Is Hulu Coming to Media Center?

I don’t
believe that Hulu
has a large interest in Media Center, but those very same
mockup’s that show Media Center’s “PCTV” marketing also show Hulu as a key
experience.  My guess is that the material
Microsoft provided to Lippincott said
Media Center provides an Internet TV experience, and the designers took that as
Media Center providing access to the most popular service for online TV shows.

I don’t believe that the content providers are interested in
seeing Hulu on the big screen as it would jeopardize traditional content
delivery.  Hulu’s entry into the 10-foot
UI marketplace is heavily designed around the desktop PC, and their TOS
makes that very clear.

3 thoughts on “Is Hulu Coming to Media Center?

  1. I also saw that lil Hulu nugget in the above pics and asked myself many of the same questions.

    I personally think that Hulu will fall in line and come to MCE. Advertisers are comfortable with a TV-style distribution method(obviously). They’ve been paying big bucks for ads on TV for decades. With their in-video ads on Hulu, I can’t see why they wouldn’t be interested in getting their content out to more people in a more stable and user-friendly/traditional way. The introduction of Hulu desktop a few weeks ago proves that Hulu is indeed keen on getting out of the browser, and that they have the drive to do things like remote control functionality and designing a true 10-foot interface.

    I personally think that their TOS prohibits using Hulu outside of the browser because they’re about to provide an official MCE plug-in. Even if they don’t, launching Hulu desktop from within MCE isn’t the end of the world. At least my remote works.

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