So from what I remember for a long time hulu didn’t want exactly this, hulu content played back on our TV’s. Well they must have finally seen the light, with a growing market for paid for options such as playon or TVersity and of course the awesome and free Boxee it’s time they turned to the dark side and realized that the newer generations are more into the pleasures of on-demand viewing, watching the content you want to watch, when you want to watch it!
It’s high time the networks realized this as well with item’s such as Tivo (and I’ve loved mine!) having been and succeeding in the market for years, that on demand viewing is what the customer wants, and almost every cable provider now offers there own DVR’s as well. Why not just have it streaming and instantly available without having to remember to record it?
Well the folks at Hulu have finally done just that, and are releasing (under special circumstances which I’ll get into in a bit) The “Hulu Plus (Preview)” it’s free (for a limited time I’m guessing) and you have to be both a hulu Plus Subscriber, as well as a Playstation Plus member (both of those are also pay for services) so all in all it’s not “Free” but eh, at least the app is looking like it’s going to see the light of day.
This is exciting! – Stay tuned! (I’m on the list for an invite to Hulu Plus, but if you have an invitation referral code, please feel free to contact me!)
So being I have a new aspire revo 3160 that I’m using as a new media pc on my TV, I wanted the experience to be as smooth for most of the actions as possible being I’m using a keyboard (or the web ui for boxee) I wanted to be able to start a video played from a folder using VLC to start in full screen mode.
This will be the first installment of these media tips as I plan on preparing many to help others enjoy there lightweight and silent media pc’s using Linux.
So I’m going to assume you already have VLC Media player installed, if not quickly just type in:
sudo apt-get install vlc
Now let’s open a folder holding your video files. Right click one and go to properties on the bottom of the pop up menu.
Next choose the Open With tab.
Another window will pop up and at the very bottom you’ll see an option to Use a Custom Command. Select that.
In the text field that appears type in the following noting that there is 2 dashes not just one.
And click the Add button when finished.Open With
Now let’s right click the file again and this time you’ll see another option from the Open With tab that we just created.
Select the new VLC entry and your file will be opened in VLC running full screen automatically!
Do take into account that this only works for each file extension that you select it to, so if you want it to do this over multiple file types, you’ll need to set this as the default Open With option for each of them.
IE: if you’ve done this on an .avi file, you’ll also need to do this for the .mpeg files .mov files, etc. However the full screen option is already available, it just needs to be set in the Open With tab for each t
Just because I know people like media, here’s a quick video overview of how the acer aspire revo 3160 works with boxee 64 bit on linux (Ubuntu 10.04 – 64 bit) using both a wireless (RF) keyboard / multi-touch trackpad and a Samsung Moment running Google’s Android Phone OS and the Boxee Web Remote v1.0 application from the marketplace by Sunil Sadasivan which work’s GREAT! (phew that was a long lead in!)
I’ve been VERY Pleased with the performance of this machine, and it’s alot more responsive after swapping out Windows 7 for Ubuntu 10.04, however I’ve been toying with trying out the netbook edition, as it looks like the interface might be a little better for distant navigation, however I haven’t taken that step yet. (give it time lol!) Also it looks like it’s going to be easy to open being there’s only one screw under a sticker on the bottom keeping the thing snapped together. Yea hardware swapping! I’m thinking an SSD hd and changing from 2 to 4 gig’s of ram should really show this tiny pc off the way it should!
I am having issues getting wireless working under Ubuntu 10.04 however have read that other’s seem to be having issues with the wired connection. Mine worked fine out of the box under Ubuntu however I’ve read that other’s running the older 9.x Karmic wifi drivers worked fine?! So a little research (and a cheap usb wifi dongle that works great!) will do for now, but I’ll keep you updated on getting the internal wifi working.
On a good note, HDMI Audio works fine, and shows up in the sound preferences by default.
So I just ran across a nice use of the google maps overlaying the BP oil leak coverage over your own home town.
Now no I don’t live in Modesto like I put in the map image I just wanted to get a good fit for the spill and the shape of California.
The images were from http://www.ifitwasmyhome.com/ (not that you couldn’t read it in the screenshot’s but w/e) Very good representation of the sheer size of the issue.