Hulu kills Boxee support… again

Posted on March 8, 2009. Filed under: Tech News | Tags: , , |

By Brad Linder,


Well that certainly didn’t last long. This morning media center application Boxee launched a new build that has an integrated RSS reader that lets you watch online videos tied to an RSS feed. In other words, you can subscribe to RSS feeds for sites like YouTube, Google Video, and Hulu. You know, the site that asked Boxee to stop serving up its videos a few weeks ago.

The Boxee team figured that since the new build didn’t mess with Hulu’s service in any way, but simply used the publicly available RSS feeds to pull in videos just as you would if you were using a web browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer, that all would be kosher. Apparently they were wrong. Hulu today blocked access to Boxee’s browser.

The move shouldn’t be surprising. If the content owners that provide TV shows and films to Hulu didn’t want Boxee serving up its videos in February, they don’t want it doing so today either. Ultimately this means that Hulu’s backers don’t want to make it easy to watch the internet videos hosted on the site on your television. They’d rather you watch them the old fashioned way. You know, on your DVR while zapping past the commercials with your remote control.

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