Hulu launches desktop application

By on May 28, 2009, 5:23 PM
When it comes to online video websites, YouTube may lead the pack in terms of traffic with its user-generated content, but Hulu is definitely the place to go for high quality programming from the largest studios and networks in the business. In just two years, the NBC/News Corp joint venture has practically sent Joost into oblivion and significantly altered the Internet TV viewing landscape.

As the site’s popularity skyrocketed, however, users have been clamoring for a way to get it out of the browser and into the living room – Boxee was the perfect solution to this but Hulu was persistent in blocking the software at the request of the content providers. In an interesting turn of events, they are now releasing their own standalone application, promising a “lean-back viewing experience” delivered straight to your computer. Hulu Desktop is available on Windows and Mac – but not on Linux – and can be controlled not just via a mouse and keyboard, but also through any Apple or Windows Media Center remote.

Additionally the company has launched a new Labs section today, where you’ll find stuff like a video panel designer to create embeddable widgets for Hulu, as well as new recommendations and time-based browsing tools.

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9Nails said:
It's unfortunate that it's not right-click aware. That would have offered ease of access to several shortcuts - that I can think of - which would make watching video's even better. Still it works pretty good. I'm catching up on some missed seasons, and I'm sure I'll meet some bandwidth cap from my ISP soon!
Rick said:
I like Hulu and the concept of it, but the failure of the Hulu player is it only plays Hulu videos. People don't want to use 3948 different apps to watch videos -- especially for something that's intended to be a television appliance. That's why Boxee is worthwhile.Hulu can continue to block Boxee all they want, but the fact is, as long as it can be viewed in any web browser, Boxee will always be able to play Hulu content. And as long as things like Boxee exist and get publicized, people are going to choose that one particular player which binds them all.
trinitibt said:
Nuclius will play Hulu content on your HDTV. I can't wait for it to come out. [url][/url]
tengeta said:
Well, Cox in my area doesn't enforce the bandwidth caps. Looks like I'll be using another 200 gigs a month through my modem.
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