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I noticed a new URL snuck into the very end of ECW last night - tv.wwe.com - which redirects you to www.wwe.com/hulu, which appears to be a Hulu page done up for WWE.com...EXCEPT, I can't seem to find these "complete shows" by navigating through Hulu!

Currently, Smackdown, ECW and Superstars full episodes are available. I don't know how long the lag is - yesterday's ECW still isn't up, but all three of last week's shows are. No idea what makes RAW so special. I think you can still see practically the whole show, only broken up into clips/segments using the dreadful WWE Media Player - whatever IT is. (I wasn't really paying attention to see if this "tv.wwe.com" stuff was in the RAW credits, too...?)

Anyway, I'm throwing this out there while I managed to remember it. Of course, you're still better off hitting up YouTube to watch full episodes online, but it's nice to know the "legal" alternative is getting closer to the full-on televised experience (albeit, with nearly as many ads and no way to FFWD through them, alas) Maybe now I can catch up on the two months of "Superstars" I haven't gotten to....?



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Doesnt it usually take a day or two for shows to post?

I've gone looking for an ECW show and not found it til Thursday.



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...and still, the shows are unavailable to viewers outside of the USA.

When will the WWE understand that the W in WWE means WORLD, meaning that there are people online in the WORLD who want to view their programs.



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    Originally posted by Oliver
    ...and still, the shows are unavailable to viewers outside of the USA.

    When will the WWE understand that the W in WWE means WORLD, meaning that there are people online in the WORLD who want to view their programs.


This is less the WWE and more Hulu. And less Hulu than "every US show broadcasted from the US". You can watch Conan clips on NBC.com, but good luck trying to watch full episodes. On the surface is makes perfect sense; why would the US want *us* to watch these? Their networks and those who advertise on them make no money from us (unlike when we watch them on cable.....or when people like CTV buy the broadcast rights).

Unless you do a little bit of research and find out which programs mask your IP address and trick programs into thinking you're a VPN client from the US who happens to be in Canada. Not that I have done that before [I have done it before and used to it to watch US shows (like Conan and other shows on Hulu)] while living in Canada (he's still very funny but on very late, so it is very much worth it).

I am unsure if the adminZIMtrators would approve of me placing a link to one such program (which used to work.....Hulu goes out of their way to try to shut these down and I have been very busy of late, too busy to watch TV), so I will er on the side of caution and not do so.


(edited by El Nastio on 1.10.09 0633)

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Does not simply using a US based proxy in your browser not solve the problem? (Being from the US and on dialup, I can't really test that myself.)
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    Originally posted by InVerse
    Does not simply using a US based proxy in your browser not solve the problem? (Being from the US and on dialup, I can't really test that myself.)


The issue is Hulu now is actively trying to stop people from using IP anonymity software. In fact, I used one such program and Hulu outright gave a message saying “you have an anonymous IP address, likely due to a software program or proxy. Turn off/change your software and settings and try again”. After doing this, you then get busted with being outside of the USA. This is why the VPN trick works so well, and also when Hulu is trying to bust up said VPN trick.

But where there's the Internet, there will be "solutions" to these issues.



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    Originally posted by El Nastio
      Originally posted by InVerse
      Does not simply using a US based proxy in your browser not solve the problem? (Being from the US and on dialup, I can't really test that myself.)


    The issue is Hulu now is actively trying to stop people from using IP anonymity software. In fact, I used one such program and Hulu outright gave a message saying “you have an anonymous IP address, likely due to a software program or proxy. Turn off/change your software and settings and try again”. After doing this, you then get busted with being outside of the USA. This is why the VPN trick works so well, and also when Hulu is trying to bust up said VPN trick.

    But where there's the Internet, there will be "solutions" to these issues.
While I appreciate the ideas (and will no doubt attempt them), I want to do it legally.

This entire thing irks me.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    I noticed a new URL snuck into the very end of ECW last night - tv.wwe.com - which redirects you to www.wwe.com/hulu, which appears to be a Hulu page done up for WWE.com...EXCEPT, I can't seem to find these "complete shows" by navigating through Hulu!

    Currently, Smackdown, ECW and Superstars full episodes are available. I don't know how long the lag is - yesterday's ECW still isn't up, but all three of last week's shows are. No idea what makes RAW so special. I think you can still see practically the whole show, only broken up into clips/segments using the dreadful WWE Media Player - whatever IT is. (I wasn't really paying attention to see if this "tv.wwe.com" stuff was in the RAW credits, too...?)

    Anyway, I'm throwing this out there while I managed to remember it. Of course, you're still better off hitting up YouTube to watch full episodes online, but it's nice to know the "legal" alternative is getting closer to the full-on televised experience (albeit, with nearly as many ads and no way to FFWD through them, alas) Maybe now I can catch up on the two months of "Superstars" I haven't gotten to....?



    (edited by CRZ on 1.10.09 0032)


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