Technology that blocks or skips TV ads is becoming ever more controversial and more widely known. And with the recent launch of a Chrome extension, it got personal. No Hulu Ads, which is free, isn’t the first browser extension to black out TV commercials for your viewing pleasure. It isn’t the first to offer notifications letting you know when the blacked-out commercial break is over, pausing the show automatically until you return to that tab. But it is the first to block the warning Hulu has put in place — the one that asks you to disable your ad blocker, and that strongly suggests you might not be able to see the service if you don’t. It’s also the first extension we’ve seen to call out an online TV service by name — one that increasingly relies on ad revenue. (We’ve reached out to Hulu to find out if they intend to take any steps against the programmer.)
New Chrome Extension Specifically Targets Hulu Ads
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).