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It looks like Hulu closed the loop hole that allowed for the change of the UA string. They seem to be detecting the OS within the Flash Player. The method described below no longer works. The Android development community will have to come up with a way to get it to work again.
I just picked up the new Sony Blu Ray Internet TV Player(AKA Google TV) yesterday and set it up. The only negative thing that i found so far is that for most set-ups, you are going to need an AV receiver. My cable company has a DV port,so the DVI to HDMI cable does not transmit the audio. I’ll get into my full review of the system later. You came here for the Hulu information.
Hulu.com is initially blocked when you browse to the website via the Chome app. It pops up a message that Hulu is working with Google to bring Hulu Plus to the system. I was a bit pissed that it didn’t work, but i guess these media companies have to make money. It does make sense that they want to charge for a good product, but i’m getting used to getting stuff for free. Does Google offer us any ways to get around the fact that Hulu blocked us? They sure do…a simple 5 second workaround. With the Chrome browser app open, click down on the optical mouse/directional pad to bring up the browser menu. You will have to scroll across to where it says “More”. Click on “More” and scroll down to “Advanced” and select “Generic” as your User Agent. That’s it!!! Hulu no longer knows that you are browsing from Google TV. You may have to switch it back to default when you are done watching Hulu.
Chances are that Hulu will block this in the future or Google may remove the functionality when they come to terms on a Hulu Plus deal with Hulu. Enjoy it while it is available, but you can access Hulu on GoogleTv (Google TV) for now.
I included a little photo tutorial below. Forgive the image quality. The pictures were taken with my phone.
The Hulu service is initially not available on Sony’s Internet TV powered by Google.
To get Hulu working, open the Chrome Browser App in the Applications section.
Once open, hit the key that the green arrow above is pointing to. That pops up
the menu items.
To the far left, you will see one titled “More”. Click on it.
Click on the “Settings” menu.
Scroll down to “Advanced” to change the User Agent.
Click on “Mode”
Deselect Default and select “Generic”. That’s all you have to do. You can also enter a Custom UA if you want to, but Hulu worked without it. It didn’t even require a reboot as indicated. When you are done, just switch it back to default and you are ready to move on.
That was a quick and easy way to get Hulu.com’s Hulu service working on your Sony Internet TV/Google TV.
It only takes a few seconds to unblock the service from your Android based device.