Hulu Desktop for Mac!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by str1f3, May 28, 2009.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Aug 24, 2008
    Hulu just released a desktop client for the Mac which is compatible with the Apple Remote.

    Download Link:

    Here is a video of how to use the Remote and other features Hulu has released in a section called Hulu 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 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.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
  3. macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    Guess what I'm installing on my Mac mini as soon as I get home tonight! :D
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
  5. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Hulu Desktop

    Wow this looks cool

    use your apple remote to control hulu

  6. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I've been using it for a couple hours and looks perfect. Score for Hulu!
  7. macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    I am so screwed. More brain matter rotting into goo now.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2007
    Installed it... seems nice and simple. Love Hulu. :)
  9. macrumors G3


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    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!!!
  10. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    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.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
    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.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2006
    Awsome app this thing is great love the interaction with the :apple: Remote now this makes me wonder if a iPhone app is not to far off?
  13. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    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 :eek:

    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 :)
  14. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    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.
  15. macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    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.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Up north in Yorkshire :)
    It's really just a complicated SSB... come on guys.. and wait... I can't get it in the UK... :(
  17. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Arlington Heights,IL
    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.
  18. MTI
    macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Seems to work fine on a 1.83 Core Duo iMac w/ 2GB.
  19. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
    Very clear picture. Boxee is good also. Plex I don't have yet.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2001
    Trapped in a world before later on
    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).
  21. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  22. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    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.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2008
  24. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Arlington Heights,IL
  25. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere

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