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Hulu not playing nicely with RIM PlayBook

PlayBook users are now unable to directly access streaming content from Hulu, but an unofficial workaround may be in place.

Current early adopters of the BlackBerry PlayBook are getting the boot when attempting to access the popular U.S. on-demand streaming site Hulu.

According to CrackBerry, PlayBook owners attempting to access are now greeted by an unfortunate popup window with this message: “Right now this device is not supported.Electronista claims Hulu will need a separate license with RIM in order to legally provide the streaming service to the BlackBerry tablet.

Those lucky enough to possess the PlayBook prior to its April 19th launch date, however, were able to access Hulu just fine. Consequently, there is a high chance that Hulu will officially support the PlayBook somewhere down the line, especially since the tablet is equipped with Adobe Flash 10 capabilities right out of the box. A Hulu app with additional options and functionalities is entirely possible as well.

Of course, a number of users are already hard at work on circumventing Hulu’s sudden denial of service. CrackBerry members are claiming that proxies and spoofs are ineffective, but Electronista says e-mailing a direct link to oneself and opening it with the PlayBook is the current feasible solution.

The RIM PlayBook with Android Honeycomb is now available for $499 and up. Unfortunately, some tough reviews at launch could be marring the tablet’s first impressions to the public.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)