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Hulu player update and SecondRun.tv
Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 | By: Yaggs
As many of you might know... Hulu released a new version of their player yesterday... I have update the provider information for Hulu on SecondRun.tv to correctly point to the new locations for the full screen button... the new player has a different setup for the option to put the video into 480 mode... SecondRun cannot currently set that option using the remote control... but you can always just set your preference in the system to use 480 for the video size by default... that is what you will need to do if you are currently using SecondRun to watch Hulu content in Media Center (if you haven't done that already).
 
Content Update is Out...
Posted: Monday, October 19, 2009 | By: Yaggs
I finally posted the updated database of content to the site... There is no need to update anything... the content will just show up on your SecondRun automatically... the biggest new stuff is all the new Fall TV shows and ABC content!  The artwork is a work in progress...
 
Content Update coming by the weekend...
Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 | By: Yaggs
Long time no post... I have had 0 time to even mess with SecondRun in the last few months... Things have been very busy for me at work and my kids have started up Pop Warner football again... time is just in short supply.  SecondRun doesn't pay the bills and is a hobby for me that costs me money just to keep up and running.  I just want to let everyone know that I have no intention of just dropping SecondRun... I am trying to find a good way for it to exist right now... there are several issues:
 
1.) With Hulu Desktop now available ALOT of what SecondRun does is redundent... Sure it is a native Media Center interface but Hulu Desktop has access to ALL of their content... without constant updates that just isn't possible for us to do here.
 
2.) We still can't play flash video over extenders... that just isn't happening anytime soon and there are not good work arounds either... so SecondRun will not be playing Hulu content on extenders unless something changes here.
 
I have a big update to the website done that will allow users to add networks and content that isn't available in the base content of SecondRun but that isn't fully tested yet... I can't release it without a good deal of testing so there are some big changes coming I just haven't had the time to make sure that they are working the way they need to be.
 
ALSO... with all the new shows and seasons starting up this week and the next few weeks I will be loading a bunch of new content into SecondRun... that new content will be up and ready by the end of the weekend. 
 
I hope to have an update of the app soon but all the new content will be coming by the end of the weekend time permitting.  Thanks to everyone who has supported this project and continues to support this project.  I will continue to look for ways to make SecondRun more unique and justify its existance outside of something like Hulu Desktop.  If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for features in SecondRun (other than extender support) feel free to drop them here.
 
Thanks,
 
Yaggs
 
Donation Drive!
Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2009 | By: Yaggs
Help keep SecondRun.tv going!  Since SecondRun.tv is free and will always be free I am paying the bill for the hosting of the web services that run SecondRun.tv.  It costs about $100 / month to run SecondRun.tv so any amout anyone can donate helps!
 
I can't say thank you enough to everyone who has already donated!
 
If you feel like you can help and donate any amout of money the cause then use DONATE button on the right hand side of this page!
 
I'm not gone... just busy...
Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 | By: Yaggs
I just wanted to post a quick note to let everyone know that I am still here and working on SecondRun but I have been really busy lately... kids are finishing up the school year and things have been busy at work... I just haven't had a ton of time to devote to SecondRun.
 
I will be posting a new build in a few days that hopefully will open up the app and allow users to add their own content to the system (private to their user)... I am still in the testing phases though.
 
More to come in a few days...
 
HuluDesktopWMC - Just released new plugin...
Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 | By: Yaggs

I just wrote a quick plugin to allow you to launch the new Hulu Desktop application inside Media Center... Since Hulu Desktop works with a remote this will make it feel like it is just a Media Center application!
 
Sorry... it doesn't work on Extenders... Hulu Desktop was written completely in Flash and that doesn't work correctly on Extenders.
 
But hey... this will give everyone yet another way to watch Hulu stuff *inside* Media Center!
 
Hit the HuluDesktopWMC link in the button bar on the site for install instructions and download!
 
NOTES: If you are getting "The Program Has Stopped Responding" make sure you have moved a copy of the Hulu Desktop application folder (the Hulu one... not my plugin) to the root of the C: drive...
 
