Hulu pulls the plug on third-party providers

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the February 24th, 2009

Hulu.com, the website that provides legal, full-length TV shows, movies and other video content on demand, today updated their APIs, so that third-party developers like Boxee, Re-Quest and others can no longer use Hulu’s video content in their products. 

They (Hulu) explained that studios (i.e. content providers) requested that step to be taken, “and we are respecting their wishes”, said Hulu CEO Jason Kilar.

This action will affect a great number of developers who were creating Hulu plug-ins for different Media Center solutions out there. It’s very sad.

CE Pro thinks that the cable companies could be behind all this, since they remain the major profit-generating channel for TV studios these days. And cable doesn’t really want to lose their share of the pie to free (or low cost) Internet services. According to some sources, cable companies are working towards launching their own Internet TV services in the very near future.

Sources: CE Pro, Engadget HD

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