Most content blocked in Japan?
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I'm an American, in the Air Force stationed in Japan. I signed up for a free trial, with the full intention of continuing (my wife, who is Japanese, and I got very excited about all the dramas listed) but I find that almost everything is blocked to licensing restrictions?

Is there any way around this without paying for a VPN to get a US based IP address?

Isn't it kind of ridiculous that I can't watch Japanese dramas and cartoons that air for free on TV here in Japan, all because I live in Japan?

I can understand sites like Hulu and stuff that are blocked because they are showing American shows, but why are Japanese shows blocked in Japan? Doesn't make any sense to me.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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have you tried a proxy server
like
http://www.fastproxynetwork.com/

you can find more by searching google
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Posted 6/4/11

bnr32jason wrote:

I'm an American, in the Air Force stationed in Japan. I signed up for a free trial, with the full intention of continuing (my wife, who is Japanese, and I got very excited about all the dramas listed) but I find that almost everything is blocked to licensing restrictions?

Is there any way around this without paying for a VPN to get a US based IP address?

Isn't it kind of ridiculous that I can't watch Japanese dramas and cartoons that air for free on TV here in Japan, all because I live in Japan?

I can understand sites like Hulu and stuff that are blocked because they are showing American shows, but why are Japanese shows blocked in Japan? Doesn't make any sense to me.

Any help would be much appreciated.


Because free streams would compete with local DVD sales.
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Posted 6/5/11
I can only imagine your gripe has something to do with the fact that content here is subbed... otherwise, you'd just be watching off the TV.

Dark_pride summed it up, but here's a little something for you to think about... the difference between free TV and online streaming is the factor of "on-demand". You can watch something online as many times as you like, when you like. Bad for TV companies and good for the sites that stream them. Even if we're talking about royalties here, you're running over quite a lot of red tape when you think about it. Not so ridiculous after all.
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