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No apologies or explanations to users for removing Hulu content from TV.com but Hulu CEO Jason Kilar wants Boxee users to know that they’ll…

No apologies or explanations to users for removing Hulu content from TV.com but Hulu CEO Jason Kilar wants Boxee users to know that they’ll be losing access this week at the specific request of content providers. In his company blog post today titled Doing Hard Things, Kilar explains: “Our content providers requested that we turn off access to our content via the Boxee product, and we are respecting their wishes. While we stubbornly believe in this brave new world of media convergence

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  1. Oh no, Hulu. It sounds like your content partners want to deal directly with the distributors. What does Providence Equity Partners have to say about all this? They are the ones who actually put in the capital to fund Hulu.

  2. I stopped reading this after the first sentence, which makes no grammatical sense at all.

    And what the hell is Boxee? Do you just assume everyone who reads this article will know?

  3. Staci D. Kramer Thursday, February 19, 2009

    Scott —

    Sorry to disappoint you with my writing. I should have included a description of what Boxee does. It is a service that delivers video to laptop or HDTV; the latter allows users to experience online video via TV. As for the first sentence, this was our fourth story yesterday on Hulu and TV.com; by that time, most of our regular readers — and most people following the situation — knew about the situation.

    Thanks for your comments.

  4. I'm a big fan of Hulu. I wouldn't be surprised if the reason they stopped Boxee is that Hulu itself is developing a similar service to rival Boxee/AppleTV… keep an eye on this. It looks like Boxee does no harm to Hulu by streaming content… the ads are still played via Boxee, aren't they? Is PlayOn by MediaMall Technologies the next victim for Hulu? (www.themediamall.com/playon/)

  5. I still don’t understand what boxee is. They just randomly started blocking me 10 minutes ago after literally 4 episodes of a show. I go to click the next one and this boxee error came up. I honestly do not understand. I wasnt even aware I was running Boxee

  6. You aren’t running Boxee. In their efforts to block Boxee Boxes (a set top internet TV Box) they (Hulu) managed to block every single web browser in existence for a bit.

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