Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

Hulu Coming to Vista Media Center?

Hulu is my favorite video sites on the Internet. Why? Because I can watch almost all of my favorite shows for free, with far less advertising than television. The problem with the site is, if I want to watch it on my Vista Media Center PC, I have to go out of the 10-foot experience, and use my keyboard and mouse… which I’d really rather not do. On top of that, I can’t use it at all on my Xbox 360, because no one has built a decent browser add-on for WMC yet.

So the other day I sent Hulu an e-mail inquiring about a public API so that I could build my own Hulu add-in for Windows Media Center. This is the response that I got, verbatim:

Thanks much for the message!  We love to here [sic] from our users.  Rest assured we certainly have plans in the works to support a living room experience.  We will definitely keep users in the loop as those progress.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before you will be able to lean back (with remote) and enjoy Hulu.
Hulu Distribution Team

While that doesn’t solve my immediate problem, it is good to hear that the Hulu team is forward-thinking enough to include Vista in their distribution plans. When I hear any more about this, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, does anyone else out there use Hulu? What do you think about it?



  • June 23, 2008 1:31 PM
  • Kevin said:

    I tried it. Hated it. Low-res, pixelated movies tied to my computer. No thanks.

    June 23, 2008 3:36 PM
  • How is it tied to your computer? They're streamed... just in that you can't take them anywhere?

    June 23, 2008 4:04 PM
  • Kit said:

    Fix that supid region restriction first!

    June 23, 2008 9:26 PM
  • Nicko said:

    I'm sure I'd love it if I could get it in Australia. You got me all excited.

    June 24, 2008 2:12 AM
  • David P said:

    Its OK but hopefully the quality of the videos will improve.

    June 24, 2008 8:56 AM
  • Ogre said:

    I won't use it until there's a MCE interface.

    June 24, 2008 12:34 PM
  • There’s no need to wait for Netflix and Microsoft to officially ink an Xbox 360 deal. Yesterday, Lifehacker

    July 8, 2008 1:24 PM
  • Jimmy said:

    To those of you complaining about the quality: for most videos, after they start playing, there is a 480p button to the right of the video. The quality truly is DVD quality or near-DVD quality. It's certainly better than iTunes' video quality.

    July 12, 2008 11:30 AM
  • Joel Asher said:

    Do you guys have any problems running hulu with vista?  Mine stutters all the time.  I've disabled the pop-up blocker but it doesn't improve.  I have no problem with other streaming media.  Any thoughts?

    September 4, 2008 9:21 PM
  • Victor B said:

    I love HULU and can't wait for a solution for media center. I also have netflix and a xbox 360 however I find allot more things on Hulu than I do with netflix instant watch library. So in this way I think hulu is better also hulu has an option of watching a video in either low res or his res (480 i think this is dvd quality) which netflix doe not.

    Has anyone used Joost? is there a way to use this through media center? Also what about tv channels that have their own streaming episodes is there a way to get them into media center? That would be ideal for me so I can just get rid or cable (and the $70 a month bill)

    September 14, 2008 8:13 PM