Boxee who?  Hulu releases Hulu Desktop for Mac and Windows

Hulu Desktop is a “lean-back viewing experience for your personal computer,” Hulu Labs explains. It features a sleek new look that’s optimized for use with Apple or Windows Media Center remote controls, “allowing you to navigate Hulu’s entire library with just six buttons.”

MacDailyNews Take: Which sounds very familiar:

Direct link to video via YouTube here.

For users without remotes, the application is keyboard and mouse-enabled. Hulu Desktop is a downloadable application and will work on Macs and even PCs. It will initially launch as a beta product during which Hulu plans to gather and incorporate user feedback to improve the service.

Hulu Desktop Mac requirements:
• Intel Pentium Core Duo 2.0GHz is what Hulu states in one place, in their FAQ, it’s: Intel Pentium Core Duo 2.4GHz (or equivalent)
• 2.0 GB RAM minimum
• Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later
• 2 Mbps Internet connection or greater
• Flash 9.0.124

More info and download links here.

The fine folks at boxee are having the appropriate conniption fit, as one reader succinctly put it: “First [Hulu] drops boxee, then they release their own app, then their app slanders Boxee,” here.

Interestingly, NBC Universal CEO Jeff “Two Faced” Zucker (spelled with a capital “F”) talked about Hulu and boxee just this morning at the D7 conference. Peter Kafka reports for AllThingsD, “Zucker says Hulu, the joint venture between GE’s NBC, News Corp.’s Fox and soon, Disney’s ABC, still doesn’t want Hulu on Boxee.”

Kafka reports, “During his D7 interview with Kara Swisher today, Zucker was asked about the company’s stance on Boxee, which it is trying to keep Hulu-free, with limited success: ‘Right now we’re committed to Hulu being an online experience, and that’s where our vision is today, and I think that will continue.'”

Full article here.

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