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Hulu refuses to embrace mobile, blocks access on BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Apr 2011 14:58 User comments (7)

Hulu refuses to embrace mobile, blocks access on BlackBerry PlayBook tablet Hulu, in their ongoing efforts to not embrace smartphones and tablets, has blocked access to the site for BlackBerry PlayBook owners.
Tablet owners headed to Hulu.com for free, streaming TV are now greeted with:

We notice that you are trying to access Hulu from your BlackBerry browser. Right now, this device is not supported.


Happy owners had been able to use the site for the last two days since the device's launch.

In the past few years, Hulu has blocked access to the site from the PS3, Google TV and Android devices, each of which originally had the ability to stream the content.

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7 user comments

121.4.2011 16:14

I wonder if its because of their agreements with content providers and not necessarily there own policy.

221.4.2011 16:32

I feel like when they do stuff like this it just encourages piracy



322.4.2011 0:01

Screw Hulu...if they wanted to be on the droid, the playbook, and the iPhone, they could...but they would rather fade into the darkness by shunning new technology.



422.4.2011 13:48

Originally posted by Azuran:
I wonder if its because of their agreements with content providers and not necessarily there own policy.
They ARE the content providers, Hulu is jointly owned by NBC, Fox and Disney.

522.4.2011 14:14

All these broadcast disputes are silly. You would think that they'd want as many people as possible watching their commercials! Another way is to watch TV online through sites like the TVDevo website. They offer live and recorded TV shows from around the world.

623.4.2011 21:35

Hulu will be the next Blockbuster...deny new technology until you fade out.

71.5.2011 17:11

The content providers just don't get it. Instead of leveraging mobile devices and new technology in general, they close the gates, stick their head in the sand, and repeat the mantra " it's not real", hoping the boogie monster of new technology will pass them. If they continue on this path, the new technology *will* pass them, and in the process, make them irrelevant.

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