A new class-action lawsuit claims Hulu “throttled” its service on computer web browsers, forcing subscribers to use its app, thereby having easy access to collect and sell their data.
The suit, filed on April 16 in Los Angeles, charges Hulu with false advertising and fraud. Plaintiffs are contesting the streamer’s availability claims.
“The marketing and advertising of the Hulu Subscriptions contain numerous false and misleading claims that the Hulu Subscriptions will provide high quality streaming services, such that consumers can watch its ‘on all your favorite devices’,” states the lawsuit, filed April 16 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Further, the lawsuit contends Hulu, which is owned by Disney, charges “a substantial price premium” for subscriptions, even though the service, when accessed on computers, is “throttled to prevent high-quality streaming,” The Wrap reports.
The thrust of the case is that by pushing the app over other possible devices, Hulu can “further monetize their subscribers.”
To date, two people are listed as plaintiffs, but the suit hopes to represent all Hulu subscribers.