Hulu Continues To Shoot Self In Foot: Blocks More Browsers

from the lemme-explain-how-the-internet-works... dept

Hulu, at the behest of its corporate masters, continues to shoot itself in the foot and make it an increasingly less useful platform. Last year, Hulu got a lot of attention for blocking Boxee, a specialized browser to show internet video on a computer-connected television. Hulu was apologetic about it, but admitted that it was pressured to do this by its owners (though, NBC boss Jeff Zucker appears to have lied to Congress about NBC's role in this). However, it didn't stop there. Hulu, it seems, is hellbent on trying to block any browser it doesn't like from showing its content. It's blocked the PS3's browser and mobile browsers as well.

The latest is that it wasted almost no time before blocking the new Kylo browser from Hillcrest labs that, like Boxee, was designed to better format the content for television.

This is typical short-sighted thinking from the likes of NBC bosses who are bizarrely afraid that people might watch authorized television shows on their television. Of course, the real fear is that if people start doing this, the cable and satellite companies might start losing business, meaning that they'll pay a lot less to NBC to carry their shows. This is such typical thinking from NBC execs, who seem to go out of their way to pretend that they can hold people back from doing what they want, because it doesn't agree with NBC's increasingly obsolete business model. So instead of letting people watch authorized content, with very high paying advertising, they're instead driving people to get the content through unauthorized means. It's bizarre that anyone could think this is a smart idea -- but, then again, we're talking about NBC management here. They think that downloading movies is hurting the American corn farmer... so logic has never really been a strong suit.

Filed Under: browsers, kylo, tv, video
Companies: boxee, hillcrest labs, hulu, nbc


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  1. icon
    Hephaestus (profile), 24 Mar 2010 @ 6:46am

    Re: Suprise Comcast now will own NBC

    Lyle ... CableVision bought Newsday, not a smart move. Comcast is buying NBC, this is also not a smart move. Buying any media company at this point in history is a losing proposition. Newspapers, record labels, TV studios, and movie studios are all either failing or going to fail over the next 10-15 years. They all show the same precursors to failure, the inability to adapt, dropping profits, reduction in quantity of produced goods, lack of cost saving measures, greatly increased external competition, efficiencies being adapted by external competitors and not them, new technologies making what they do widely and cheaply available to anyone, competition from other sources, etc. Any single one of these has historically caused the collapse of an entire market. Now you have all of these causes of market collapse happening in the media distribution industries ... it doesnt bode well for them.

    "This is a synergy of the merger." I think you meant "the" not "a"

    For a short period perhaps there will be a synergy, until NBC's profits begin dropping. Then they will become a company Comcast will try very hard to sell off.

    This reminds me of the EMI purchase a couple years ago. I think we know how that is working out ...

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