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The Office Full Episodes via Hulu Labs Video Panel Widget

Hulu announced and opened up Hulu Labs yesterday. Hulu Labs is a place for the company to share experimental projects and obtain feedback from users. There are currently 4 projects listed on the page.

Hulu Desktop

Hulu Desktop is a lean-back viewing experience for your personal computer. It features a sleek new look that’s optimized for use with standard Windows Media Center remote controls or Apple remote controls, allowing you to navigate Hulu’s entire library with just six buttons.

The Video Panel Designer

Video Panels are easy-to-use embeddable widgets that allow simple content programming and easily integrate a Hulu video player. The Video Panel Designer tool helps site editors and Web masters customize and program Video Panels to fit their needs.

Recommendations

Recommendations are a list of TV shows and movies that we think you’ll love based on videos you’ve already watched and rated on Hulu. Anyone with a Hulu account can access these recommendations: log in or sign up for a free account and select the Recommendations tab found on your Profile page.

Time-Based-Browsing

Time-Based Browsing allows you to quickly scan our videos grouped by original air date. Whether you’re a TV junkie who remembers shows by the day of week they air, a budding media anthropologist curious to study TV’s evolution across the decades, or just a user in search of timely news clips, time-based browsing is another way to easily find more videos on Hulu.

Keeping in line with the theme of this blog we will take a look at The Video Panel Designer. The Video Panel is an embeddable widget that allow users to program and display Hulu videos. The Video Panel Designer tool is an easy designer tool that allows a user to easily configure a customized widget to fit their own style and display the programming they choose.

The design interface is pretty simple to use and offers a good number of customizations from size to color to windowing options for the video player. Additionally, you have access to the library of Hulu videos.

We’ve embeded the widget displaying full length episodes from NBC’s The Office below. Clicking on the video will open the video player positioned in the middle of the browser window (user configurable option).

Overall, this is a pretty standard widget in the current widget landscape. What it has above others (arguable) is the library of high quality content.

However, there’s one key feature that is missing. Sharing…. We’re not sure why you cannot share the widget. It seems this would be the perfect way to increase reach and audience. Not only that, there’s not even a link back to the Labs page where someone can go customize their own.

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