March 22, 2010
| by Julie Jacobson
Just a few hours after Hillcrest Labs released its Kylo Web browser for the TV, Hulu appears to have pulled its content from the app.
We reported earlier about the new service, which lets users browse the Web from the couch, using a TV-friendly browser that lets users zoom, pan, and perform other functions using any common USB HID device.
As we mentioned previously, Kylo’s home page directs users to the main Web site of several streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix. It does not take you to some special made-for-TV interface.
At release, Hulu worked fine with Kylo. Now it does not.
Hillcrest CEO Dan Simpkins just released this statement:
“We are currently investigating why Hulu videos are not playing within the Kylo browser. Prior to our formal launch, Hulu videos would play within the Kylo browser. Like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari, the Kylo browser is simply a Web browser, it’s our sincere hope that Hulu isn’t restricting access.”
We hope so too.
It’s the same thing Boxee has maintained since Hulu famously shut off Boxee.
Boxee CEO Avner Ronen said recently:
I’d like to set the record straight regarding Boxee’s access to Hulu. Boxee uses a web browser to access Hulu’s content – just like Firefox or Internet Explorer. Boxee users click on a link to Hulu’s website and the video within that page plays. We don’t “take” the video. We don’t copy it. We don’t put ads on top of it. The video and the ads play like they do on other browsers or on Hulu Desktop. And it certainly is legal to do so. …
The company also has threatened providers of other TV-oriented interfaces that won’t pay up to link to Hulu.com.
Meanwhile, makers of expensive niche media servers such as Crestron (ADMS) and Request (IMC) still let users access Hulu through their platforms.
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.