Good While It Lasted

Hulu has caved into pressure from their content providers and changed their service so it will no longer work with Boxee. Unfortunately this also broke the XBMC-Hulu plugin.

Our content providers requested that we turn off access to our content via the Boxee product, and we are respecting their wishes.

From the Doing hard things post on the Hulu Blog.

Damn. Just damn.

I really liked watching The Daily Show & The Colbert Report on my TV. While those two shows are good, they are the only shows on Comedy Central which interest me. Then you factor in that cable companies do not allow subscribers to pick channels à la carte, so I’d have to double my cable bill just for those shows and maybe 2 other channels (each having no more than 3 shows of interest), I guess I’m done watching this stuff on TV1.

Plus I only had a single episode left to watch in Journeyman, which it turns out was really good. Though I stick by my initial assesstment of the first episode being a bit slow. Now I wish I’d given that a second chance before I rewatched all of John Doe, which had an interesting premise but really sucked.

1 At least for now. There is some talk on the XBMC Forums about continuing to work on the XBMC-Hulu plugin to get around Hulu’s changes

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7 thoughts on “Good While It Lasted

  1. That’s too bad.

    It’s only going to push people who legitimately watch internet tv from Hulu through illegally downloading content.

    I mean when I couldn’t access Hulu (not from the US), I resorted to P2P.

    I’ve NEVER looked back.

  2. Yup. It’s sad really how clueless the media companies are being about this, though not really surprising. From what I understand the media companies make oodles more money from the cable/satellite companies than they do from online ads off sites like Hulu.

    1. Yup, I’ve seen it. I just hadn’t written anything about it as it doesn’t apply to me (as noted in your 2nd comment).

  3. Whoops, forgot to mention that I hope this makes its way to XBMC soon. I know a Boxee solution doesn’t mean anything to your setup.

    1. The developers behind the XBMC-Hulu plugin are working on updating it to work and I understand it already can be made to work on platforms other than the XBox. However it sounds like that version of the plugin is unlikely to make it to the Xbox version (requires gnash which is currently unsupported by XBMC).

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