 
Also... if you run Hulu Desktop once and maximize it then it should open maximized from that point forward.
 
 
And... You can exit the Hulu Desktop application with the remote... you just have to navigate all the way to the bottom of the menu on the far left... there is an "Exit" option.
 
Hulu Desktop, A Bunch of Content Updates...
Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 | By: Yaggs
Many of you may have heard that Hulu just released their own desktop player!  Hulu Desktop!!! Check it out... Not sure what that means for us here but we will see! http://www.hulu.com/labs/hulu-desktop
 
I update the content processors for Hulu today and pulled in 127 shows and several networks that were not yet available in SecondRun!  I will be working on processors for Sling and Fancast as well so we automatically get new content from those 2 providers as well.
 
There were also a bunch of new movies added... there are about 350 movies available right now!
 
I am also done with to coding side of the new update that will allow users to add their own content!  I just need to finish up the styling end of things now and we should be good to go with a new update.
 
Netflix to be part of Media Center!
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | By: Yaggs
Just came accross this on WinSuperSite.com:
 
 
Microsoft has built a real Netflix add on for Media Center!  It's supposed to be out already on Vista!!! Very cool...
 
Makes you wonder... if Hulu was kicking on Boxee because something like this might be in the works for Media Center.
 
Sponsors... Update Coming... Donations...
Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009 | By: Yaggs
Just wanted to drop everyone a quick update... I have a new build that I will be posting in a day or two... there wont be a ton of visible changes but this build will detect more types of directly playable content than the previous build.  It also preps the app for a new user feature that I am adding very soon... I am adding the ability for end users to add their own content!  This will mean you can add whatever podcasts, tv networks, etc you want to your setup!  It will be a web based system that allows you to login to our site and add your content there... you will get an "Access Code" to plug into your settings page that will tie your installation to your account on our site.  This will open up some pretty neat stuff in the future... we should have the ability to merge acceptable content from user accounts with the main listing of networks essentially allowing the entire community of SecondRun users to contribute to the collection of video that is available on the plugin!  I have an early implementation of this working already and should be having testers start using it pretty soon (like in a few days).
 
I also wanted to let everyone know that I was able to get a sponsor for the project... if you run a business and are interested in being a sponsor for SecondRun please contact me directly at: jjaegers@live.com we are open to all sorts of programs and budgets so we can work with you to create a sponsorhip plan that will really suit your needs.
 
Also... we have a pretty heafty hosting plan running SecondRun.tv and it will probably need to get bigger once we start allowing users to add their own content... So... if you can please consider donating to help keep SecondRun alive.
 
And as usual... if you are on Twitter make sure you sign up to follow our updates! http://www.twitter.com/SecondRun
 
NEW BUILD - Just posted a new build!
Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 | By: Yaggs

OK... I just posted a new build tonight... or... this morning... Here is a quick run down of the newest changes:\
  • Added a new direct play mode for networks/providers that support it... The only big one right now is Revision3... SecondRun will search the selected show for an actual video file and play that if it finds one. THIS ALSO WORKS ON EXTENDERS!  So for right now you can use SecondRun to enjoy all the shows on Revision3 over your extenders!  Sorry... still now hulu content, or any of the big networks over extenders just yet. NOTE: Networks that have direct playing options now have a little green arrow in the corner so you will know what ones will work on the extenders.
  • Fixed problems with the movies section and cleaned it up with movie covers!
  • Fixed some display sizing problems on extenders (SecondRun should now fill up the whole screen without the ugly border)
Those are the big ones... I am still working on getting extender support on the other networks but I figured I would get this build out there just to give people a taste!
 
ALSO... If you have Twitter and want to follow SecondRun without always checking back to the site for updates just signup for our Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SecondRun
 
 
 
 
As I have stated before... SecondRun.tv will be FREEWARE! But if you would like help support the project please feel free to make a small donation... It will surely help me convince my wife that I should be spending time on this!

 





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