Hulu rep. responds to my HTML5 inquiry

Discussion in 'iPad' started by aaquib, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. aaquib macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    Just thought I'd post this here in case there was any interest

  2. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    I was expecting a bit of a stock response: it was, but it was better than I'd thought it would be. Could mean a lot, could mean nothing, but it sounds promising.
  3. IronLogik macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009
    I think it means we won't see native browser support for Hulu because it doesn't have the DRM protection crap you'll find in Flash.

    HTML5 won't tell them of playback glitches, it won't let them know you watched a commercial, and it doesn't properly prevent you from copying the video.

    That isn't to say that they won't have an actual iPad application that does this however. Just don't expect to see HTML 5 support in the main web version of the site.

    It makes sense. Hulu is after all one company that was formed from (3?) big content publishers (nbc, fox, and abc i believe it was). Their sole purpose in life is to make them happy. Can't do that if commercials aren't being viewed and they can't make money on it.

    I think if they did it right people wouldn't be so inclined to copy the material. but meh. that's what i get for thinking people can be honest.
  4. Akash.B macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2010
    Couldn't they develop and implement security protocols and such into HTML5? Isn't that why HTML5 exists in the first place? To be more usable and diverse than previous iterations?
  5. IronLogik macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009
    the video tag allows for content to be played in the browser without any plugins. it just works.

    so, not that i'm aware of.
  6. str1f3 macrumors 68000

    Aug 24, 2008
    There could be an iPad specific version like what is rumored from CBS. Since Safari can't download anything on iDevices, it should be less of a concern.

    This copy protection nonsense is just a placebo anyway. Anyone who wants to steal content can do so at any time they please. With or without DRM protection.
  7. wingnut8 macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2007
  8. Akash.B macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2010
    I'm guessing that Hulu is deciding on how to approach the iPad. If they let content flow through the browser, many iPod touch and iPhone owners would object to be let in on the treat as well. Who knows, let's wait and find out.
  9. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    100% correct. It's the digital content folks version of the children. "We have to do X to protect the children!" We have to protect the content from people watching hulu! Oh, ignore all those other avenues that you can use, nothing to see there.
  10. Alchematron macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii
  11. ciaran00 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Obviously you've never heard of Downloader or YourTube. We can download stuff just fine - it's a hole for content providers, if they'd like it protected.
  12. pooryou macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007

    Agreed. In other words, OP, if you were really wanting to know about iPad support you unfortunately asked the wrong question....

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