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    Default Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Clearly the Chromecast is NOT a mobile device, since it has to be plugged into the back of a TV.
    Unless people have started walking around with 50" LCT TVs.

    I'm just wondering if today's update allows the Chromecast to stream shows that Hulu Plus blocked
    for mobile devices(phones, tablets). I'm talking about the shows that are restricted for playback
    on PC and laptops only.

    While the Hulu Plus still needs to be controlled from a mobile device, I sure hope that it makes an
    exception for streaming via the Chromecast.

    I'm on a business trip to LA and HNL right now and won't be home until next week, so I can't try
    it out yet.

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Do those restrictions apply to the AppleTV or Roku?
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by HybridCat View Post
    Clearly the Chromecast is NOT a mobile device, since it has to be plugged into the back of a TV.
    Unless people have started walking around with 50" LCT TVs.

    I'm just wondering if today's update allows the Chromecast to stream shows that Hulu Plus blocked
    for mobile devices(phones, tablets). I'm talking about the shows that are restricted for playback
    on PC and laptops only.

    While the Hulu Plus still needs to be controlled from a mobile device, I sure hope that it makes an
    exception for streaming via the Chromecast.

    I'm on a business trip to LA and HNL right now and won't be home until next week, so I can't try
    it out yet.

    Thanks!
    Just a guess, but I'm thinking mobile devices that control Chromecast will still be blocked. Haven't had a chance to check it out, but you are still using a mobile device to access Hulu.

    J
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by jstwondrng View Post
    Just a guess, but I'm thinking mobile devices that control Chromecast will still be blocked. Haven't had a chance to check it out, but you are still using a mobile device to access Hulu.

    J
    True... but I'm hoping the Hulu Plus will be smart enough to make the distinction. (yeah, I know... wishful thinking )
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Can you give an example of a restricted show?
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Doubt it. The restriction isn't strictly mobile devices. Apple TV, Roku and the PS3 also have the same restrictions. So basically it's more like a "non-PC device" restriction.

    @fabiosan, Haven't run into any lately but I think 30 Rock and Chuck were restricted to PCs only. But honestly I think I haven't run into any because I don't use Hulu on PC much anymore, so I don't even see the extra shows available.
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by HybridCat View Post
    True... but I'm hoping the Hulu Plus will be smart enough to make the distinction. (yeah, I know... wishful thinking )
    Oh no doubt... I'd like to see the same functionality. Actually, like a few other members here, I'm waiting for the Chrome browser on tablets to support Chromecast(ing).

    J
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by jstwondrng View Post
    Oh no doubt... I'd like to see the same functionality. Actually, like a few other members here, I'm waiting for the Chrome browser on tablets to support Chromecast(ing).

    J
    My co-worker just tested it. The answer, unfortunately, is NO. Videos that play fine on the PC cannot be streamed on mobile device via Chromecast. I guess Hulu doesn't have the rights to do so.
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by HybridCat View Post
    My co-worker just tested it. The answer, unfortunately, is NO. Videos that play fine on the PC cannot be streamed on mobile device via Chromecast. I guess Hulu doesn't have the rights to do so.
    Yeah, figured as much

    J
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    At least you could still cast the Tab right?
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    What shows are restricted?

    I have yet to have a problem with my hulu+ account restricting me.

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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Legobricke View Post
    What shows are restricted?

    I have yet to have a problem with my hulu+ account restricting me.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
    Example: "Project Runway" and "Modern Marvels"

    They can't be found from the Hulu Android app on smartphone or tablet.

    If you log into Hulu Plus on a PC web browser, you can find these shows. It will say "We currently don't have the rights to make this show available on your TV or mobile devices — request to be notified if it becomes available in Hulu Plus." The shows can be watched on a PC.
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    Default Re: Does Hulu Plus consider the Chromecast a mobile device? Can i now watch shows restricted to PC?

    Just chiming in. This issue has nothing to do with Hulu Plus as much as the licensing agreement restrictions imposed on them.

    i.e. A & E wants more money than Hulu is willing to pay or can pay to open up licensing on those shows.

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