Hulu Desktop

Hulu Desktop Beta 0.9.14.1

Watch TV shows on your desktop with ease

Hulu Desktop is a great tool that allows you to watch television shows, video clips, and movies from the comfort of your desktop, without ever having to open a web browser. View full description

PROS

  • Provides recommendations based on your picks
  • Add shows to a queue for later viewing
  • Rate episodes and shows
  • Partial and full screen view

CONS

  • Only available in the USA

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Hulu Desktop is a great tool that allows you to watch television shows, video clips, and movies from the comfort of your desktop, without ever having to open a web browser.

One of the nicest things about Hulu Desktop is the simplicity of its interface. Even absolute video streaming beginners should have no difficulties browsing and watching the television shows and movies of their choice.

Upon start-up, Hulu Desktop will show you a preview of either a movie or a television show. Fortunately, you don't even have to wait for it to be done to start browsing. Just click on one of the three buttons underneath the preview and be on your way. If you have an online Hulu profile already set up, you can also log into it on Hulu Desktop and the program will load any information you had saved online. This is a definite benefit for people who are already hardcore web-based Hulu users.

The Start Watching button will play whatever preview Hulu Desktop just showed you during your initial start-up. If you're a returning user and were in the middle of a program the last time you closed out, your program will conveniently begin playing right where it left off. You can also search for specific programs to watch, if you know what you're looking for.

If you're less certain, Hulu Desktop's multitude of category search options impressive. You can sort Hulu Desktop's inventory by name, date and popularity. In addition, you can browse television shows specifically by the channels or networks they're shown on, as well as limit your search to full episodes.

If you like what you've seen, Hulu Desktop allows you to rate movies and television shows by choosing between one and five stars. Each program Hulu Desktop brings you also allows you to search for related shows via a recommendations bar. This is a great way to browse titles, read the short descriptions, and add the ones that look interesting to your personalized queue for later viewing. Since Hulu Desktop allows you to log in with your web-based profile or even create a new profile, it will save your settings for each time you start up the program.

Unfortunately, Hulu Desktop can only be used while you're connected to the internet. If not, it won't stream your videos. Another frequent user complaint is that certain networks have not allowed Hulu Desktop to show more than short clips of their episodes that range in length from 1 to 5 minutes. If you're dying to catch a repeat of your favorite CBS television show on Hulu Desktop, for example, you'll be out of luck. This is more an issue with specific networks than it is a negative critique of the shows Hulu Desktop does have to offer, however. The shows Hulu Desktop does have available encompass quite a wide variety and the video and sound quality are superb.

Hulu Desktop is a fantastic option for streaming movies and TV shows from your PC's desktop.

Hulu Desktop

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Hulu Desktop Beta 0.9.14.1

— User reviews — about Hulu Desktop

  • spikedaman39

    by spikedaman39

    "This is great! Can't beat this"

    It's a great option to be able to watch TV shows that we missed. I originally saw the commercial during superbowl. My ... More.

    reviewed on December 12, 2010