Today Hulu released a new way of accessing their content: Hulu Desktop. The new downloadable application feels like a simple flash app that pulls data and content straight off of Hulu’s servers without needing to open up a browser.
Just playing with it for a while, it feels very slick and intuitive, and since it’s just a little flash application, it only clocks in at a little over 800k (yes, that’s a k, not an M). What it really means, though, is that now Hulu will have no way of blocking Boxee and similar media centers from accessing Hulu content straight on the television. Why? It’s simple: given the nature of Hulu Desktop, it would be pretty simple to just have it launch from an icon in Boxee et al, and to Hulu it will simply look like their own application is accessing the site. If nothing else, it makes one wonder why they fought these independent developers tooth and nail from accessing Hulu content on televisions, only to turn right around and make it simplicity itself.
Check out both Mac and Windows versions of the software here.