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Hulu Plus reaches Android on just six devices, no tablets

updated 07:45 am EDT, Thu June 23, 2011

Hulu Plus hits Android with fragmentation

Android caught up significantly on Thursday with the addition of Hulu Plus (free, Market). Coming a year after the iOS version, it lets users stream the full Hulu TV and movie catalog over both cellular and Wi-Fi. The service costs the same $8 per month.

The launch nonetheless drew a close parallel to the Netflix release on Android by arriving on just six devices. Initial support is limited to just the Nexus One and Nexus S, HTC's Inspire 4G, as well as the the Motorola Atrix, Droid 2, and Droid X. More devices are coming later in the year, Hulu said.

The limitation stems primarily from the splintered nature of copy protection on Android. Where Apple's narrow device mix guarantees virtually every model can get a copy-protected media app, Android protection on current phones has to be tailored to individual processor families and sometimes specific models. Netflix said it couldn't reach every device because of the split.

Google has tackled the problem by introducing modular DRM in Android 3 and should bring it to phones this fall with Ice Cream Sandwich. Hulu's current app doesn't support any Android tablets, however, and still gives iOS in tablet support.

Viewers have also noted that the Android version also doesn't appear to work at all on rooted Android devices, including those using CyanogenMod. The limit is one that also touches Netflix and reflects worries from studios that rooted devices might allow stream ripping.

by MacNN Staff



  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sooo Wrenchy

    How's that whole "Droid superiority" thing working out for you??? Another weak/late app launch help your position much?

  1. facebook_James

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011


    Of course

    An open platform doesn't allow enforcement of copyrights.

    Android is an "open" platform.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Open" platform is a lie

    For common users, open platform means nothing. You don't get more features, more usability or a better platform because of it's openness. Open platform is nothing more than a sandbox for developer. Like Linux fanboy, most of Android users don't now what is a source code and will never compile a source code. Just like Linux or other "open" OS, Android is a unfinished developer play field.

    I don't care not have access to iOS, MacOSX or Windows source code, I only care of being able to access the file system and interact with it the way I want, and all OS close or open got their way. Open platform got no value what so ever for the largest part of us.

  1. CVBruce

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Full Catalog Support?

    The article says: ...users stream the full Hulu TV and movie catalog...

    Is this true? I know on my iOS version quite a few TV shows are marked "web-only" and are not allowed to be streamed over anything.

  1. gprovida

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iWorks very good on iPad, but ....

    My experience is it works well from iWorks on Mac but a layout,font, etc. type issues to and from MS Office. Basic word processing it is fine for creation, editing, import/export, etc., Keynote is a bit tougher if you want to do figure or graphic editing, and numbers I have not really used. All my experience is touch only.

    So if you do email, simple word processing, simple presentations, and simple spreadsheets this works fine and does replace a PC. More ambitious projects are not yet well served with iPad.

    Citrix option is really klunky with MITRE. Non-responsive, hard to map finger to mouse, bringing up and hiding keyboard, etc., a lot of work to do there.

    I suspect with Windows 8 touch capable OS arrives then Citrix from an iPad will be terrific.

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