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Hulu starts blocking BlackBerry PlayBook owners

updated 10:55 am EDT, Thu April 21, 2011

Hulu blocks BlackBerry PlayBook browser

BlackBerry PlayBook owners have reported that they can no longer access content on Hulu. Previously, owners had access to all movies and TV shows on Hulu, but it now appears the video streaming site has added the BlackBerry PlayBook's browser to its blocked list. Hulu said it doesn't have an agreement in place with RIM to stream to the PlayBook and is therefore "legally and contractually obligated not to provide access."

The text of the warning does hint at such an eventuality, reading "right now this device isn't supported."

Some enterprising users are already looking for a workaround that would allow them to circumvent the restriction, with ideas ranging from proxies to browser spoofs. These do not work, but one user claims creating a direct link from a supported browser and e-mailing it to himself will result in a link that will load the video on the PlayBook in a new browser tab. Other members confirm this works. [via CrackBerry]

by MacNN Staff



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