Meet your new productivity killer: Hulu Desktop

Hulu has never been a friend to workplace efficiency, but
now it’s taking things to a whole new level. The streaming video site has just
introduced a new
desktop application, letting users watch the site’s catalog of
films and TV shows without the use of a Web browser.Hulu

The application acts a lot like Windows Media Center,
letting you control your viewing experience with an Apple remote or Windows
Media remote (or, for traditionalists, your keyboard and mouse). You may not be
able to stream live television, but it’s an easy way to catch up on that
episode of “House” you missed last night.

Desktop loads fast and has a great user interface. Want to
skip to a particular scene? Thumbnails pop up as you move your mouse along the
scrubber. Want to get information about what you’re watching, turn on close
captioning or submit a rating? Just click the screen to pause all of those
options (and more) are at your fingertips. (Click on the thumbnail above for a closer look.)

The menu structure of the application is well laid-out, as
well, giving you a number of ways to find content that’s of interest.

The downside? You’re going to need some horsepower to run
Hulu Desktop. The system requires 2 GB of RAM and a 1.8Ghz processor for the PC
or 2Ghz processor for Mac users. You’ll also need an Internet connection of at
least 2Mbps.

A boatload of free time might come in handy, too.

What’s particularly interesting about this is people with
wide screen monitors can now watch Hulu programming fullscreen, recreating the
living room television experience. It won’t replace TV as we know it anytime
soon, but it’s a notable step forward for Hulu.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 1

Leave a Reply

1 Comment

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Chris Ronk says:

    This is all fine and good but I just can’t sit at my computer for hours watching streaming content.
    If they can make an app that works with my IP enabled BlueRay player like Netflix; I’m there.

More Digital News from Variety

Loading