"Bring Hulu videos back to Boxee"
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Bring Hulu videos back to Boxee
>> Boxee is a great service for turning any computer or even the Apple TV into a way to watch a lot of online video including the very popular Hulu service; that is, until lately when Hulu made Boxee remove its videos from the service. But that's not the end of the story. I'm Tom Merritt from cnet.com and I'm going to show you how to get some of those missing videos back into Boxee on this edition of Insider Secrets.
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>> Thanks to Jake Marsh who developed a plug-in for Mac OS10 users which he warns is a little buggy, but he rushed it out to save you TV show-starved Boxee users. Now while the plug-in is pretty it only works on Max. A less buggy and more platform-agnostic solution is Jake's special RSS feed to Boxee which works nicely for Apple TV, Windows pc's and pretty much anything Boxee runs on. First, make sure you have the most recent version of Boxee. This didn't work on my old version. In Boxee, go into settings and then media sources and applications. Click on manually add source. I'm going to call the Source TV library, that's the name of Jake's plug-in, and he's nice enough to let us use the RSS feed without it so why not. In the source URL put RSS: slash-slash the JakeMarsh.com-slash Boxee just like that. Check the box next to video, click add and Boxee will tell you that media source was successfully added. Thank you Boxee. Now go to video, then Internet, click on TV library and the first time you click, Jake warns it may hang for a bit because there are a lot of titles in the feed. Once it's loaded you'll have a huge list of shows. Click through to the show and you'll see a huge list of episodes usually. You may even have a choice of sources for one particular episode. Now Jake doesn't guarantee that every video is going to work. He's polling these videos from a lot of sources besides Hulu in an effort to provide a complete library; so if a video goes dead at the source, he can't really do anything about it. And that's something to be aware of here. The majority of videos in TV library are of let's say questionable origin. For instance, Star Trek has only two episodes listed in TV library but you can legally stream every episode from the CBS channel on Boxee. Now there's another Hulu plug-in mentioned by Life Hacker which attempts to restore the actual Hulu videos to Boxee but when I installed it, even when I changed the named of the plug-in from Hulu to something, it only showed me a sorry message from Boxee. Hopefully, TV library can tide you over until Hulu and Boxee repair their relationship and hey wouldn't it be nice if everybody let us stream this stuff legally with their ads in it instead of even being tempted to go elsewhere? That's it for this Insider's Secret. I'm Tom Merritt, cnet.com.
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