Hulu Desktop for Linux . . . finally

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The folks over at Hulu Labs have been busy it seems, as they have just released a version of their desktop client for Linux. Windows and OSX versions of the desktop client have been out for some time now, but Linux has been left in the dark. Functionality wise, it operates and plays videos identically to its counterparts. The Linux version can also be controlled via an IR remote. We certainly are excited to add this to our entertainment systems. The release is a bit of a surprise, but a welcome change to the usual treatment of Linux, and it’s nice to see the mainstream start to recognize it. Plus, this is just more ammunition for getting rid of those monthly cable/satellite subscriptions.

28 thoughts on “Hulu Desktop for Linux . . . finally

  1. I have a feeling there’s more to it yet unseen or they wouldn’t have gone to all the trouble (for the “measly” <1% linux portion of the general audience.) Is a linux based hulu set top box in the works? Or maybe something built in to the TV itself, who knows…

  2. For those of us with MythTV boxes….this means an end to crappy hacks and endless attempts to implement unhappy solutions to get Online content to blend with our the rest of our media.

    Thank goodness once and for all this is real.

  3. Keeps crashing on me, but I did notice that while it’s running if I right click on the window it gives me the standard Flash context menu. So, unfortunately, I’m not sure if it will be easy to integrate into something like Myth. At least no easier than the hulu site itself. Hopefully I’m wrong though.

  4. @dave && hockup
    i think that you might be able to find a US based proxy that will give you the apaerance of being in the US…

  5. @monkeyslayer56
    No, they block proxies unfortunatelly. I’m not sure exactly how they do it, but there is some check embedded in the stream so that it will only play if it detects you are in the US at your end, as well as theirs. It even has it’s own message. Rather than something like “this is not available outside of the US” it says something like “we have detected that you are using a proxy”

  6. @Urza9814
    yes something like that would work.
    Tor used to work but that is now blocked.
    Finding a FREE us based vpn is, however difficult

  7. @monkeyslayer56
    I don’t think mobilediesel was disputing that it exists, I think he was just making the point that it’s a complete and utter crock of useless shit.

  8. Yup, fullscreen flash is famously broken on Linux. I would think that primary use case would certainly be fullscreened viewing. Ergo, flash-based Hulu on Linux is crap.

  9. Hm, it appears that they are geniuses. Rather than a true fullscreen, the window maximizes to a borderless window that takes up the whole screen, which is effectively fullscreen. I’m watching Family Guy right now and it’s pretty good. Hooray!

  10. Hulu is still an US only project. Useless to me.
    I think that someone providing an internet service on geographical location of clients is doing something inherently wrong. Yes I know the RIAA is to blame, not hulu. Wrong all the same.

  11. this thing selfdestructed on my first run in ubuntu 64 bit 9.10. then ubuntu was all wack so i had to reinstall. and i vowed to never try it again. adobe needs to fix the flash shituation. i cant even modify the flash settings when im in linux. the menu pops up but its mostly unusable.

  12. jeditalian: id say use 32 bit regardless…lotta problems with 64 bit…your really not gaining alot by using it..not yet anyways… i could be wrong on that but from what ive read id stick with 32 a bit longer heh, not just to get hulu ha but if your having other problems and such id say just stick with what works for now..

  13. I know this is an older thread but has anyone used this with the new Rasbery PI device? I am looking at making a credit card sized computer that is 100% dedicated to my TV but want to see if it is worth it.. Here is the device site. Maybe someone has already tried it? http://www.raspberrypi.org

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