Want a remote desktop client to watch Hulu with...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ravenvii, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Call me crazy, but I'm wondering if this is possible with any of the clients out now (iTeleport, Jump, Desktop Connect, Winadmin, and so forth)?

    I plan to connect via my own wireless network - nothing crazy. So the speed *should* be fast enough (I mean, 300 Mbps is plenty... right?)
  2. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    No, it's not possible. There are streaming applications so you can watch videos on an iPad/iPhone over the network that are stored on your computer, but the remote desktop applications built on VNC simply don't support video at watchable framerates.
    Network speed isn't the problem in this case. The issue is that the VNC protocol is designed for remote administration. In its most basic form, it essentially takes a screen shot at periodic polling intervals. Some have updated with hooks into the GPU hardware directly, but this is mostly to improve CPU usage--it still only polls a maximum of about a dozen times per second.

    You'd be lucky to get 10fps on any network connection with VNC.

    What is needed is essentially a "virtual monitor" output from the GPU, but nothing like that exists in software (yet), and instead is only available with specialized hardware that costs thousands of dollars.
  3. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    I agree with matticus. I installed desktop connect and use vnc to connect to my MacBook pro. I tried hulu once for sh*ts and giggles, the frame rate was terrible and there was no audio. At this point, you really can't have a remote desktop experience that will come close to supporting video. Just wait for the hulu app, it's coming.

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