Hulu.com - No Video Love For Linux Users(even paying ones); Modern Technology Fail!



(UPDATE 2-13-2016) - Hulu now working on Google Chrome browser again! Hulu folks - for us Linux users, please test before breaking Hulu on Linux in the future. Thanks for looking out.

Self-driving cars, the international space station, major stock markets, bullet trains, top supercomputers, billions of smart phones, animated movies, science, education, entire citties, and even the very Internet that we rely on for information and connectivity everyday. These are just a few of the amazing things that are brought to us thanks to the power of the GNU/Linux operating system!!

So why is it that hulu.com wouldn't test to ensure us GNU/Linux desktop users weren't blocked by their latest DRM/video-rendering update? C'mon hulu.com, I'm a paying customer - and hulu.com used to work just fine for me on my Ubuntu GNU/Linux systems.

Now when I try to view hulu.com, I'm presented with this problem and can't watch the videos at all:




To hulu.com's credit, it's not all their fault.. Adobe's flash sucks (especially in terms of Linux support), and Hollywood's endless push for Digital Rights Management technology makes it a miracle that any video content can be viewed online at all. That said, this is unacceptable for paying customers hulu!

There's an answer to this problem.. Netflix.com has already found it. Use open standards and HTML5 to deliver your content instead! Drop those arcane technologies that bind themselves to old technologies and lock-in systems.

So this is a callout to hulu.com - Please fix your site to work with Linux again. Thanks.

Update 10/16/2015: Thanks to the luanchpad.net PPA from  
Michael Blennerhassett, you can install the hal package then use Mozilla Firefox to view hulu.com. To enable the hal package, run these commands, then open hulu.com in Firefox to watch:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install hal

Related linuxforums.com link


9/16/2015


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