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Hulu blocked from PS3s?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 28 Jun 2009 22:45 User comments (7)

Hulu blocked from PS3s? Albeit buggy, Hulu playback on the PlayStation 3 has been allowed for some time now, giving console owners the ability to watch some of their favorite shows on their nice HDTVs.
That seems to have come to an end today however, as multiple users have posted on various forums that trying to watch a video on Hulu gives them the following message:

"Unfortunately, this video is not available on your platform. We apologize for any inconvenience."


Engadget reports that the problem could be a temporary issue after the recent 2.80 firmware update, or could mean that Hulu is being purposely blocked.

They add, "interestingly, the Hulu TOS was just updated as of June 26, and although we haven't found any PS3-specific passages, changing a browser's user-string to match the console reveals it is definitely being specifically blocked."

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7 user comments

128.6.2009 23:24

This makes perfeclty logical sense to me. I mean watching hulu content on your computer screen is one thing, but to watch it from a web enabled device on your t.v? Well now, that is entirely different. WTF

229.6.2009 1:03

I don't care, only Americans can use the service so screw that.

329.6.2009 2:17

sounds like someone is tired of giving out free rides. since the xbox360 and netflix have a nice little money making gig going ill bet hulu is trying to force the same on playstation3.

EDIT: netflix streaming on the box is the greatest thing to happen to the box all year. they even prioritize the box streams, it looks dvd perfect streamed from the box but when i stream through my laptop to the tv its a wee bit lower in quality. the only problem is they need more/better movies in the streaming section.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Jun 2009 @ 2:20

429.6.2009 9:41
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Originally posted by georgeluv:
sounds like someone is tired of giving out free rides. since the xbox360 and netflix have a nice little money making gig going ill bet hulu is trying to force the same on playstation3.

EDIT: netflix streaming on the box is the greatest thing to happen to the box all year. they even prioritize the box streams, it looks dvd perfect streamed from the box but when i stream through my laptop to the tv its a wee bit lower in quality. the only problem is they need more/better movies in the streaming section.
or psn sales can't be risked be offering free content, every second is a potential sale!

529.6.2009 10:02

I knew something was wrong when I tried watching Hulu on my PS3.. Well, Hulu was never perfect for it. It always went very slow for me after each commercial..

629.6.2009 20:08

something tells me this is from Hulu's end not Sony's. If you have the ability to use Hulu on your PS3 or any other way on your tv. Then what is the point of having cable or watching any tv at all?

72.7.2009 3:51

Maybe Sony wants royalties or vica versa for hulu aswell. Throw money at it and it will be unblocked well thats what i think anyway.

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