It seems that the great Hulu apocalypse has hit more than just Witopia.net, Amazon's EC2 instances also seem to be blocked.
Of course, there are a tonne of other cloud providers out there, several of them even cheaper than Amazon. Personally, I'm still with Witopia. Like any good company, they had a new address range up immediately.
Hulu is stuck in the same game as Apple. They're playing whack-a-mole with the hackers. The only problem, every time they want to block an access method, it costs them money. However, it is free for us to invent a way around a block (it's a hobby), and there are a lot more of us than there are developers at Hulu.
This is yet another example of "Don't piss off the nerds".
Personally, here are the lessons that I would take from this.
- There is a market for International access. People are willing to _pay_ to get access. I am currently paying US$12/month to access Hulu, Pandora, and TV.com. I would pay that for unfettered access to Hulu.
- Hulu isn't going to win with black lists. They're going to have to implement a white list, which is a lot more expensive to maintain.
- Not a single person who was using Hulu simply stopped watching TV when Witopia and Amazon were turned off, they just went back to bittorrent.
- Don't piss off the nerds. They can out-spend you.
There are plenty of cloud providers out there. The same solution will probably work on other sites. Install Squid and give it a try!