Hulu releases Hulu Desktop software

Love Hulu, but don't want to be confined to its website when watching your favorite TV shows or movies? Well Hulu just recently released Hulu Desktop, an application for both Windows and OS X that lets you watch Hulu content right from your desktop. Both the Windows Media Center remote and the Apple Remote work with the software as well, so you can use them to navigate through the content.

In addition, Hulu has also launched Hulu Labs, a place that lets you try out experimental projects and give feedback on them while they're still in development.

With Hulu now having a desktop application, it's possible that Hulu content could also come to other devices like Apple TV, etc. Rumors have been floating around that Hulu may come to Xbox 360. With Microoft's E3 conference on Monday, it's possible they could announce something.

Streaming video provider Boxee said in a blog post that it hopes the desktop app means the two sites can work together again. Back in Feburay, Hulu pulled its content from Boxee at the request of its content providers.

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I'm certainly surprised by it. It's actually fairly useful, and loads faster then the website, for me at least. Now I only have to Bittorrent half the shows I watch

So wait, Joost started out with a Desktop app, moved to the web, and then killed their Desktop app.
Hulu started as a web app, but now has made a Desktop app? That's cool. I like stand-alone apps.

Oh yeah, US-only? That's just another one of our many benefits for living in the best country in the world.

This is a real niche market. They would be better off offering this for the Xbox 360 and PS3. I am not sure if 720p is stunning given that 1080 is pretty sweet. Still for what its worth, 720p does seem to be the standard of delivering internet video content. The on demand is nice, though most people I think by now have PVRs.

The final issue I see is with the system requirements. Dual core system with 2gigs of memory to play 720p video. Come on. I've seen it done... even streaming on a lowend Pentium 4 with less than a gig.

That's too bad Hulu is still inflicted with that disease where they believe the United States is the entire world.

Oh look! It's the Fail Whale!

You can make comments like that when the USA is no longer the most powerful/influential/richest country in the world. It may not hold the place it used to but it's still all of the aforementioned. And maybe when the US does not drive the world economy no more. Are you just ignorant stupid or jealous?

What makes you think that Hulu is allowed to make the content available anywhere they want? It doesn't work that way.

Steven77 said,
You can make comments like that when the USA is no longer the most powerful/influential/richest country in the world. It may not hold the place it used to but it's still all of the aforementioned. And maybe when the US does not drive the world economy no more. Are you just ignorant stupid or jealous?

Irrelevant. Hulu cannot control where they are allowed to broadcast. They have said they are working on it. (snipped)

How can I force the window to stay on top of other windows like Media Center? It's not very useful to me if the browser window or whatever is covering it up.

Of course PS3 is a massive fail but give them time to execute the whole "10 year plan". It might improve. Slightly.

I love some of Neowin's articles. "Last weeks News, Today!"

Just kidding :P

It's a nice app, but being an international user its useless. Still, a nice app for all you Americans

Then, go ahead and dump your cable! You can access Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, etc using PlayOn (http://www.themediamall.com/playon).

+1 ... nobody should want or support a segregated internet, but still people in the US support the likes of Hulu, and screw every other network that restricts too, neowin you guys shouldn't even promote it

artfuldodga said,
+1 ... nobody should want or support a segregated internet, but still people in the US support the likes of Hulu, and screw every other network that restricts too, neowin you guys shouldn't even promote it


Ok, what about BBC? When are they gonna allow people in other countries to use iPlayer? People who bitch about this really don't understand the fact that it is not Hulu's (or Netflix, etc.) fault that the media companies do not allow international distribution of their content.

artfuldodga said,
+1 ... nobody should want or support a segregated internet, but still people in the US support the likes of Hulu, and screw every other network that restricts too, neowin you guys shouldn't even promote it

Dude... relax.

roadwarrior said,
Ok, what about BBC? When are they gonna allow people in other countries to use iPlayer? People who bitch about this really don't understand the fact that it is not Hulu's (or Netflix, etc.) fault that the media companies do not allow international distribution of their content.

but still is unfair.

Marshalus said,
Dude... relax.


He's got a point. Why is this on NeoWin?

Only the US can access this site because of antiquaited laws regarding distribution rights.

And, dare I say it, this international old studio media malarkey is a CRITICAL flaw in their current business model that leads to yes, a lot of casual piracy by overseas users.

As long as these RIAA/MPAA companies continue to treat the world as if digital solutions and instantaneous distribution doesn't exist, they will continue to force overseas viewers to resort to less savory methods of viewing the shows they want to see.

Nature abhors a vacuum...and so does the Internet Age.

roadwarrior said,
Ok, what about BBC? When are they gonna allow people in other countries to use iPlayer? People who bitch about this really don't understand the fact that it is not Hulu's (or Netflix, etc.) fault that the media companies do not allow international distribution of their content.

Because we people in the UK have to pay £130+ a year for a TV Licence just to watch TV which covers services like iPlayer, international people do not contribute so why should they open their content to you for free?

Richard Hammond said,
Because we people in the UK have to pay £130+ a year for a TV Licence just to watch TV which covers services like iPlayer, international people do not contribute so why should they open their content to you for free?


It is moronic of the BBC to charge you for a license for TV, when you STILL have to sit through commercials (just as we do in the US). What is even more moronic is that the British people still put up with that nonsense.

So Hulu is garbage because in order for them to exist they have to play by the content provider's rules? It's not the content provider's fault?

You know it wasn't that long ago where content providers were staunchly against providing any other their stuff online in any form. It's shifting in the right direction although with a lot of kicking and screaming.

roadwarrior said,
It is moronic of the BBC to charge you for a license for TV, when you STILL have to sit through commercials (just as we do in the US). What is even more moronic is that the British people still put up with that nonsense.

They dont have adverts? just trailers about upcoming programs between the end/start of programs but the actual program is uninterupted.

roadwarrior said,
It is moronic of the BBC to charge you for a license for TV, when you STILL have to sit through commercials

Ummm there are no commercials on the BBC on TV, radio or iplayer.