That Hulu That Your PS3 Won't Do

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Some PS3 websurfers have reported that, as of this morning, they're no longer able to play Hulu videos. Engadget dug through the Hulu TOS and thinks it knows why.


The PS3 had access to Hulu thanks to the console browser's flash support, leading some to wonder if this was a glitch or a block caused by the firmware. But do not adjust your set, reports Engadget:

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.

Hulu to PlayStation 3 Browsers: "This Video is not Available on Your Platform" [Engadget; image from FormatWarCentral]



This is total BULLSHIT. I've been using HULU on my PS3 and HDTV since Sony upgraded their web browsing software to include flash 9.

And while it's not the greatest quality, it's something that I really enjoyed and did use on a frequent basis.

It doesn't make a lick of sense ... I sit through the damned commercials, HULU and their advertisers ARE getting their "ad impressions" (yes, I work for a web 2.0 company, I know that's like, 100% of the business on a free site) via a PS3 user the same way as they are with a PC user!!!

As much as I love Sony, I'm well aware that they NEED all the positive press that they can get for the PS3 at the moment - telling people that you can use the PS3 to stream very decent quality HULU programming onto their TV's was some DAMNED GOOD PRESS ... I SINCERELY hope that they can iron this out with the HULU people and get the service/content un-blocked ...

... I've never been one to boycott a good service, but if they continue to block my PS3 I'm not going to visit their site and give them any ad revenue anymore on general principle.