hulu hack

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  1. ilmar72

    ilmar72 Well-Known Member

    Cant someone come up with a hack that gets hulu on our devices? Theres gotta be a way to trick hulu into thinking your a PC with IE or something.

  2. ryanbump

    ryanbump Member

    Go to your browser, type in "about:debug" (no quotes) and hit go. It will look like nothing happened, but then hit menu--> more--> settings and scroll all the way to the bottom click on UAString and change it to Desktop.

    Then go to and it should work!

    EDIT: This worked the last time i tried it, but now when i try to play a video it says "video is not availabe at this site". Don't know if it will be the same for you, but i felt i should warn you.
  3. inssane

    inssane Well-Known Member

    Yes - you should search for it, there are topics on it.

    If you use XScope or Dolphin HD you can skip the debug part.
    Just emulate as desktop
    Run the site
    And enjoy

    I made a thread on Hulu for XScope if you want to look for it. It's good practice ;)
  4. mrjerryk

    mrjerryk Well-Known Member

    I thought Hulu already blocked this method.
  5. kratos

    kratos Back on my throne!!! VIP Member

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that HULU is blocking Verizon's IP addresses and not the user agent. I mean, that's what I do with my website. Well, I don't block VERIZON'S IP addresses, but I do block IP address for trouble users. I also have a blacklist of IP's that are known to have hackers and trouble users on them.

  6. ryanbump

    ryanbump Member

    Ya thats why i edited my post. I am pretty sure thats why that message saying "video not availabe" comes up. Its there way of blocking us without actually blocking access to the site.
  7. ilmar72

    ilmar72 Well-Known Member

    I thought all of the above were already blocked. It worked on dolphin the other day and now mo mpre. Also couldn't get it to go on xscope. Correct me if you right now can get it to work.
  8. jfe

    jfe Well-Known Member

    If it's blocking Verizon IP addresses, that must be for 3G, how about WIFI? Couldn't you use a VPN to mask your IP?
  9. ilmar72

    ilmar72 Well-Known Member

    Won't work on dolphin or xscope for me even on. Wifi. Insanne. Is it still working for u ?
  10. kratos

    kratos Back on my throne!!! VIP Member

    Yea, see I never even thought about the WIFI. I'm not sure a VPN would work like that, however a proxy definitely will work like that. I have most of the more commonly known proxies blocked just because a lot of hackers like to use proxies.

    But anyways, in reference to Hulu, They probably are blocking on a different level than IP addresses. There has to be something in the packets being sent that is still identifying that we are using mobile devices and that must be the level they are blocking on. I wonder if each packet still identifies our OS as Android (or even any type of OS like for iPhone and iTouch) even if we change our user agent for the browser. I don't know enough about the Android system or the different browsers to be able to tell you if the OS is mocked along with the browser when we change our user agent.

  11. caustic

    caustic Well-Known Member

    There's still something that tells it that it's a mobile, even if it's set to desktop mode. When I visit google, it displays the mobile version of google, even if I have it set to desktop. I wonder how it knows?
  12. kratos

    kratos Back on my throne!!! VIP Member

    Well, I know that each packet that is sent has information about your browser, add-ons, Os, etc. The only thing that I can think of is that when you change your user agent to desktop, it changes what the packet includes as far as what type of browser you are using. however, I'm thinking that it doesn't change what type of OS you are running and therefore, each packet is telling the website that you are running a desktop browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc), but still tells the website that you are on an Android system.

    That is the only thing i can think of.

  13. SAFE_2006

    SAFE_2006 Active Member

    Does this work on non rooted phones?
  14. riffdex

    riffdex Well-Known Member

    Interesting. So what changes if I were to pick iPhone mode?
    And if you type "about:debug", do these settings stay available in your browser or will it reset and make me type that again sometime?
  15. dmodert66

    dmodert66 Well-Known Member

    The settings only stay for the current session IIRC (I haven't tried in a while, as I don't care about Hulu anymore personally). I haven't tried to see what iPhone does...

    @ SAFE - No, it will not work on a non rooted phone (for now), because Hulu requires Flash, and Flash is only available on 2.2...
  16. riffdex

    riffdex Well-Known Member

    he meant does about:debug work on nonrooted phones i think. because flash OBVIOUSLY is only available on rooted droids atm >.
  17. Thumper

    Thumper Active Member

    No one else said they tried it on WiFi, so I just did. Non Rooted (need more time to learn before leaping) DROID, using Skyfire browser and still blocked. Tried using iPhone setting as well as Desktop, does not work.

    Now, Skyfire actually has a note about how Hulu is blocking THEM, which means, as someone else mentioned, they are packet blocking based on BROWSER. So, if your browser is anything other than desktop browsers like IE, Firefox, Chrome, ect, it will be blocked as mobile.

