Hulu Blocks Hillcrest Again
5:45 PM -- Well, that didn't take long. Just two days after Hillcrest Labs released a new version of Kylo, its TV-optimized Web browser, that enabled access to Hulu LLC videos, it appears the Web video hub has stepped in again to block access to its streaming TV content. (See Hillcrest Creates Hulu Workaround for TV Browser and Tricking Hulu .)
Users discovered today that when they adjust Kylo's compatibility settings to view Hulu, the videos play for about half a minute before the stream is shut down abruptly, followed by the posting of this unhelpful message:
The first time, Hulu confirmed to Hillcrest that it was blocking Kylo but never officially said so to the outside world. (See Hillcrest: Hulu
May Be Is Blocking 'Kylo' TV Browser.)
Hillcrest took the latest Hulu block in stride.
"Our hope is that a respectful dialog with Hulu will encourage them to consider changing their policies, especially since consumers can use other Web browsers like Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox to watch Hulu on TV," Hillcrest founder and CEO Dan Simpkins said, in a statement. "Fortunately, the major TV network shows are available directly from the networks' individual websites, and those sites are compatible with Kylo."
He added that Hillcrest views Kylo as "simply a Web browser" with a "specialized UI (user interface) that includes larger controls," and is based on open-source Mozilla code. "We believe consumers should be able to use the Kylo browser to visit any site on the Web on the display screen of their choice," he added.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable