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Guide: How to Enable Hulu on PS3 With a Workaround


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265w ago - A few days after blocking PlayStation 3 users, Hulu has yet to respond to questions concerning the change which has only helped to fuel rumors it is related to the Microsoft ad campaign currently featured on the site.

However, a guide is now available courtesy of yPass.net (linked above) that details how to workaround the method being used to block PS3 users, namely checking the User-Agent string in the HTTP request.

The workaround? To make your PS3 appear as a PC running a Firefox (or whatever you prefer) browser to any Web site that asks, as follows:

1. Install squid ("sudo apt-get install squid" for ubuntu users.... for Windows users, google for: squid windows)

2. Edit squid's default config (/etc/squid/squid.conf on ubuntu) with these changes (or download my configuration: [Register or Login to view links]):

Search for "acl localnet src" and set it to your internal network. You can remove the other localnet definitions if you're not using them as shown here:

#acl localnet src 10.0.0.0/8
#acl localnet src 172.16.0.0/12
acl localnet src 192.168.0.0/16

Search for "http_access allow localhost" and add "http_access allow localnet" as such:

http_access allow localnet
http_access allow localhost

Add the following two lines pretty much anywhere in the file (the end of the file works just fine):

header_access User-Agent deny all
header_replace User-Agent Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.0.11) Gecko/2009060215 Firefox/3.0.11 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

3. Start squid (sudo /etc/init.d/squid start)

4. Go to PS3 Internet settings. Do manual configure. Go through the settings as normal (the defaults should be fine) until you get to proxy server. Set it to be your PC's IP address port 3128.

Your PS3 is now a Windows machine running Firefox (as far as Hulu is concerned) and you can use Hulu again. What a dumb method of restricting access. You can get a bit fancier with the acl's to make it so ONLY Hulu URLs get the User-Agent replaced. It's not that hard, but until I have a problem, I don't see any point in bothering.



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sweeper240's Avatar
#12 - sweeper240 - 264w ago
Windows Vista 64
Linksys WRT54GL

I can't figure out how to make this work, please help.

has anyone been able to successfully get Squid to work... how do you even know if it is working at all?

Please help

Thank you.

DemonSeed's Avatar
#11 - DemonSeed - 264w ago
As I understand it, the only problem with this config is that all of your ps3's traffic will go through the proxy, correct? I ask because I use a vpn to get to hulu so this would be a somewhat complicated setup

ie. ps3 ---- squid server / pptp client ----- US VPN server ---- hulu

the problem of course would be dog slow gaming.
If you use a vpn you will be able to reach it, but you won't be able to view unless you change your User Agent headers and I don't think vpn's would obfuscate that for you. As for all traffic going through proxy that is not the case, some of the ps3's traffic still travels beyond the proxied connection directly to the servers [tcp/udp on diff ports to sony servers - 80, 5223, 3658 etc]. If another computer on your network is vpn'ed and acts as a gateway for your ps3 then all your ps3's traffic will go through that computer and vpn [the non proxied stuff].

setTopbox's Avatar
#10 - setTopbox - 264w ago
As I understand it, the only problem with this config is that all of your ps3's traffic will go through the proxy, correct? I ask because I use a vpn to get to hulu so this would be a somewhat complicated setup

ie. ps3 ---- squid server / pptp client ----- US VPN server ---- hulu

the problem of course would be dog slow gaming.

fmbaig21's Avatar
#9 - fmbaig21 - 265w ago
I tried that squid conf but it seems thats for linux. I downloaded windows version of squid 2.7 and im getting the error: netmask masks away part of the specified ip.

I installed squid using the command prompt with the command "squid.exe -i" but unable to start the service because of that error.

sweeper240's Avatar
#8 - sweeper240 - 265w ago
I can't get an internet connection, and I don't know how to start Squid, how do you even know if its on?

I have a Linksys WRT54GL as my wireless router. it is connected via ethernet cable to my computer (Vista 64)

the PS3 is connected to the Linksys via wireless..

Please help me set this up to work with Squid and Hulu.

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