Hulu recently blocked Boxee, an open-source media-center application for Macs, Apple TVs, and other devices from including its content. Now, Hulu introduced their own desktop application that delivers Hulu straight to your desktop with no browser required ( just Flash plugin required) that enables remote-controlled viewing which works with Windows Media and Apple remotes. Download hulu Desktop
Hulu Desktop enables users log in, watch video, access personalized features like queues, rate videos, change personal settings, and even search Hulu’s help files. My favorite shows Family Guy, SNL, Simpsons, Office will now be delivered to desktop directly. Gizmodo’s review mentions the app is beautiful, fast, easy to navigate and simply amazing-everything you’d expect and it’s like real TV.
Hulu Desktop is a free download for Windows ( XP or later ) or Mac ( OS X 10.4 Tiger or later) . Minimum requirements: Intel Pentium Core Duo 2.0GHz , At least 2.0 GB of RAM, 2 Mbps Internet connection, Flash 9.0.124
Integrate the New Hulu Desktop into Media Center ( via Missing Remote )
Note, the following steps assume you installed into the default Hulu directory, which is C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\HuluDesktop. If you changed the directory, simply replace the directories in the ini and xml files.
- Download the file here: HuluMCE Plugin
- Unzip the folder into your Hulu directory (which default is C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\HuluDesktop\)
- The files should result in a HuluMCE folder (C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\HuluDesktop\HuluMCE).
- IMPORTANT STEP: Browse to the above HuluMCE folder, and Right Click on the HuluMCEreg.xml file and select EDIT
- Replace the username "Mike" from the following line with YOUR USERNAME: imageUrl="C:\Users\Mike\AppData\Local\HuluDesktop\HuluMCE\icon.png"
- Still in the above folder, right click on the InstallHulu.cmd and select Run as Administrator
- A dialog box will appear with the message Success
- Close all your windows, launch Media Center with your remote, and the shortcut for Hulu Desktop will appear under the TV+Movies row, as well as in the Program Library
*NOTE: If you prefer to have the shortcut appear in the TV+Movies row, you will need to edit theHuluMCEreg.xml file (Right click > Edit). On the line which says <category category="Services\TV"/>, replace TV with Pictures. (eg., <category category="Services\Pictures"/> You can visit the following MSDN Webpage for a full list of category entrypoints you can launch from.