Jump to content


Welcome to DBSTalk


Sign In 

Create Account
Welcome to DBSTalk. Our community covers all aspects of video delivery solutions including: Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), Cable Television, and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). We also have forums to discuss popular television programs, home theater equipment, and internet streaming service providers. Members of our community include experts who can help you solve technical problems, industry professionals, company representatives, and novices who are here to learn.

Like most online communities you must register to view or post in our community. Sign-up is a free and simple process that requires minimal information. Be a part of our community by signing in or creating an account. The Digital Bit Stream starts here!
  • Reply to existing topics or start a discussion of your own
  • Subscribe to topics and forums and get email updates
  • Send private personal messages (PM) to other forum members
  • Customize your profile page and make new friends
 
Guest Message by DevFuse

Photo
- - - - -

Hulu Desktop... pretty nice!


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 OFFLINE   Steve

Steve

    Hall Of Fame

  • DBSTalk Club
  • 22,661 posts
Joined: Aug 22, 2006

Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:05 AM

Away from home so downloaded the new Hulu "desktop" app, available here for Mac and Windows. Very impressive little gadget, IMHO.

I can see why the ISP's are thinking about bandwidth caps, because if they continue to add new shows to Hulu, I could probably get away with just an IP-enabled flat panel running an app like this for a lot of my TV viewing needs.

There may be others, but I know Panasonic has one such display out there, a 65" plasma with "Vieracast" internet connectivitly built-in. Street price is about $3500. With apps like Hulu and Netflix out there, I'm guessing this technology will find it's way into lower cost displays in the near future. And of course any existing display can be retrofitted with a "black box" that serves the same purpose.

With the TV networks collaborating to provide their own content distribution, it makes me wonder how long it will be until the Comcast's, Cox's, DirecTV's and Dish's of the worlds will be impacted by IP-delivery of programming "alternatives", the same way traditional phone companies have been impacted by VOIP? /steve

...Ads Help To Support This SIte...

#2 ONLINE   Drew2k

Drew2k

    Hall Of Fame

  • DBSTalk Club
  • 14,053 posts
Joined: Aug 16, 2006

Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:24 AM

I tried this out earlier this last week and had one chief complaint: it immediately started playing a video when it was launched! That annoys me to no end, as I did not choose the video, was not asked if I wanted to play the video, and it took me forever to figure out how to pause it (there is no stop). I can't find any settings either that would prevent videos from being played at launch of the Hulu desktop app. A big no-no to me ...

#3 OFFLINE   Steve

Steve

    Hall Of Fame

  • Topic Starter
  • DBSTalk Club
  • 22,661 posts
Joined: Aug 22, 2006

Posted 31 May 2009 - 12:06 PM

Ya, agree with Drew on that. It's a little jarring. You can pause by hitting SPACE or ENTER, though first time you have to hit it twice, because the little show display needs to be maximized for cruise controls to work. That aside, I am really impressed by the smoothness and quality of the streamed video.

Search is kind of cool also. Click the spyglass and type a keyword in the search box, and you get taken to a results "wheel" that you can quickly spin through, using either the mouse wheel, or keyboard up and down arrows. Right arrow drills down further, left takes you back. Search results are relevance ranked, so a search for "House MD" starts you off with all the expected FOX House episodes and related material, but eventually wheels you down to episodes of House Hunters. Very nicely executed, IMHO. /steve
/steve

#4 OFFLINE   dave29

dave29

    Hall Of Fame

  • Registered
  • 5,903 posts
Joined: Feb 18, 2007

Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:45 PM

I downloaded this the other day, but like you guys said, the instant playing of the video is annoying. Other than that, it is a pretty cool app.

#5 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

Stuart Sweet

    The Shadow Knows!

  • Super Moderators
  • 36,906 posts
Joined: Jun 18, 2006

Posted 02 June 2009 - 07:08 AM

I'm with you gents. I like it, but am very put off by the video starting immediately.
Opinions expressed by me are my own and do not necessarily reflect
those of DBSTalk.com, DIRECTV, DISH, The Signal Group, or any other company.

#6 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

Chris Blount

    Creator of DBSTalk

  • Administrators
  • 17,190 posts
Joined: Jun 22, 2001

Posted 02 June 2009 - 07:13 AM

I tried it out yesterday and love it! Works great with the Mac using the little white remote. Very intuitive.

Yes, the auto-start video is annoying.

#7 OFFLINE   gfrang

gfrang

    Hall Of Fame

  • Registered
  • 1,335 posts
Joined: Aug 29, 2007

Posted 03 June 2009 - 12:12 PM

Where is the remote tried to find it but i must of lost it.:confused:




Protected By... spam firewall...And...