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MyMediaPlayer: Desktop media player for Hulu

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 16th 2008 10:58AM
Like watching video streams from Hulu, but don't like that you have to open a web browser to do it? Paul Yanez, the developer behind Not Apple TV, Hulu Media Player, and a Flash-based Joost clone is back, and this time he's developed a desktop player for Hulu called MyMediaPlayer.

The program is built on Adobe AIR, which is a platform for bringing web-based applications to the desktop. It provides a user experience that's a lot like browsing the Hulu web site. But it has a few advantages. First, you don't need to open a web browser. But second, you can browse for more shows while continuing playback. Just start a video and then hit the TV or Movies tab to minimize your video to the lower left hand side of the screen while you look for other videos. In order to maximize your vieo window again you need to click on a TV show name.

The one problem with MyMediaPlayer is that it uses embedded videos from Hulu. That means there's no simple way to watch videos in full screen mode. It also means that you don't have the complete Hulu library at your fingertips. You just have the selection that Yanez has manually added.

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Paul Yanez

I have heard from a few people already also thinking that was no simple way to go fullscreen, but there is a way. Because I primarily use it docked to the side of monitor, if I ever wanted to go fullscreen I would hit the maximize button of the window. I now realize that something needs to be added to make it more usable.

June 16 2008 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brad Linder

While that will make the application full screen, it doesn't make the video full screen the same way that clicking the maximize button on Hulu.com does.

Still, I'm pretty impressed with the overall user interface. I wish Hulu would release something similar.

June 16 2008 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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