Hulu offers streaming videos of TV shows and movies online for free. It has a desktop application for both Windows and Macs. The videos are currently offered to users in United States only. Sadly, there is no official desktop application available for Linux users. But you can still watch Hulu on your Ubuntu Linux desktop by using Boxee. For those who don’t know, it is a social media center that offers Hulu along with many other channels to be watched for free. It has a robust interface where you can enjoy various TV Shows, Movies, and Music.
To install Boxee you will have to first register with them. Once registration is complete, you will receive an email containing your login details. Now to install Boxee on Ubuntu, follow the below steps:
Go to System > Administration > Software Sources.
Next select “Third-Party Software” Tab and click “Add”.
Enter “deb http://apt.boxee.tv jaunty main” in the APT box and click “Add Sources”.
Now open Terminal and enter the following command to install Boxee.
apt-get install boxee
Once the process is complete, you can load Boxee from Applications > Sound & Video > Boxee.
Boxee will prompt for user name and password. Use login details which you received via email.
Once you are logged in, click at Boxee on the left sidebar and navigate to Videos > Internet.
From the list of channels, click on Hulu Feed as shown in the screenshot below.
Now once the loading is complete, you will find all TV Show and Movies on Hulu. You can browse by alphabets, popular episodes, popular clips, recently added, etc. There is also a build-in Hulu search option.
That’s all. Remember that this feature is not available for those living outside US, but you can access channels other than Hulu. Enjoy!