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Hulu running on a Nexus One (Android 2.2/Froyo)  (Source: Absolutely Android)
Hulu junkies rejoice, you can now run the popular website on an Android 2.2 device

When Android 2.2 was launched on Thursday, one of the most prominent features of the operating system was the support for Adobe Flash 10.1. While Adobe Flash can be used for things like animations and advertisements on websites, many people foamed at the mouth in anticipation of watching Hulu videos on mobile devices running Android 2.2.

However, those hopes were quickly dashed. Ginny Miles of PC World reported last week:

Missing from all of this Flash action, of course, is Hulu. I was really disappointed when I tried-and ultimately failed-to watch an episode of "30 Rock" on the Nexus One. According to Adobe, Hulu does not own distribution rights for their content on mobile devices and therefore cannot stream video to smartphones.

Well, where there's a will, there's a way. There now is a confirmed way of enabling Hulu on Android 2.2 devices -- for now, that appears to apply to only Nexus One users at the moment as they are the only ones with access to the Android 2.2.

Absolutely Android describes a method of using the “about:debug” command in the default web browser and setting the UAString to “desktop”. This fools Hulu into thinking that it is running on a fully fledged notebook or desktop and not an "illegal" mobile device.

Another site, Android Forums, describes a similar method to enable Hulu on Android 2.2 with the Dolphin HD web browser. User NSAmouroux describes the Hulu experience on the Nexus One:

I'm watching some subbed anime episodes (Bleach) via the Viz Anime site which uses Hulu and it's playing FLAWLESSLY! Took a minute or two to load the content on my home Wifi (comcast cable) but it's playing with no slowdown / stuttering and the audio / subtitles are perfect!

So for you Nexus One users out there, give this method a try and report your results in the comments section. Be sure to try out as much Hulu content as you can and report your experiences with load times, playback performance, battery life, and heat problems (if any) that may occur.



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Can Hulu get around this?
By cyyc009 on 5/23/2010 10:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
If Froyo can fool Hulu into thinking it's a PC, then technically this is a permanent hack, right?




RE: Can Hulu get around this?
By dagamer34 on 5/23/2010 11:22:45 PM , Rating: 4
If everything is based on browser's user strings, pretty much. I mean, a browser is a browser. Nothing special that's hacky about it.

And Hulu trying to control the screen that sees it's content is very silly. A pair of eyeballs is a pair of eyeballs. Be happy people are viewing content on YOUR site instead of using Bittorrent to download a better copy to watch on their HDTV.


RE: Can Hulu get around this?
By eskimospy on 5/24/2010 2:54:04 AM , Rating: 3
From what this article says (and I believe it), Hulu's contracts with the content providers do not allow it to legally distribute the content to mobile devices. I'm sure Hulu would love to have as many eyeballs as possible staring at their videos, it's not their call though.


RE: Can Hulu get around this?
By GaryJohnson on 5/24/2010 9:31:35 AM , Rating: 1
Hulu is a joint venture of NBC Universal, Fox Entertainment Group, and ABC Inc.

Hulu is the content providers.


RE: Can Hulu get around this?
By adiposity on 5/24/2010 2:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
Which amounts to the same thing; until all of those content providers agree to allow mobile viewing, hulu cannot do it.

While you are right to point out that hulu is not some 3rd party, they do represent all three and therefore all 3 are required to consent to changes in strategy.


RE: Can Hulu get around this?
By ViRGE on 5/24/2010 9:29:54 AM , Rating: 2
There are additional ways to fingerprint a browser. They aren't quite as convenient as the user agent, but they would work. If Hulu has to get serious about blocking this (and I suspect they will) then expect to see a tug-of-war of them using new ways to fingerprint smartphones and hackers coming up with new ways to block it.

If it remains being an issue, ultimately they're going to do the fingerprinting based on Flash, which unlike the browser is closed-source and can't be told to lie.


RE: Can Hulu get around this?
By adiposity on 5/24/2010 2:02:55 PM , Rating: 2
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If it remains being an issue, ultimately they're going to do the fingerprinting based on Flash, which unlike the browser is closed-source and can't be told to lie.


Yep.


By inperfectdarkness on 5/24/2010 1:48:48 PM , Rating: 2
...now if only we could get a good, permanant fix for hulu's regional lockout...


Its all for naught
By dalingrin on 5/24/2010 12:13:46 AM , Rating: 2
The flash videos on Hulu run fairly terrible compared to most other sites on my Nexus One.




RE: Its all for naught
By B3an on 5/24/2010 3:46:59 AM , Rating: 1
Runs fine for me.
Well impressed with Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2, all my Flash sites are running perfect. Cant wait to start making Flash games for Android.

Funny how a phone can run Flash perfectly well, even 3D Flash sites i've visited. Yet some people still complain about it's apparently bad performance (and crApple).


RE: Its all for naught
By Spuke on 5/24/2010 9:53:05 AM , Rating: 2
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Funny how a phone can run Flash perfectly well, even 3D Flash sites i've visited. Yet some people still complain about it's apparently bad performance (and crApple).
How exactly does one have a problem with flash that can't be fixed with a simple uninstall?? I've NEVER had a problem with flash on my machine. If I found an issue on someone's elses computer, it was simple to fix, uninstall it/reinstall it. Even then the problem was always two installations of flash (really old one and a new one). Seriously, if you can't fix something simple like flash, you need to turn in your nerd card. This is REALLY simple stuff.


RE: Its all for naught
By Pirks on 5/24/2010 9:53:52 AM , Rating: 2
By highlandsun on 5/23/2010 10:41:13 PM , Rating: 4
you can stream Hulu to your phone without Flash.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=5...




By thesafetyisoff on 5/24/2010 1:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
Because frankly, watching TV on a three-inch screen is unpleasant no matter how good the quality might be.




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