updated 11:25 am EDT, Fri May 29, 2009
Hulu desktop app hits
Hulu, jointly operated by NBC, Fox and Disney, has launched a new desktop application meant to simplify streaming the site's video. Mac and Windows versions are available, supporting Front Row and Windows Media Center remotes, respectively; aside from controlling playback the software provides a special tracking display, and a distinct menu for browsing categories and subscriptions. Windows systems require XP, 2GB of RAM and a 1.8GHz Core Duo, while Macs differ by needing a 2GHz Core Duo and at least Mac OS X 10.4.
The creators of Boxee meanwhile say that with the launch of an official Hulu app, they hope to reintegrate support into their own software. The option has been blocked on and off again by Hulu, whose parent companies are said to be worried about lost revenue schemes when streaming to a TV. Mac, Linux and Apple TV versions of Boxee are currently available, and a Windows edition is planned for June.