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Moon residents protest streaming site blockages

In Technology on February 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

Residents of Selena, the capital city of the Moon, are up in arms over blockages by major streaming content sites such as Youtube, Hulu and Netflix.

“I can’t believe I’m missing out on old episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” said Phillius Alanoia. “I haven’t even finished season two, and I hear it gets really good in three.”

The policies have been put in place to protect revenue streams, according to representatives at Netflix and Hulu.

“It costs a lot of money to put a pound of mass into space, and it’s the same with bandwith,” said Mark Smith of Hulu. “It costs us 30 dollars to beam up an episode of The Bachelor.”

“It’s just not worth it. We can’t drop 400 dollars every time some nerd wants his Naruto fix. And that’s not even addressing the issue that most of our advertisers aren’t currently selling their products on the Moon.”

Moon forums have erupted with angry posts since the blockages.

“Utter bullshit,” said one user. “Not everybody lives on the Earth. The Internet needs to get over its Earth-centric way of thinking.”

YouTube has responded to the backlash by proposing a three-year plan to launch a website at youtube.moon, which would run off of Selenian servers.

“Prices for servers on the moon are coming down every day. Three years from now, moon residents will be able to see moon cat antics on their own version of Youtube,” said a Youtube representative.

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