So, in the last installment, we talked about a content provider from China (youku) that wasn’t available in the US (or other places outside of Mainland China). The example I gave involved trying to watch an episode of Grey’s Anatomy in and out of Mainland China.
Well, let’s see what happens if you were in China and wanted to watch Grey’s Anatomy directly on the ABC website:
Okay, fine, you don’t want to let me watch this show about doctors… I’ll just goto Fox and watch House instead:
What isn’t shown here is a nice voice that says the content is currently unavailable. Said voice goes away and content appears when I use a computer address from within the US, however.
Fine, fine, fine… I’ll just go listen to music on pandora.com:
Here’s something to consider… China has something like 485 million internet users, with only something like 40% of the households connected. I mean, not only is the number of users almost twice those in the US, it is set to belch over the next blah years. If you want exact statistics, do your own research/googling… the point here is why would anyone want to turn their backs on such a huge and expanding market?
I wonder if it might have something to do with same kinda folks that tried to bring us SOPA?
In any event, I see it as just a tad bit hypocritical to condemn the Chinese government for trying to limit content coming into the country without shedding more light on the interests in America who try to never let said content out.