RIM Negotiating Hulu Access for BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

Paul Lilly

Research In Motion (RIM) is currently trying to hammer out a deal with Hulu that would let BlackBerry PlayBook users gain paid access to the streaming service. Following the PlayBook's launch last week, users were surprised to find that they could load and watch Hulu content on their tablet, but the excitement was short lived. Hulu blocked the BlackBerry browser within 48 hours, just has it has done with all tablets and smartphones.

"We are in conversations with Hulu to bring the Hulu Plus subscription service to BlackBerry PlayBook users," a RIM spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal in an email.

Hulu makes it a practice to block its online service from mobile devices in order to push its Hulu Plus service, which runs $7.99/month. Hulu Plus is currently available on Apple's iPad and iPhone via an app.

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