In Canada, we pay high income taxes, high retail taxes, high home/school taxes, basically, we pay HIGH taxes, but in exchange, we get free healthcare. It's not the best system, but it works for my family. In general, our government works well, at least for me. But what doesn't work for me is the CRTC, the government agency that decides what I can and cannot watch on TV or hear on the radio. They banned Stern (not that I care) and won't liscence HBO, so we have to get a special movie channel to watch The Sopranos. In general, there are ways around most of their regulations, but now, I am stomped by this one.
For Christmakkah, my lovely husband got me a fab video iPod. I was slow on the uptake, no time to upload my music or figure out which I'd like to buy. But slowly, I've been loading it up, making playlists for the store and special Dumpling playlists to keep the car ride tantrums to a minimum. But it's a video iPod, so I'd like to use that feature as well. I converted the video of Dumpling's first ski lessons and carry it around with me everywhere I go.
What I'd really like to do though, is by myself a couple fo TV shows, like The Office, or maybe a couple of Daily Shows. Except I can. You see, if you live in Canada, you can't buy TV content for your iPod. The only way to buy TV content is on the US site. OK, no problem, I'll set up a second account. Except you can't. In order to set up a US iTunes account, you must have a credit card with a US adress on it, which I obviously do not have. I have a Paypal account, but they won't take that.
So tell me, any one of you figure out a way around this? I figures I could get someone to buy stuff for me and I'd pay for it, but can they send me the files? I guess I could ask someone to set me up an account with THEIR credit card and I'd pay them via paypal, but that seems a lot to ask of a friend. I wonder if I gave someone money, could they set me up an account with the gift cards? Would that work? Seriously, who on the north side of the border has figured out how to buy TV iPod content?
I'm willing to trade my free health care card for the right price!