[mythtv-users] Boxee/Hulu?

Tom Dexter digitalaudiorock at gmail.com
Sat Feb 21 15:18:26 UTC 2009

On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 9:55 AM, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 09:52:13PM -0500, Michael T. Dean wrote:
>> On 02/20/2009 03:26 PM, Raymond Wagner wrote:
>> > Scott D. Davilla wrote:
>> >> Hulu is working again in XBMC -> http://xbmc.org/trac/ticket/5941
>> >>
>> >> That took what, 1.5 days :)
>> > Boxee was told by Hulu they were no longer allowed to access content.
>> > There is no 'hack' or update to be done.  They are violating Hulu's
>> > terms of service.
>> Agreed...  From http://www.hulu.com/terms:
>> Your Responsibilities. In order for us to keep the Hulu Services safe
>> and available for everyone to use, we all have to follow the same rules
>> of the road. In general, we need for everyone to use the Hulu Services
>> for lawful and appropriate purposes only. Your commitment to this
>> concept is critical. More specifically, you agree not to use the Hulu
>> Services in a way that:
>> ...
>> # uses technology or other means to access the Hulu Services that is not
>> authorized by Hulu (including disabling or circumventing any mechanisms
>> for preventing the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of the Hulu
>> Services);
>> # accesses the Hulu Services through any automated system, including
>> "robots," "spiders," or "offline readers" (other than public search
>> engines for the sole purpose of, and solely to the extent necessary for,
>> creating publicly available search indices — but not caches or archives
>> — of the Hulu Services);
>> Violating Terms of Service is /not/ what the Free in Free and Open
>> Source Software is all about.
>    ...I am still not clear just what in the TOS Boxee is supposed to
> be violating. It's just another browser. It just happens to be prettier,
> intended for use in someone's living room, and optimized for use with
> a remote control.
>    Beyond the notion that Hulu is now a "No Homers Club", how is Boxee
> violating the Hulu Terms of Service?
>    It's a drop in replacement for someone using Firefox in kiosk mode.
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