How to Watch Hulu on XBox 360
I have a pretty good sized computer screen. It's 20 inches. It's a great size for working on, but compared to my 42 inch high definition Samsung television, it doesn't cut it. So when I miss a show when it airs and want to watch it on Hulu, I'd prefer to just watch Hulu on my TV. Problem is, Hulu isn't really set up for that. But if you happen to own an XBox 360, you can watch Hulu on your XBox with some additional software.
Let's get one thing straight. You don't need to do anything to the XBox 360 console. The software is going to run on your desktop and as long as you have your console and your PC networked, it should be a piece of cake to watch your favorite Hulu videos on your HD TV -- at least until Hulu decides to change things again and breaks the feature. But for now, it works!
Here's what you need to watch Hulu on XBox 360.
PlayOn Digital Media Server
PlayOn is what I currently use to watch Hulu on my XBox 360. In addition to acting as a media server, PlayOn can also let you watch Hulu on your Wii, or Playstation 3, so it will work with whatever console you prefer. That's handy for me because when I travel I bring my Wii with me since it packs up so easily. The XBox 360 stays at home.
To make use of PlayOn you need to have your videogame console networked with your PC. For the Wii, that is easy since it already has wireless enabled. So if you have a router at home, you can get your Wii online quickly and easily.
To network the XBox 360, I just use a long cable to link it to my router since the XBox doesn't have wireless natively. But you can buy a Wireless dongle from Microsoft if your console isn't near your router or if you just hate wires.
Once you are networked, all you need to do is download the PlayOn software and run it and your XBox 360 should quickly recognize it. To watch Hulu, you just go to the Video Library and select PlayOn and then scroll through your options.
In addition to Hulu, you can watch content from a variety of sources, including Netfix and Amazon Video on Demand, as well as Hulu. This is great if you don't have a Gold Membership on XBox, as you'll be able to use Netflix on your 360 without having to upgrade.
How much does it cost: PlayOn has a 14 day free trial and then after that it is $39.99 for the first year and then $19.99 annually.
Caveats: PlayOn is Windows only. And, Hulu is US only. Live in Canada and can't watch Hulu? Check out some Canadian Hulu alternatives to try.
PlayOn on the XBox 360
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