    Now, Froyo is supposed to include Flash 10 which is what Hulu requires, so, at that point this month when Froyo is pushed out hopefully this will be corrected.

    In the meantime, I suggest we all write rather angry emails to Hulu as there really is no cause I can think of to block mobile access to their site.
  18. djg08642

    djg08642 Member

    The cause is licensing issues.
  19. Thumper

    Thumper Active Member

    Could you explain? How is watching a TV program on my Android while I wait for a plane at the airport ANY different from me unpacking my laptop in the same situation? One is blocked and the other is not. What licensing is there?

    Heck, I wonder if their packet sniffing is that advanced. I bet I could tether my DROID to my laptop and watch Hulu programs that way. And I would at an airport without free WiFi. Again, the service is available on other devices and blocked on this one.

    I am not saying somewhere in the licensing Hulu uses to get the programs there is not some buried section banning streaming to mobile phones. It's a contract, and anything is possible that the bound parties wish to agree to. That does not mean it makes sense or precludes consumers from voicing their frustration at having their expensive devices rendered less useful.
  20. djg08642

    djg08642 Member

    Hulu Unlikely to Run on Google TV

    It is possible to tether and watch Hulu via your laptop. I use Barnacle Wifi Tether and watch Hulu occasionally at work. Can't run it for too long. Watching a 45 minute TV show uses about 200MB of data. It's bound to tip off the Big Red gods at some point.
  21. dmodert66

    dmodert66 Well-Known Member

    The real reason? Hulu is going to come out with an app. Today (or yesterday), they mentioned putting it on iPhone and iPad. In another story from a few weeks ago, IIRC they said they where working on an Android client. From what I remember reading, Client will be free and so will content from current recently aired showes (like the last episode or 2). Older episodes and movies will require a $9.99 a month subscription. IMO it's a money making thing, but it could also be part of their agreement with the studios I suppose...

    Apple/Hulu Info :

    I'll try to dig up the one I saw for Android...

    I could have sworn I read an entire article, but I guess the article was based on this :
  22. Thumper

    Thumper Active Member

    Interesting, especially considering the hatred Jobs has been lavishing on Flash.

    Steve Jobs: Flash Is No Longer Necessary

    Why in the WORLD would Hulu be ported to the iPad after his tirade? They would have to design a new interface to appease the almighty Jobs.

    And PAY for it? Challenge to Netflix?? Hulu?? Are they insane? They better do a major revamp and find some more content if they want money for what they offer.

    Like I said, the licensing BS is not a surprise, that still doesn't mean it makes LOGICAL sense. It's stupid, and it's wrong.
  23. kratos

    kratos Back on my throne!!! VIP Member

    I have a hard time believing that they are trying to compete with Netflix. Though Netflix has TV shows and Hulu has some movies, Netflix specializes in DVD's by mail and Hulu specializes in TV online. Yea Netflix does stream some content, but they have way more movies than they do streaming content.

    I think that Hulu is charging for older episodes to try to keep themselves in the black and out of the red. They offer all these TV episodes (and even some movies, I believe) for free (granted they do have commercials and ads), but still have to pay licensing fees, buy bandwidth and servers, and pay the people who keep the site running. Yea, there may be some competition, but it is almost non-existent.

    Besides, IMO (again, In My Opinion), Netflix is better than Hulu with streaming content anyways. Netflix has streaming movies and TV shows without commercials. I would be willing to bet that Hulu will still have commercials, even for those who pay the $9.99 monthly subscription fee.

    Anyways, if they chose to block mobile devices, that is their choice. There is not a whole lot any of us can do about it. Angry letters and emails will simply be thrown away or deleted. Threatening letters and emails will probably be turned over to law enforcement.

    My point is, Hulu is choosing to block mobile devices. This is evident because they have gone out of their way to do so. Therefore, no one is going to change their minds about it. If an app does come out, use it. If you want to watch older shows, pay the ten bucks. But I just don't see any point in sending angry letters or email to them.

    As far as competition with Netflix, there really isn't much. Both companies specialize in different aspects of entertainment and therefore there is little to no competition.

  24. Thumper

    Thumper Active Member

    Perhaps, the first couple hundred or so. By the second thousand they may start to notice....and when the first million roll in someone will be put in charge of the issue.

    Huh? Who said anything about threatening? Other than threatening to boycott their service which I don't think is a federal offense......yet.

    Wow, such apathy. Hulu is a business.....they EXIST to serve customers. Currently their "service" is free to desktop users but only because of the ads in the shows. Those are placed by advertisers, no different than first-run TV. Advertisers pay Hulu's bills, they do so to be able to get their product ads out to us. Now, how much do you think a company would pay to advertise on a stream that no one is watching?

    The consumer has more power than you think. That is, unless the consumer acts like Eeyore. ;) Companies SERVE us, without consumers they have no purpose and no money.
  25. riffdex

    riffdex Well-Known Member

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