While placing full episodes (replete with full commercials and no fast-forward button) on the web is all the rage for U.S. networks, all of the networks have “U.S. only” filtering in place to prevent non-U.S. viewers from tuning in on the web:
Here in Canada we’re thus limited to watching TV, well, on TV. There are, however, a few exceptions:
- Global is making full episodes of Survivor: Cook Islands and Brothers & Sisters available, as well as some of their games shows and Canadian programming like Falcon Beach.
- CTV is making some of their Canadian shows, like Corner Gas and Whistler available online, but none of the U.S. shows they carry here. They don’t make it easy to find — you have to hunt for the “CTV Broadband Network” to load the players, and it seems to be Windows-only.
- CBC is making some content available on Google Video, although it’s mostly news items and short clips.
If you come across anything else, let me know.
If you’re resourceful, of course, there are ways of working around these U.S.-only restrictions. They are, after all, simply checking your IP address to see if it’s in the U.S. So if you set up your web browser to use a U.S. proxy server you will appear to be “in the U.S.” and you’ll be let in the door. Here’s some basic details about how to do this.