updated 11:50 am EDT, Mon October 18, 2010
Google TV users skirt Hulu block with web tweak
Buyers of Google TV devices shipping early have discovered that Hulu's block on the platform is easily defeated in its current state. Changing the web browser's user agent string from the default to "generic" tricks the TV site into letting it pass through. The option may need to be switched back, GadgetWhore noted, since some sites might not work if they can't detect Android.
So far, the workaround is known to work with at least Sony's Internet TV line and should work with the Logitech Revue.
The possibility exists that Hulu may find a more advanced way to filter out Google TV users. Google itself has been negotiating for official support, but it may have to use the $10 Hulu Plus subscription instead. Hulu has made a repeated point of banning TV-oriented apps from accessing the free service as it doesn't make enough revenue from ads on the free site to make up for cord cutters that use Hulu to scale back or drop their regular TV.