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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Choices, Choices...Netflix or HuluPlus or Both?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:30 AM

"The streaming content wars are heating up, and thus far it seems to come down to one of two worthy contenders: Venerable DVD-by-mail provider Netflix in one corner, slugging it out with ad-supported, studio-funded rival Hulu Plus, who earlier this month brought their popular service to iOS devices (and more) at long last."

I'm a big fan of Netflix, the DVD service as well as the streaming option, and now that I've received my HuluPlus invite I'll be trying this out as well. Each has different advantages, Netflix having the upper hand when it comes to movies, and HuluPlus for the TV shows. For a total of less than 20 bucks per month for both it's a pretty good package if you watch enough TV to make it worthwhile. I still wish I could get rid of my Dish service, and it is getting closer and closer all the time.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Free Hulu App Now Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:53 AM

"The free Hulu Plus app just hit the iTunes App store, kids, with the promise of 720p streaming over WiFi or 3G to iOS devices including the iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and 3rd generation iPod touch."

Can't wait to give this a try, especially since it is free [link] and provides limited free viewing. Soon they will be setting the monthly subscription for around $10.00 USD and it's only available now in the U.S.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hulu for iPad Delayed

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"Originally rumored to launch as soon as next week, Hulu's planned $10-a-month subscription service for advance content and access via an iPad application remains in the works."

But they are delaying it now, with sources inside Hulu saying there is "no way" it will be ready for the previously announced May 24th launch. The talk around town is that Hulu plans to offer a subscription plan for access on the iPad via an application versus using the browser. Hulu also is not jumping on the HTML5 bandwagon, at least for now, and keeping its Flash based player. I, for one, am very interested in seeing what they come up with.

Tags: software, , hulu, ipad

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

ABC on Hulu

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"We knew that Dinsey bought a piece of Hulu recently, but we didn't know when they would start putting content on the site. Wonder no more because Disney's ABC content is up on Hulu starting today. First up is Grey's Anatomy."

And so it begins. Glad to see they finally got some content on Hulu, however limited it is right now. I liked watching to keep up with Lost (due to Dish Network losing ABC in my area for a period of time), but having to click to continue after the advertisements played got annoying at times. However, the resolution will only be 480p on Hulu, so if you want HD you will have to go back to the ABC site. So either put up with clicking to continue on ABC to get HD or suffer a little on the resolution at Hulu and get more convenience.

Friday, May 29, 2009

NBC Unleashes Hulu Desktop App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"NBC's online video site, Hulu, has launched a desktop app that allows Mac users to watch Hulu content without using a web browser, and with full Apple Remote support. After all of the boxee nastiness, I'm a bit surprised by the development. That doesn't mean this isn't still exciting."

I just downloaded this on my MBP, and I must say it works great! Love the clean interface and it is very responsive. You do have to manually turn off any screen savers, but the Apple Remote works perfectly with it. Hulu has a version for Windows and one for Macs, so either way you are covered. I don't use Hulu a lot, typically for a few shows like Parks and Recreation or Fight Girls, shows that I can't get on my DVR for various reasons. Now when I use it, the viewing experience is going to be so much nicer.

Monday, May 4, 2009

ABC/Disney Buy 30% Stake in Hulu

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"ABC is officially jumping on the Hulu bandwagon with the announcemnt of a 30% purchase in the entity. While this is great for us Mac users who love Lost and other ABC programming, it is even better for those of us with an iPhone."

With this deal ABC/Disney gets 3 seats on the board, along with NBC/Universal, News Corp. and Providence. Hulu really has become more successful than the "experts" predicted since it's inception in 2007, and is now the number 3 video site after YouTube and Fox Interactive Media. This deal certainly livens up the competition between Hulu and the Google/CBS owned Add to the mix the rumored Hulu App coupled with Steve Jobs place as the largest Disney Shareholder, and it sounds to me like this news is really going to stir the proverbial pot for speculation!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hulu Coming to the iPhone? Maybe... Hopefully...

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"Hulu is in the process of developing an app for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPod touch, we have learned from a plugged-in industry executive. The app is coming soon (within a few months) and is "badass" -- as excellent as Hulu's Web site. Video will work over both wi-fi and 3G, we're told."

Hulu? iPhone? Badass? Sign me up!

