Friday 24 September 2021

[OP-ED] “We’re so sorry! This video is not available in your location.”

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“This-video-is-not-available-in-your-country.”[OOAll too often this little message of disappointment appears on our computer screens and we wonder, “Why?”

Are we in Costa Rica perceived as communication pirates? Are we the same as the Chinese or Somalis, perhaps Nigerians who readily steal and publish programs or reproduce “How I Survived the Himalayan Three Foot Monster on my Vacation to Yosemite Park?”

Okay, every Monday, etc. I am so very tired of reading on the Internet about the Kardashians, Bieber, elections and what’s her name the design expert, something Osborn.

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Most of all, I want to know more about the world and the world at large’s ideas and opinions of…the world.

While it is good to follow local, Costa Rican Politics, it is also, perhaps even better, to latch on to global happenings which is something my Yahoo connection limits only because I live here.

Already, all of the cable companies have been caught buying the NBC network on a big ass discount from a Canadian supplier resulting in an endless stream of info commercials instead of viable programming. Translated that means no Olympics for us except by Internet.

Right now, everything on NBC network, one of the big three English speaking programmers is gone. “Yes,” adios and farewell. However, we still pay for the service which is not received.

“We’re so sorry! This video is not available in your location,” is dumb. Is the developed world saying that countries like CR are inferior or willing to rob crocodiles eating fish to be replicated on a CD and sold in a gas station by some local pirate?

I like to follow the Olympics, its wonderful sense of sportsmanship, global sense of friendship and spectacular events that only the very best can even attempt. But, I and I doubt anyone in Costa Rica will copy and sell the videos of these wonderful athletes on the open market. Simply, there is none, if any demand for such a product.

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Yahoo, Google, etc. need to be more selective in transmission and recognize, from a commercial perspective, Central and South American are viable customer candidates.

Limiting transmission really makes me angry as if I want to copy and reproduce anything and everything. On the other hand, the national cable companies who charge for all three networks, but have cut NBC from the format need should bring that connection back to its subscribers or reduce the per month charges appropriately.

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Juan Sebastian Campos
An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.

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