i'm pretty sure the reason is ABC need to sell the program to other coutries channels to make more money.
if you really want to view them just change your proxy settings so it looks like you now live inside the US.
(using a us anonymous proxy)
Same goes for online movie rentals.
Itunes needs a US credit card so this wont help you there.
I tested this and watched ABC from Australia
I believe the reason that you can't watch the abc.com shows online outside of the US is because they have not shown the TV shows there yet. I know that some shows are a year behind over there in airing dates.
Tom I think a ninja would be better in getting those snakes on the plane. Their reflexes are better. But yes Pirates do have better sound effects.
Your podcast is always the first I listen to and look forward to. Keep up the good work.