Google Video - We're sorry, but this video is not available in your country

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Google Video - We're sorry, but this video is not available in your country

It looks like Google Video is using geolocation to determine what county you live in and then displaying this message: "We're sorry, but this video is not available in your country." if you are in a "disallowed" country. The reason? Well, many non-U.S. countries are 6 months behind on U.S.-based TV episodes, if not longer. In Hollywood, syndication means money, not to mention the European TV advertisers won't be happy if Europeans can download a U.S. TV episode before it even airs for a first-run on European TV stations. My guess is that Google Video is working with the TV content providers in determining the date each country is airs specific episodes and then changing the status from "disallowed" to "allowed" to download when the date expires.

This type of geolocation (geographical filtering) is evil incarnate! In fact, I wrote about this in my blog post titled Geolocation data - Good for Internet or Satan incarnate? What ever happened to Google's Do No Evil motto? :@



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