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Answering, in its own way, to the likes of Boxee and others who want some alternative way to view Hulu on their computers, Hulu has announced the availability of Hulu Desktop. Sporting a super-clean UI and support for using the Apple Remote, this free download is […]

Hulu Desktop

Answering, in its own way, to the likes of Boxee and others who want some alternative way to view Hulu on their computers, Hulu has announced the availability of Hulu Desktop. Sporting a super-clean UI and support for using the Apple Remote, this free download is a must-have for anybody who frequents Hulu often.

The app is built on the Flash platform, so the system requirements are pretty moderate, requiring at least an Intel Core Duo 2.GHz Mac with 2.0GB of RAM. Currently available as a beta, this application provides you quick and easy access to your Hulu queue, as well as the ability to browse Hulu’s entire lineup of TV shows and movies.

The UI of the application is fairly snappy and easy to navigate, putting tons of content, your queue, suggestions and search at your fingertips. The experience is very refined for an application that’s still in beta.

Hulu Desktop is a free download from Hulu Labs.

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  1. I have it a try this afternoon. I had the app running for a total of about 10 minutes, in which time it froze-up three times while scrolling through the list of available episodes for a TV show.

    While I’m sure it was just a temporary glitch, I’m not a fan of Flash on the Mac – it just doesn’t work very well at all.

  2. 2 GHz Core2Duo is ‘moderate’? Just to play video wrapped in Flash?

    Puhlease!

  3. It ran fine for me to watch a couple of episodes of a show. My only issue is that I can’t get at the Preferences. That command is greyed out for some reason. And I’ve already received one update to the software; bumped from version 0.9 to 0.9.1. That didn’t correct the problem, though.

  4. >#2 dave 2 GHz Core2Duo…

    Read those specs again, that is just Core Duo, not Core2Duo. That means any Intel Mac, the first gen of Intel MacBooks, MacBook Pro, and iMac ran on the CoreDuo 3 years ago.

  5. Tried to use it but the program crashed every time before the “loading” bar would complete. I got an “…encoutered an error” message after the app crashed. I do have ClickToFlash installed, but disabled it through the ClickToFlash menu. I didn’t restart my MacBook after disabling ClickToFlash, though. That might be an issue.

  6. I have to say, it’s pretty slick, and I had no problems with it. Haven’t played around with it a lot yet, but from what I’ve seen I enjoy this very much. It’s still a shame that they blocked Boxee, leaving them to create a workaround, but I can see why now at least.

  7. >#2 dave 2 GHz Core2Duo…
    >Read those specs again, that is just Core Duo, not Core2Duo. That means any Intel Mac, >the first gen of Intel MacBooks, MacBook Pro, and iMac ran on the CoreDuo 3 years ago.

    However, not all the first gen were 2ghz+.

  8. >#2 dave 2 GHz Core2Duo…
    >Read those specs again, that is just Core Duo, not Core2Duo. That means any Intel Mac, >the first gen of Intel MacBooks, MacBook Pro, and iMac ran on the CoreDuo 3 years ago.

    Not any Intel Mac. The first Intel MacMini’s base offering was a CoreSolo.

  9. No, the spec is pretty specific, from HULU (Hulu Labs):

    “Mac
    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz
    At least 2.0 GB RAM
    Mac OS v10.4 (Tiger) or later
    2 Mbps Internet connection
    Flash 9.0.124″

  10. HOWEVER, I just tested it out and it works on a G5, so what HULU is really saying is that “we’re lazy SOBs with very little commitment or understanding of the Mac and we went out and bought just a few measly Macs and that was the extent of our testing.” Remember NBC is one of the joint venture partners which is a partner in MSNBC and I’d venture to guess they are pretty MSFT-centric. Can’t blame them for working hard on the Windows side because it’s a big market, but the Mac market is pretty healthy and should not be ignored, even folks with older CPUs. They don’t support XP except on Intel Core 2 Duos, so I guess they’re at least being equivalent, but why not state limited support for Macs with G4/G5 processors?
    AT LEAST they don’t do a processor check to exclude machines that MIGHT work and I for one pray they don’t start. I hope they will stop disabling alternative players like “MYMediaPlayer” and “Boxee” as well. They get their ads out there with Roll-Ins and Roll-Outs, so I don’t know why it makes any difference if someone picks up an RSS feed and plays their video.

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