Can i get streaming media? Pretty please?

Turns out, with the Motorola Xoom, the answer is no.

Hulu. No.

Lots of devices including the Nexus one. Really? the Nexus One has the hardware but the xoom doesn’t?

Ok not lots. Far from lots. Hundreds of handsets and tablets on the market now, and 6 can run hulu. I retract “lots”

I like my Xoom  a lot, i’ve invested good sizes bits of my $ to buying apps to make the device my go to tablet. I like the size, I like the form factor, I like the OS. But traveling with the Xoom (as I did to WWDC this year) is kind of the pits, unless I make sure to pre-load the device with downloaded content.

Netflix. No.

My understanding is that it’s largely to do with the encryption/DRM capabilities of the device. OK that makes sense.


What doesn’t make sense to me, as a prosumer techy with a $600 device on my desk… How did Motorola not build the Xoom with these two apps in mind?


Better yet, how was Moto (for that matter, Google too) NOT working with both companies from the get go, to ensure that the Flagship tablet of the Android Army, the first device to ship with Honeycomb, wasn’t at the top of the compatible devices list?


It was one thing when neither service had an app for android, it made using the Xoom, not a “This or that” decision with my iPad. But now, now two of the main use cases for my iPad (other than games and Omnifocus) are available for android… just not my android.

Gruber sums it up pretty well in “Fragmentation, I don’t see any fragmentation

It’s funny, there’s plenty I don’t  like about the way apple does things, but for the most part they don’t seem as determined as Google and Motorola do, to drive me away from their platform. :(

6 Responses to “Can i get streaming media? Pretty please?”

  1. Tom F says:

    I'll give you a reason – Netflix/Hulu don't see these a big revenue generators. Where's their incentive to make sure their code runs on these devices? Heck, Netflix doesn't even see much of their revenue driven by their iPad/iPhone apps, so I worry that they'll discontinue support.

  2. I don't see this as Motorola's fault at all. You ask why they didn't plan for this. But it is the app creators who are making these restrictions – not Motorola. Blame Hulu and Netflix, not Moto.

  3. Actually – it may not even be Hulu/Netflix – it may be the _miles_ of legal paperwork to allow them to show the media at all.

    • John Wilker says:

      The only reason I assume that's not the case is (and I could be 100% wrong) is that it seems once you've got one device "approved" i would assume the licensing is more platform than unique devices (chipset aside). So with 6 devices I assume the barriers are hardware and software compatibility.

  4. Dude – I wouldn't assume that. Media companies are _notorious_ for crazy crap like this. Like for example – some shows being available and not others – some shows having N episodes while others have M. Maybe part of that is the set of agents for the show itself. But _nothing_ would surprise me on that side of the fence.

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