Hulu on Boxee


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The news has been active in recent weeks in the streaming set-top box market, with the release of both the Google TV enabled Logitech Revue and the Boxee Box. Unfortunately, the fanfare that should be accompanying these products has been overshadowed by news that the major networks have managed to block nearly all of their content from being accessed on these devices.

This affects not only the early adopters who have dropped hundreds of dollars on the new hardware, but also users who use Boxee’s software on their own devices. If you try to access Hulu content via Boxee, you’re greeted with this blocking message and a vague promise that you’ll at some point be allowed to pay to use Hulu Plus on the device.

Hulu is still accessible on via the Boxee Browser app, however I find the experience to be incredibly cumbersome and irritating to use.

Thankfully, Boxee has provided something of a workaround, by choosing Fancast (a streaming site run by the cable company Comcast) as its new “recommended” source for most Hulu content.

For the most part, it works fairly well (though at this point there is no fast forwarding or rewinding). HD shows run full screen, but for some reason standard definition shows have bars on the left and right of the picture that prevent it from stretching to fill the screen.

Thankfully, the workaround for this just a simple tweak of your video settings. Start off by clicking the gear icon to access your settings.

Next, select “Video” to enter the video settings menu.

Select “Show Advanced”.

Finally, adjust the “Zoom Amount” slider until the picture fills the screen.

Hopefully, the Boxee folks will be able to get their Fancast streams working correctly soon, making this workaround unnecessary.

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