Hulu Desktop Screenshot

Hulu Desktop Screenshot

I just took a look at Hulu Desktop. Its a flash application, so its speed is nothing special. When its in the background it doesn’t always play smoothly. Its kind of cool setup, I imagine its just a flash app for now to cut down on Mac+PC development time but without any hardware acceleration its not superior to the web interface. The one cool thing is that its pretty easy to navigate just with the keyboard. If your not running anything else then its a lot like turning your computer into a TV temporarily. Its not really superior to using the web browser version if you are running your web browser anyway. I took a look at all the resources in the program, it seems to be created directly from flash, no signs of mprojector anyway. Top right check out that it uses way more resources than firefox with 4 tabs one of them playing hulu. Seems like it uses more and more memory with each show that plays. Check out the great forced update dialog I found!

Hulu Forced Update

1 VERSIONINFO
FILEVERSION 0,9,3,1
PRODUCTVERSION 0,9,3,1
FILEOS 0x4
FILETYPE 0x1
{
BLOCK "StringFileInfo"
{
BLOCK "040904e4"
{
VALUE "CompanyName", "Hulu LLC"
VALUE "FileDescription", "Hulu Desktop Host"
VALUE "FileVersion", "0.9.3.1"
VALUE "InternalName", "Host"
VALUE "LegalCopyright", "Copyright 2009 Hulu LLC"
VALUE "OriginalFilename", "Host.exe"
VALUE "ProductName", "Hulu Desktop"
VALUE "ProductVersion", "0.9.3.1"
}
}

Of course the idea that hulu is just some LLC is a bit misleading.