Hulu on Google TV(Sony Internet TV) – IT WORKS!

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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.

97 Comments

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    1. Don, you appear to be associated with Ivox.tv.

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  19. It didn’t work for me. I have the 46″ model.

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  25. Hulu no longer works for me with the “Generic” user agent! It still bypasses the first alert, but now when the flash is loading another prompt pops up say your using Google Tv and won’t load the movie. I’ve tried several custom user agents with the same result. This is with a 40″ sony Google TV.

    Here’s the user agent Gonzo…
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/533.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/5.0.375.127 Large Screen Safari/533.4 GoogleTV/162671

    1. Can you add a proxy to the Google TV? (Somewhere in internet setup I’d guess) – then perhaps this trick which works for the Playstation 3 would work here

      (You route the information through a PC and change the user agent to something like Firefox)

      http://http://goo.gl/JKnb

      1. Hm, remove the extra http:// from the link.

    2. There may be other tests than user agent, but you could try this firefox one

      “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.6) Gecko/20100625 Firefox/3.6.6″

      (Remove the “‘s)

  26. this doesn’t appear to be working. have you confirmed you can actually play the video? because it tries to load, and then another message comes up in the video screen that says “We notice that you are trying to access Hulu from your Google TV. It’s not available, but we are working hard to bring our Hulu Plus subscription service to Google TV. Stay Tuned for updates.” I am logged into Hulu Plus, so does it only work with the non-Hulu Plus videos or something?

    1. I had it working all day long on Saturday and Sunday. I haven’t tried it again today. Trying to figure out a way to load application APK files now. I tried to email it GMAIL and download from there, but it won’t take. I am gonna try to hook the unit up to my computer via USB and run the Android tools sdk to manually add them to a folder.

  27. This doesn’t seem to work anymore. Even after changing the user agent and rebooting. When you start the video playing it will now say loading then display “We notice that you are trying to access Hulu from your Google TV. It’s not available, but we are working hard to bring our Hulu Plus subscription service to Google TV. Stay tuned for updates.”

    It is a sad testament to the state of Hulu’s business. Here’s a device that could possibly make free Hulu in the browser viable by delivering more eyeballs and driving up the value of their advertising space. Instead what do they do? Turn away customers who want to use their service. Someone please just put Hulu out of its misery before they waste more millions of dollars on a business they obviously have no idea how to run.

    1. Hulu is NBC’s streaming online baby… hmmm let’s see. NBC is non other than GE, the most admired and diverse company on the planet. And yes, they make a lot of terrible decisions. This being one of them, but with that kind of money, clearly they don’t care that I pay for Hulu Plus, and STILL can’t watch it on any device that I own.

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  46. Is there any way to know what the User Agent for GoogleTV is? This would make it possible view the sites that have been optimized for GoogleTV using one of the Add-ons in Firefox to view those sites using an HTPC.

    1. Sure, that’s easy enough – just visit this website in the browser:

      http://whatsmyuseragent.com/

      It will tell you what your user agent is at the top of the screen :)

      1. Can anyone with Google TV let us know?

        1. Just tried this and it seems they found a way to block this trick already

        2. I was able to access Hulu via my Google TV this morning after changing the settings. Now I can’t.

        3. I think this may be blocked now. We just did the agent change and we still get the error message, but it appears later. Before the agent change we got the error message from hulu a few times, but could click past it. After the change we didn’t receive any messages until a show was about to start. We’re interested if anyone has any other ideas.

          1. Mikey,

            Yes, this no longer works with the Google Tv.

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  50. Good to hear this works, I expected it would.

    Next, could you see if its possible to sideload Android programs even though the market isn’t up?

    First you need an Android program (you could go to get jar and get Angry Birds for the Android).

    Save the “apk” file to your harddrive.

    Email it to yourself as an attachment.

    Check the email on the Google TV, see if you can click on the attachment and if the Google TV will ask you if it should install it.

    If that works it means people can start installing apps already now and don’t have to wait for the market to open next year.

    1. Good idea…i will try it later today.

    2. Did not work for me! Continue to get the message….

    3. I tried loading an apk file using gmail, but it says that no application can open the file.

      1. Bummer.

        Was this via gmail in a browser or a standalone app? There could be a difference.

        1. I emailed the app to my gmail account and attempted to open in within the Chrome Browser app.

          I was also trying to load it directly into the unit by plugging it into my computer and using the Android SDK, but i can’t find a USB cable that is compatible. I was hoping to browse the files and just drop it in, but that most likely wouldn’t work either.

          1. This day really sucks ! Failure across the board. I really don’t see a reason to have Google TV now. It is going to be great when they give us access to the APP Store, but now it doesn’t do much.

          2. There isn’t a gmail app? On the phones there is a separate app to check the mail – it may work differently than opening gmail in the browser.

            And regarding Hulu, you were mentioned on Engadget and in Tech News Today – so no suprise if the people at Hulu heard about it ;-)

        2. Google TV doesn’t offer a gmail app currently.

          1. Ah sorry, posted before I read this.

            Oh well. Thanks for researching on behalf of us all :)

            Are there any filemanagers included?

            Putting an apk on a USB stick doesn’t work either i guess?

          2. Thanks NETFLUNK…No file managers are included in the Sony TV version…maybe the Logitech version has one. I’m still gonna try to play around with the system a little more.

          3. Pretty disappointing real-world debut from most of the accounts I have seen. User-Agent was my first thought on this. May have a solution, but no idea how to implement it. Has anyone tried hooking a Google TV box up to a monitor and tried reaching Hulu?

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