

Seriously, does anyone really think that such features are going to help keep the internet out of the hands of greedy government & corporate interests? Just like another hotly debate topic... ?

So how about it? What can a person do if they agree that territorial lock-out schemes are every bit ANTI-INTERNET as say... oh... Net Neutrality?

Please discuss, I genuinely want to know what you smart people think."

Submission + - MSNBC forces fake problem to encourage IE use

casemon writes: "MSNBC online is soft-forcing users to switch to IE by suggesting the user's system is not compatible with the content and that MSFT are working to solve 'your' problem.

When Internet users click on links to certain video stories using a non-IE browser (example: Firefox the great) they receive an error message that states the video is not compatible with their system. However, the error message is itself a video ! WTF? The page then automatically loads video content for another story, that low-and-behold, works just fine.

Open this example to see for yourself...

A case of a company exercising their right to (sneakily) promote their own products? Or a subversion of the foundations that make the Internet free? Discuss!

Personally, it sounds like MSNBC is using their content to force browser switching, banking that the average users are dumb enough to fall for the subtle trick of wording suggesting the problem is with the users system. And you know what? They are probably right."

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