Hulu Intros Desktop App for the Mac

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Mac-toting TV fans received a little present from Hulu in the form of Hulu Desktop for Mac. The application lets viewers stream TV shows and movies from the Hulu Web site to their Mac without using a Web browser.

Hulu Desktop can display content in a window or full screen, is compatible with the Apple Remote, lets users rate videos and view content from their queue and manage their show subscriptions, and more.

The application requires at least a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, Mac OS X 10.4, Flash 9.0.124, and a 2 Mbps Internet connection. While the processor requirements may appear steep on first glance, Intel's 2.0GHz Core Duo processor is older and slower than the current Core 2 Duo chips used in Macs today, and can be found in models like the 2006-era MacBook.

Hulu's ad-based streaming system has been gaining popularity since its launch, and the new desktop-based application could help increase that popularity even more since it offers a more traditional TV viewing feel that isn't available when using a Web browser.

If Apple and Hulu were to strike a deal to bring Hulu Desktop to the Apple TV, Apple's "hobby" could start down the path to becoming a true replacement for other home entertainment devices.

Comments

dennis

The processor requirements seem absurd knowing that Hulu videos run fine in full screen on my iMac G5. Is Apple paying kickbacks for developers making apps Intel-only?

apex

What? No link to the Hulu site or installer? Now I have to search for it.

Tony

Unrelated comment….

Why do the rollovers in the article on a Mac review site all point to Microsoft’s IE 8, which if memory serves will not run on a Mac?

Sorry, I have a near hatred of that program.

Tony

linkage:

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

BWilcox

I downloaded it and it runs just fine on my 2 Ghz G5 iMac. The processor requirements are meaningless.

Michael Wright

The Hulu desktop for OS X is buggy. It’s not very stable from my observations. On a Mac Pro Quad with 9 GB of RAM running Tiger it caused Firefox to crash repeatedly.  I removed the software and the problems with Firefox disappeared.

Even the beta version of Boxee was more stable than Hulu’s current version.  Perhaps the Windows version of the Hulu software is wonderful, but the Mac version blows chunks.

BWilcox

The Hulu desktop for OS X is buggy. It?s not very stable from my observations. On a Mac Pro Quad with 9 GB of RAM running Tiger it caused Firefox to crash repeatedly.? I removed the software and the problems with Firefox disappeared.

Even the beta version of Boxee was more stable than Hulu?s current version.? Perhaps the Windows version of the Hulu software is wonderful, but the Mac version blows chunks.

You don’t need Firefox to run this app. I’ve read a lot about this crashing Intel Macs, I just watched all of Hollywood Knights (AWESOME movie) using Hulu Desktop on my PPC iMac running 10.4.11 without a hiccup.

jameskatt

Is Apple paying kickbacks for developers making apps Intel-only?

What a silly statement.  Of course not.

What it means is that Hulu’s programmers are not very bright.  They did not know it also runs on PowerPC Macs.

rpaege

What it means is that Hulu?s programmers are not very bright.  They did not know it also runs on PowerPC Macs.

Well, uh, wouldn’t Hulu’s programmer(s) have to compile it for PPC?  How could they NOT know?

This sounds more like a simple marketing problem than “not very bright” programmers.

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The application lets viewers stream TV shows and movies from the Hulu Web site to their Mac without using a Web browser.

Hulu Desktop can display content in a window or full screen, is compatible with the Apple Remote, lets users rate videos and view content from their queue and manage their show subscriptions, and more.

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