How can mobile devices get around media blocks on websites?

January 6, 2014
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Hulu and NBC.com block certain programs (days of our lives) from mobile viewing.  Is there any way around this?  Is there an Android app that will tell them “it’s not a mobile, it’s a computer?”

  1. Dalsan M
    January 6, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Do you view these websites through a web browser? If yes, the best browser that actually works most of the time presenting itself as a desktop browser is Maxthon Browser. You have to go into the settings and select the UA (User Agent) as Desktop. Many third party web browsers would have this option within the settings, but even Firefox mobile does not work half of the time.

    Other than changing the User Agent, you would have to root your device and change some system files in order for the device to show as a desktop, but even then, you have to change the User Agent of the browser. Rooting your device to hack the system files for this reason hardly seems like an idea that should be used, mostly because these changes can cause the device to crash to the point that you would have to factory reset the device, which you would lose all of your data, information, and settings to get the device working again.

    There are times that no matter if you change the UA to desktop to anything that resembles a desktop computer, it will still not work. Unfortunately, there isn't much else to get around the limitation except using a computer.

    If I am wrong, I would love to hear a way to get around this type of limitation, and I'm sure that many others would, as well.