Hulu Releases Remote Control Experience, Blocks VPN Services
Article by George Norman
On 28 Apr 2014
Good news and bad news from movie streaming site Hulu.

The good news: remote control experience for Hulu Plus; use your iPhone or Android as a remote.
The bad news: Hulu started blocking VPN services as part of an effort to block foreigners who want to access the movie streaming service.


Good news from on-demand movie streaming site Hulu: you can now use your iPhone or your Android-powered smartphone as a remote. Hulu recently announced that it rolled out remote control functionality for Hulu Plus. Launch the Hulu Plus app on your iPhone or Android, wait for your gaming console to be detected automatically, use the “cast” button to pair your mobile device, and start using your mobile as a remote.

“We are pleased to announce the first release of the remote control experience for Hulu Plus, a new function that allows you to use your mobile phone or tablet to control the Hulu Plus experience on your living room device,” said Mitch Walker, Senior Development Lead at Hulu. “Expanding on the great Chromecast support we successfully launched last year, remote control functionality for Hulu Plus brings that same awesome experience to your living room through the Hulu Plus app on your Xbox One, PlayStation 3 (PS3) or PlayStation 4 (PS4) systems,” Walker added.

Bad news from on-demand movie streaming site Hulu: IP addresses associated with popular VPN services are being blocked. Hulu is available to US residents alone and VPN services can be used to hide the user’s real location and thus allow him to sneak into Hulu. By blocking VPN services, Hulu aims to keep foreigners out – it aims to thwart those who would use a VPN to hide their real location and thus have access to Hulu services. That’s great for Hulu, not so great for US viewers who have to turn off their VPN and stop surfing the web anonymously, just to watch something on Hulu.

Tags: Hulu, iOS, Android, remote, Hulu Plus, VPN
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