Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What to do, what to do...

When I was in Italy in high school oh so many years ago it was a banner day when I got to call home and talk to the family for a meager 5 minutes. The cost of phone calls was enormous and it was before the Internet. I was a lifetime ago. Now, thanks to modern innovations, I am able to call home through the internet, see loved ones through webcams, and keep up with everyone via email, Facebook, MySpace and more. I also knew that I could keep up with my "shows" (The Office, Lie to Me, etc) thanks to sites such as Hulu.

Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that you cannot watch American TV over the internet if you're outside of the States. GASP! What's a girl to do? Now I know that in the grand scheme of things this isn't a big deal. I mean after all, I am living in Rome and how often am I going to have time to watch TV? Aren't there more exciting things to do??

Yes....but. What about those down times when I just want to kick back and watch Dwight and Jim go at it? Or what about when I want to see....I don't know...something culturally relevant back home? I don't think that this is too much to ask. So, I've done some research and have found a British website that allows you to access American TV online. From what I have read they do this through US based servers. Here's the catch. You have to subscribe to this service. Meaning: it costs $. Actually, it costs £. When I ran the conversion it works out to be about $8/month. There are no contracts and you can cancel at any time. The question is this: do I or don't I?

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  1. Do I! Or, I mean--do it! And I have to tell you, I love "Lie to me"! I find myself analyzing people's body language and wanting to question them if they don't make eye contact. "You glanced to the left and flared a nostril! I am not buying a word you say!"

  2. I had the same sad realization about Hulu...they should have warned us!!!