There appears to be trouble in paradise. Google, which this week released a sneak peek of their new Google TV service, is being blocked from displaying content on the popular video catch up site, Hulu. There's no doubt that Google would
love to have Hulu run on Google TV-after all, they do ballyhoo it as being "TV, apps, search, and the entire web... together at last," but, for the moment, anyway, that doesn't look like it's going to happen.
Reviewers who played with Logitech's new $300 Revue unit found that when they tried to pull up Hulu on the screen they got a very familiar result: "Unfortunately Hulu is not supported on your platform. We apologize for any inconvenience." Familiar, because that's the message Hulu has been delivering to most TV-specific browsers--like Hillcrest Lab's Kylo, for example (see this story: Hulu blocks Kylo - yet again)-whenever users try to access it.
Not having access to the free version of Hulu really shouldn't be too surprising based on the Hulu track record and the long-term goals of its three owners, Disney, NBC Universal and News Corp. The good news, however, is that Google is actively trying to work with Hulu to overcome the issue, but the compromise is likely to be on the Hulu Plus service, which will cost users $9.99 a month to access.
- see this PC World article
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