there are other issues at hand, I believe, such as the existing agreements in each country. Take for example Netflix which is now available in a few countries besides the US. For essentially the same price, the amount of content available to US customers is leaps and bounds ahead of the UK offering, an not just in US owned content. Many BBC shows are unavailable or missing series in Britain that are available in the US. The reason is down to the fact that the tv companies have already signed broadcasting agreements across the world, which means that for some series Netflix can't even negotiate access (such as for Doctor Who which I believe is held back by some rule that restricts how soon after broadcast of a show that the BBC can sell the rights to it inside the UK, but doesn't apply abroad), and for others it means dealing with a different person in the UK than they had to in the US who may be less inclined to take up the offer. And Google is likely in the same boat, trying to get rights to sell content, but because there is no easy way to get rights to sell it worldwide. Which sucks, since it means I still rely on Netflix or dvds if I actually want to pay for content.