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Old May 28, 2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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Hulu Desktop for Mac!!!

Hulu just released a desktop client for the Mac which is compatible with the Apple Remote.

Download Link:http://www.hulu.com/labs/hulu-desktop

Here is a video of how to use the Remote and other features Hulu has released in a section called Hulu Labs:http://www.hulu.com/labs

It would be cool if Hulu could have integrated this into Boxee and Plex as well. I would like to see an iPhone app as well as a Remote function within the app.

Other Features of Hulu Labs:

Video Panel Designer
Video Panels are easy-to-use embeddable widgets that allow simple content programming and easily integrate a Hulu video player. The Video Panel Designer tool helps site editors and Web masters customize and program Video Panels to fit their needs.

Recommendations
Recommendations are a list of TV shows and movies that we think you'll love based on videos you've already watched and rated on Hulu. Anyone with a Hulu account can access these recommendations: log in or sign up for a free account and select the Recommendations tab found on your Profile page.

Time Based Browsing
Time-Based Browsing allows you to quickly scan our videos grouped by original air date. Whether you're a TV junkie who remembers shows by the day of week they air, a budding media anthropologist curious to study TV's evolution across the decades, or just a user in search of timely news clips, time-based browsing is another way to easily find more videos on Hulu.

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Old May 28, 2009, 02:54 PM   #2
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Wow, I just saw that too. Looks nice!
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Old May 28, 2009, 03:01 PM   #3
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Guess what I'm installing on my Mac mini as soon as I get home tonight!
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Old May 28, 2009, 03:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for the heads up. Downloading now.

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Old May 28, 2009, 05:56 PM   #5
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Hulu Desktop

Wow this looks cool

use your apple remote to control hulu

sweet!
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Old May 28, 2009, 07:42 PM   #6
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I've been using it for a couple hours and looks perfect. Score for Hulu!
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Old May 28, 2009, 08:39 PM   #7
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Old May 28, 2009, 08:59 PM   #8
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Installed it... seems nice and simple. Love Hulu.
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Old May 28, 2009, 09:04 PM   #9
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LOL.. mine too.. I even put it on my wifes computers... her mind is already gooooomooo.. but what is a little more!

Great job Hulu!!!
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Old May 28, 2009, 09:13 PM   #10
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Oh for hell's sake I love Hulu! But I have to say, Plex is where it is at, when you run a media center or not.
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Old May 28, 2009, 09:34 PM   #11
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I like Plex too - my only pet peeve with it is not clearing my Hulu queue when I've watched it on Plex. Of course I can't say I've done a lot of research on trying to fix it, but it's sure annoying after a weekend of getting caught up on everything to log in to hulu just to see it's all there.
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Old May 29, 2009, 12:26 AM   #12
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Awsome app this thing is great love the interaction with the Remote now this makes me wonder if a iPhone app is not to far off?
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Old May 29, 2009, 02:48 PM   #13
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I like it. It answers some Hulu gripes very nicely:

* Instantly goes fullscreen--saves a step

* Remembers your quality choice--saves a step (look for Preferences in your account within the Hulu UI--NOT in the Mac menu bar)

* Remote control! (Even seek-jumping, which I love in EyeTV, and on-screen keyboard for searching!)

* Click anywhere on screen to pause AND (drumroll) unpause

EDIT: I don't like it Video playback is jerky on my C2D 2.33 (whereas fullscreen in Safari at High quality is smooth). Hopefully they can improve that... without being at Adobe's mercy to make it run better. It's still only beta--worth keeping an eye on the next version.

They've got everything working well except video

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Awsome app this thing is great love the interaction with the Remote now this makes me wonder if a iPhone app is not to far off?
If Adobe ever gets Flash working well on iPhone, then they could offer it to third-parties to use in making (as one example) a Hulu iPhone standalone app. And it wouldn't need to involve Safari or Apple at all

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Old May 29, 2009, 04:16 PM   #14
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Just thought I'd let you know - there's an Understudy update that provides support for Hulu Desktop so I don't even have to get up to click on the app to launch it.

By the way, although the requirements are for a 2.0GHz Core Duo, it and Understudy run nicely on my 1.6GHz Mini. I used it for 90 minutes last night (I watched the Sliders pilot ... I'd never actually seen it) No jerkiness or crashes so far.
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Old May 29, 2009, 04:24 PM   #15
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No jerkiness here either.

The app is pretty neat. I'm kind of surprised it doesn't use AIR, I'd think AIR is the perfect platform for this.
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Old May 29, 2009, 04:27 PM   #16
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Old May 30, 2009, 10:30 AM   #17
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Thanks for the info.

Loaded on my Mac Mini connected to my LG 42" TV. Works great with my Apple Remote. Nice Layout. Be cool if there was a hook into Front Row where you can load Hulu Desktop from it.
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Old May 30, 2009, 11:37 AM   #18
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Seems to work fine on a 1.83 Core Duo iMac w/ 2GB.
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Old May 30, 2009, 11:54 AM   #19
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Very clear picture. Boxee is good also. Plex I don't have yet.
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Old May 30, 2009, 01:38 PM   #20
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G5 = jumpy video

I was really hoping I would like this application. But on my G5 iMac (2.0 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM) the video framerate is so low that it's unwatchable. Hulu through Safari works reasonably well (I know I have an "older" computer so I don't expect perfection) so I was quite surprised at how jumpy this was. Plus the UI isn't that great if you don't have a scroll wheel (I'm back to the original mouse that came with my iMac until I get around to buying another replacement).
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Old May 31, 2009, 12:51 AM   #22
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Today's new version is much jerkier even than the previous one! Very smooth when shrunk to the corner, but quite bad in fullscreen. (I do like the easy self-updating though.)

My friend tried on a MacBook Pro (non-unibody), and it's jerky there too.

Watch the same clip in a browser and in the app and you may see the same issue (but it's REALLY obvious now, even compared to yesterday's version). FWIW, I have an NVidia GPU. I forget what GPU is in the MBP I tried.

Too bad--but I look forward to future updates.
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not having any jerky problems on mine
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Be cool if there was a hook into Front Row where you can load Hulu Desktop from it.
Found the answer:

http://code.google.com/p/understudy/downloads/list

New version of Understudy will add menu item to FrontRow
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