2010-06-29

The Canadian Hulu , For Canadian Eyes Only

Spoofing your IP address to pretend you are in the USA so you can access Hulu is hard enough, but now that Hulu will be charging Americans $10 a month, what are Canadians to do? Unless you have an American credit card and are willing to fork over US$10 to illegally watch American TV from Hulu while in Canada, here is where to click (for folks with a Canadian IP address only). I call it the legal Canadian Hulu. (Updated 2010-07-14 to include History and Food, to add a network list, to solve spacing issues and to add a bandwidth warning).

***WARNING: Just like Youtube and DailyMotion , streaming TV counts towards your monthly bandwidth limit. Allow for up to 1 GB per hour, 3GB for HD content. ISP bandwidth limits: Rogers, BellBell (aka Aliant) in New Brunswick (no limit) , Shaw and Vidéotron***

BRAVO, CBC, CITY TV, CPAC, The Comedy Network, CTV, CTV NEWS, Discovery, GLOBAL, FASHION TV, Food Network,  HISTORY, LCN, MTV, NFB, ONF, Radio-Canada (SRC). RDSRogersOnDemandShowcase, SPACE, Sportsnet, TFO, TMN, TSN, TVO, Vidéotron (TVA).

Note: Some sites do not work on a PS3 3.40 as they require Microsoft Silverlight or Flash Player 10 (Flash Player 9 is in the PS3 firmware 3.40).

PS3 Compatible (tested with firmware 3.40 in June 2010):

SHOWCASE
Weeds (Season 5 has Alanis Morisette!); Trailer Park Boys; Billable Hours; G-Spot:
http://www.showcase.ca/video/default.aspx

CITY TV
Dilbert; Hell's Kitchen
http://video.citytv.com/video/home/0/

Mixed results with PS3:

DISCOVERY
Science (ish) shows such as MythBusters and the excellent American Logger
http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/

LCN
French language news from the same company that owns Quebec's cable company (Quebecor)
http://videos.lcn.canoe.ca/

Not PS3 Compatible:

RADIO-CANADA:
Découverte ; L'épicerie; La semaine verte ; Second regard ; Les Boys ; Belle-Baie (only until July 12th) (was season 3 filmed in New Brunswick like the first two?)
http://www.tou.tv/

CBC
Fifth Estate; Marketplace; Doc zone
http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows

THE COMEDY NETWORK
The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, South Park (entire series!)
http://watch.thecomedynetwork.ca/

I haven't tried with a PS3:

CTV News (click on "More channels" for quick access to all the other CTV Globemedia online content)
http://watch.ctv.ca/news

CTV
Hiccups (from Brent Butt who brought us Corner Gas)
http://shows.ctv.ca/video.aspx

TVO
The Agenda with Steve Paikin
http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?programs

TFO (this is the French TVO)
Panorama
http://www.tfo.org/videos/

GLOBAL
Saturday Night Live; ET Canada
http://www.globaltv.com/video/index.html#video

CPAC (if want to see Steven Harper at 3 in the morning).
http://www.cpac.ca

NFB
National Film Board (collection of the crappiest movies ever made, some in 3D !)
http://nfb.ca/              or en français.

If you are or know a Rogers Cable or Wireless customer, interesting aggregated content of Rogers Media owned stations.
http://www.rogersondemand.com/

If you know a Province of Quebec (or Rockland, Ontario) Vidéotron digital cable customer, TVA content (like the excellent Caméra Café).
http://illicoweb.videotron.com/illicoweb/accueil.action

HISTORY
Ice Road Truckers, Outlaws
http://www.history.ca/video/default.aspx

MTV
Jersey Shore
http://www.mtv.ca/video/

FASHION TELEVISION
N@ked in the House
http://watch.fashiontelevision.com/

SPACE
Doctor Who
http://watch.spacecast.com/

Sports highlights
TSN
http://watch.tsn.ca/

SPORTSNET
http://www.sportsnet.ca/video/

RDS
http://www.rds.ca/zv2/

BRAVO
Arts and Minds ; Monty Python for dummies
http://watch.bravo.ca/

TMN (for Bell and Vidéotron subscribers only)
True Blood, Entourage
http://www.themovienetwork.ca/online/

Food Network
Restaurant Makeover, Hell's Kitchen
http://www.foodnetwork.ca/video/index.html

Did I forget any? Please let me know in the comments.

You can also check out video podcasts, my favourites are on the bottom right of your screen (but I'll consider adding yours if you suggest them in the comments). 

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