July 15, 2009 // 9:42 pm
- Nearly three weeks ago it was reported
that PS3 users who tried to access Hulu received a "This Video is Not Available on Your Platform" error message.
Since then, there have been rumors
on why it's blocked, a Hulu on PS3 Workaround
, and even Sony's Director commented
that "Hulu's not working right now and I'm not really sure why."
Today G4TV (linked above) is reporting that the PlayStation 3 problem appears to be linked to a legal issue with a Hulu content provider.
To quote: "Everything we do is with an eye toward achieving our long-term goal of maximizing the content you can access as conveniently as possible in a way that 'works' for the content owner," reads the response I received from customer service.
"In the short-term that may require us to make some tough decisions, but we only do so when we believe it improves our long-term prospects to build a more enduring, legal solution to that same problem."
"Distribution availability across platforms -- theaters vs. TV vs. recorded media like DVDs vs. online streaming vs. mobile phones -- was always implicitly or explicitly controlled in that world."
"But a few factors have made the barriers between those platforms more permeable: the rise of the web, increased broadband availability, the ease of digitizing video, and the increase in the computing power of devices like gaming consoles, set-top boxes, and mobile phones."
"However, in the near-term," says Hulu, "the windowing strategy is still dominant in the business. Billions of dollars flow in across these different windows, and entire companies are organized around them. Nothing productive comes from flouting that reality (except to law firms who work on the occasional lawsuit)."
"We hear your frustration, and solving it remains our full-time job," concludes the note from Hulu.