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Wont Androids w/ flash update do this FREE?

DE 2 Philly

Jun 29, 2010, 1:21 PM
Wont the EVO etc. be able to watch Hulu from its site FREE once they get the FLASH 10x update?
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Menno

Jun 29, 2010, 1:29 PM
Not really. For whatever reason, Hulu blocks flash on mobile devices.

If I had a droid x (or a evo) that had HDMI out, I would gladly pay $10 a month to have hulu streaming ability on my phone.
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DE 2 Philly

Jun 29, 2010, 2:05 PM
Man that stinks; well at least other things that dont actively block Flash is awesome to have on a cell; but HULU is an awesome site; I dono if I'd pay $10/month for it though

Although the EVO does have HDMI out; which will show on my TV - sooo mayyyyyyybe

Also... would be sweet once GOOGLE TV comes out!
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iDeNoh

Jun 29, 2010, 2:48 PM
I think the point was that if he HAD one of the two devices that have HDMI out, he would use the service.
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americannarc

Jul 1, 2010, 1:42 AM
There are ways around the hulu block.
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mycool

Jun 29, 2010, 2:01 PM
I don't see why it's so hard for someone to geek out and create an application that falsifies the web browser headers?

That's how sites determine what browser you use... they use the headers in the request to see if you're running IE or Firefox or Chrome or etc and they also check what version.

Oh, and some browsers also by default send the request over WAP instead of HTTP so the protocol would have to be sent over as HTTP.
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Menno

Jun 29, 2010, 2:17 PM
People have. And they work great. Until a website like Engadget reports on it. And then Hulu finds the work around and blocks it.

Believe me, there's been at least 6 different workarounds made for it, and Hulu found and blocked them all.
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Kayslay34

Jun 29, 2010, 2:38 PM
Exactly, it worked for me on my Skyfire browser for 3-4 days. Then poof, stopped working.
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rlpinca

Jun 29, 2010, 2:48 PM
Why would hulu block it from phones?
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mycool

Jun 29, 2010, 4:42 PM
To offer a paid service.
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rlpinca

Jun 29, 2010, 5:29 PM
I figured as much, but I just wan't sure if there was a technical or legal reason behind it.

Just $$$$ as usual. 😁
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Menno

Jun 29, 2010, 5:12 PM
1. to offer a paid service
2. because they "didn't have the distribution rights for that platform" (this is the excuse they give)
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mycool

Jun 29, 2010, 4:59 PM
Apparently these workarounds aren't full then.

For a workaround to work you'd have to simulate a PC fully:

* Falsify Browser Headers (Marked down as IE or Firefox or Chrome, etc)
* Protocol (HTTP)
* Falsify Adobe Version (Marked down as a desktop version of Adobe)

The only thing I can think of that Hulu could do is have a range of IPs blocked from the service (as long as that range is known to be Mobile ONLY). The only problem with that is how do they know that you're not using an aircard or a mifi? They'd have to cut off all mobile devices (not just smartphones).
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Menno

Jun 29, 2010, 5:11 PM
the falsifying browser headers and protocol is alteady blocked, not sure about the adobe version
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mycool

Jun 29, 2010, 5:37 PM
I don't see how they can block it if it's simulating a PC entirely? (any workaround that gets blocked is not FULLY simulating).

Like I said, the only thing remaining is by IP. They'd have to know ahead of time that the IP falls within a guaranteed known mobile IP range and cut off all Mobile IPs (even aircards).
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highlandsun

Jun 29, 2010, 8:25 PM
I was never able to get a connection to Hulu direct from my T-Mobile 3G connection, dunno if it was being blocked by Hulu or T-Mobile, but I now have a relay setup so I can stream Hulu to my G1. You don't need Flash, you just need root access on your phone.
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