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Hulu has the power to block Android users whenever it wants

May 24, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android News

Hulu has the power to block Android users whenever it wants

One of the first questions asked by members of the press at Google I/O concerned whether Google TV would support Hulu. Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra said that the new product would include full-featured Flash that will support any Flash-based video player, as long as the video source didn’t actively block it.

Well, Hulu will probably actively block Google TV from accessing its content, and the video website will probably do the same to the trick used by Nexus One owners with Froyo. At the moment, Nexus owners are able to access Hulu by tricking the website into thinking they are on a desktop. Here’s how, courtesy of RyeBrye:

1) Type “about:debug” in the address bar and press the arrow button.

2) Go to settings and choose “UAString”

3) Select the “Desktop” option and Hulu should begin working.

Note: Dolphin HD users can simply go to Settings > User Agent > Desktop

It’s great to think you can access Hulu on your mobile phones but it’s also unlikely that you’ll be able to do it much longer. This trick may already be toast by the time you read this article. Hulu is able to block certain devices from accessing the website, including by operating system and proxies, so any workaround that people discover is usually stopped within a few days. Desktop apps, websites, and mobile apps like Skyfire have discovered temporary fixes, only to be thwarted a short time later.

So we can expect Hulu to work in Froyo and Google TV, but you can also anticipate Hulu putting a stop to that. Watching Hulu is something plenty of people want, but there may not be a steady solution until Hulu releases an official app for Android.