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Hulu (CBS,ESPN and You Tube on HR20) Now

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dvrblogger, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    I have the PlayOn program running on Server 2008 and it’s working on my HR20’s running the latest CE. I am able to play every YouTube video I’ve tried. An old Star Trek episode on CBS played until the first commercial break. I did notice that was getting a “stutter” every 3 seconds, so I paused it for a few minutes and that seemed to solve the problem. This tells me I have a download speed issue but that the server is buffering.
  2. ansky

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    I have an S-Video cable running from my laptop to my TV. I watch programs on Hulu and other sites all the time with no problems. No additional software required.
  3. bgottschalk

    bgottschalk Icon

    Aug 30, 2007
    Just installed it.

    Pretty cool. I have to wonder though - I've never tried to play Hulu videos / RSS feeds through TVersity. I'm assuming they would work?

    If so, then is the main advantage of PlayOn that it already has all the content there - no need to add it?
  4. dvrblogger

    dvrblogger Icon

    Jan 11, 2005
    since yesterday Sept 10 Hulu video stopped playing on my xbox and Hr20. I assume Hulu is blocking this or there was a problem with their web site. anyone able to play Hulu files ?
  5. boilerjt

    boilerjt Icon

    Jan 11, 2007
    I am wondering if this company has agreements with the content providers to provide links to their videos? If not, this application won't be around for very long...

    From the Hulu TOS (Section 3):

    With respect to Hulu's video player, you must not modify, enhance, or otherwise alter in any way any portion of the video player or its underlying technology. This restriction includes disabling or otherwise modifying the video service in a manner that enables users to view the Content without using the Hulu video player.

    Also from the TOS:

    More specifically, you agree not to use the Hulu Services in a way that: uses technology or other means to access the Hulu Services that is not authorized by Hulu (including disabling or circumventing any mechanisms for preventing the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of the Hulu Services);
  6. heathramos

    heathramos Legend

    Dec 19, 2005
    well...hulu was working using my ps3 for awhile but now it doesn't.

    I wonder what is wrong.

    I am able to view CBS and YouTube video
  7. Radio Enginerd

    Radio Enginerd Active Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    Can you stream Internet Radio with it?
  8. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I would guess it's the terms of service for Hulu as posted earlier: No one is allowed to distribute Hulu video but Hulu, so PlayOn seems to be violating those terms. It could be that Hulu blocked them either technically or legally ...
  9. Bushwacr

    Bushwacr Legend

    Oct 31, 2007
    Well the Hulu site has a distribution agreement available and welcomes websites to stream their content with their embedded player. So it is available per Hulu.

    The MediaMall website states what they are doing is legal and it's an API problem.

    And I can't imagine MediaMall (AMD) being willing to take on Hulu (GE) in court.

    Play on is a Beta ........ give it time.
  10. boilerjt

    boilerjt Icon

    Jan 11, 2007
    The PlayOn software is not using the Hulu embedded player, so Hulu could lose some control over the content. I would assume there is some agreement in place between the two companies, but I've seen so many times, especially with digital content, that the "legal" issue is taken to court. I would like to see this succeed and offer a lot of new content for the HR2x :)
  11. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I tried it but all of the hulu videos say "unable to connect" :(
  12. ToddinVA

    ToddinVA Godfather

    Mar 5, 2006
    I got it working with my XBOX 360, but what do you have to do to get it to work with the HR20? Mine doesn't see it...
  13. Bushwacr

    Bushwacr Legend

    Oct 31, 2007
    According to the Hulu support they expect to release patches shortly (few days) to fix the Hulu problem.

    I assume everyone can get CBS and Youtube to work.
  14. Bushwacr

    Bushwacr Legend

    Oct 31, 2007
    I prefer to assume the agreement is in place too rather than the poster's you're guilty of violating TOS accusation. I doubt MediaMall could do this without Hulu's support and help.

    I'm guessing the player is "embedded" in the PlayOn/Active TV software itself.

    Yep I agree content choice is good. Especially for $30. I was enjoying Airwolf and Adamms Family Thursday. So I switched to CBS and watched the old Palladin series.
  15. Technik

    Technik New Member

    May 9, 2007
    I am one of many beta testers and this is TheMediamall's position on the Hulu issues, both TOS and reliability-

    Hulu is OK with third parties distributing their videos. In fact, it is a
    key part of their strategy, and they enable
    any third party to embed Hulu videos into their web pages or applications.
    Furtnermore, PlayOn does use the Hulu Player
    to bring the videos to our supported devices.

    That said, there are some technical differences involved in bringing it to
    a TV display, versus a PC monitor display.
    Changes to Hulu's site can cause incompatibilities which temporarily break
    PlayOn, and we are optimizing that as part of
    the beta process. We do hope to work more officially with Hulu in the
    near future, so that these changes can be
    communicated to us in advance so that we can handle them more gracefully
    once we have made the product generally
  16. boxster99t

    boxster99t AllStar

    Mar 9, 2008
    My sentiments exactly, or that Apple would charge a reasonable monthly fee (say $12 per month, comensurate to what a premium channel costs thru Directv) to rent/watch unlimited TV episodes from iTunes and I would buy an AppleTv and be done with it!!!! :D
  17. Technik

    Technik New Member

    May 9, 2007
    I have been using PlayOn for a few weeks now and except for the HULU issues, it works great. The problem I am having is that when I am done with PlayOn and go back to D* programming the HR20 audio is pitched down and distorted as if the sample rate was changed by PlayOn and the HR20 cannot recover. A RBR fixes it.
    Has anyone else had this happpen?
  18. Bushwacr

    Bushwacr Legend

    Oct 31, 2007
    There is a new version put up today; hopefully it will deal with the Hulu issues. I'll know in 5 minutes.
  19. Bushwacr

    Bushwacr Legend

    Oct 31, 2007
    Yep, it works so far. Version is 3181.
  20. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD

    I just asked my Playon to check for an update and it says I have the latest.


    What is 3181?

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