is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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This is truly an unfortunate situation. Hulu’s film and TV archive was the most comprehensive index available on Boxee, and had the least glitches and easiest integration (at least in my experience). As they said on the Boxee blog, “people love watching many of their favorite shows on Hulu via boxee. last week we generated more than 100,000 streams for themЁ”. Keeping in mind that these are Boxee users, that’s a lot of disappointed, out-spoken, tech-savvy fans.
I’ve been running Boxee for months now on OS X as well as 32- and 64-bit versions of Linux, and the only thing that has grown faster than Boxee itself is the community foaming at the mouth for a solid release. The near future will undoubtedly bring full Netflix functionality, a few crucial bug and crash fixes, and stronger networking support, and I think that Boxee users will inevitably learn to live without the Hulu channel and its goodies. After all, they can always go to Hulu.com (even though it involves using the, ahem, mouse).
And even though I’ve enjoyed Hulu on many occasions, I’d have to say that their request to leave the Boxee family is probably a sign that they didn’t belong there in the first place. If they have to splice commercials into their features, you’d think they could at least normalize the volume so you didn’t have to mute the commercials or cover your ears. We’re trying to get AWAY from real TV, remember?
On Friday, Lifehacker posted instructions on how to restore Hulu on Boxee yourself.
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