I remember when Hulu was first introduced. It was the laughing stock of the world from tech pundits whose heads were permanently implanted inversely into the other end of their body. People like Leo Laporte trashed Hulu simply because you couldn't take your video with you! No power user would use this crap!

Fast forward a few years later and Hulu is a monster success for Universal and Fox, and people who use it love it. Goes to show that you shouldn't get your opinions from dopey tech pundits.

Now dopey bloggers... Well... That's another story! (wink wink)

Tags: software, iphone, hulu

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Boxee Releases New Alpha Update

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"Do-it-all media software Boxee just got a new update that should have Apple users jumping for joy. It incorporates elements from recent test releases and is now relatively bug-free compared to early antecedents. Those elements include Hulu and Pandora integration, as well as other App Box releases."

In the ongoing battle, this update fixes the Hulu problem, at least until it is broken again. They are using the new XULRunner browser to get around Hulu's playback limitation. This will also enable Boxee to play any video you can find by adding URLs with video RSS feeds as the source. This also supports Pandora, PBS and RadioTime. There has also been a public release of the official API so that anyone can develop plug-ins for the software. I need to get on the stick and hack my AppleTV.

Monday, March 30, 2009

ABC Coming to Hulu?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"We're big fans of video-streaming site Hulu-heck, we gave it an Eddy Award last year-but if there's one area in which the service sometimes falls short, it's the selection. Sure, there's plenty of content from NBC, FOX, and all their adorable little netlets, but that's because each of those companies owns a substantial stake of Hulu."

Back in February of this year, Hulu pulled all CBS content after CBS launched, and now ABC is in talks to bring their content to Hulu, in exchange for an ownership position. I'm all for getting as much content as possible on the net to make it easier to access. I've about had it with Dish and Directv for various reasons but I'm limited in what I can get where I live so I'm stuck with one of them (currently Dish, although their lack of ABC programming because they can't reach an "equitable solution" with Fisher Broadcasting is causing me to consider going back to Directv).

Tags: tv, disney, abc, hulu

Monday, March 9, 2009

Boxee Releases Bleeding-Edge Update

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"My favorite media center software, boxee, has just released a new alpha update for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 users and Apple TV users. This update, which the boxee team classifies as bleeding-edge (which means, if you don't want to deal with any potential bugs, wait for the more stable release scheduled for March 24, 2009) adds the "App Box" -- boxee's version of the App Store, automatic updates, and most excitingly, a new video-optimized RSS reader."

In addition, you can use the new RSS reader to access the Hulu's public RSS feeds directly from Boxee. If you recall, two weeks ago Boxee was forced to remove Hulu from it's service, but the hackers were on top of it and came up with a workaround. That didn't last long though before it was broke, so they fixed it again. And again.

The process for adding content has gotten easier apparently, and if you are interested in loading up this latest version you can head over to Boxee for it. I would love to see this on the Apple TV but I'm just not comfortable hacking mine. I may end up doing it soon though if some quality updates don't come through for it from Apple.

Tags: rss, apple tv, hulu, boxee, os x

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hulu on Boxee? Not after February 20th!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"As a boxee user/proselytizer, I am gutted over the latest news: Hulu will be removed from boxee as of Friday (February 20, 2009). Hulu gives some insight into its request for removal from boxee in its blog post and at least Hulu seems to understand that this decision will be extremely unpopular for users. And I think that's an understatement."

"Content Providers" are the underlying reason for this, as well as the removal of Hulu from, the CBS portal that started in January. I would have thought they would have been overjoyed with the exposure, but it comes down to the almighty dollar, or lack thereof. Providers don't make anything from the Boxee web ads, they get their revenue from the cable companies subscriber fees and network ads. This seems short sighted to me, as I seriously doubt that someone watching Hulu on Boxee is going to suddenly go out and become a cable subscriber. I'm pretty sure they will find another way to access it, like via Front Row.

Tags: tv, hulu, boxee

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Netflix and Hulu on Front Row? Yep.

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

"Anyone with a Mac surely appreciates the fluidity of the Front Row experience, but what about when you want to stream free/subscription content? Well, Understudy allows streaming of Netflix and Hulu right into Front Row."

There ya go. If you're a Hulu or Netflix Stream Instantly fan, this is your lucky day! I for one use both, and will definitely be adding Understudy very shortly.

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