philly_phenom wrote:I see no use for Hulu Plus since it doesn't carry any of the cable channel content (USA, SyFy, etc). Why do I want to pay $10 a month for stuff I can record off my antenna for free?
For old shows, I just use Netflix.
Well, many people can get little or no content by antenna; I am one of those. I live in an apartment in a rural area with zero signal on all over the air chs.
Therefore my current choices are satellite or cable (Both too expensive) or some type of internet solution.
The advantage of Hulu is that it centralizes much of the content I want but much all of that content is also available on the ch's websites.
I use both a computer hooked up to my HD tv and a ViewNow pod with Playon.
I very much prefer the Roku to the ViewNow but, right now, there is no way to get Hulu on my Roku.
There are a few intriguing possibilities that could bring Hulu to the Roku:
1 - Make a DLNA ch on the Roku that would allow Playon to be used. This is not real likely as DLNA support requires some components that are not available, curently, to developers.
2 - Make a direct Hulu ch on the Roku. I don't know if this is possible with the current development systems but most of Hulu's content does not stream in a format directly playanle on the Rolu; Unless the new mobile support is in a usable format.
3 - Since Playon, and other servers, produce an intermediate file that is what is actually streamed to the various devices it may be possible to have an existing, or new, ch use this file as a source. While providing an artificial interface to tell Hulu what to play through Playon, or other server.
4 - Have Hulu write a ch for the Roku and, therefore, provide the streams in proper form.
Of these the best would be #4 as that would mean no clumsy workarounds and less chance to be suddenly broken by upgrades or changes at any point along the chain.
I do not know what is possible but Hulu, and by extension Hulu+, would be a valuable addition to the Roku set of chs.
Oh, by the way, if anyone wants a tester for the early stages of a Hulu ch I would be more than willing and able. My Roku is mostly kept in developer mode for testing for others so one more would not matter.
And I deal with occasional crashes and glitches on a regular basis.