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huluLogoI’m a big fan of Hulu. It lets me catch up on my favorite shows, and, thanks to generous advertisers, doesn’t cost me a dime.  Hulu has new programs, reruns, and full-length movies.

One problem, though. Hulu videos stream in Flash video, and there wasn’t any way to download and save programs for mobile viewing. That was true until I read up on the appropriately-named Hulu Video Downloader, a simple yet powerful little program, for which I have yet to find a free equal.

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Using HVD couldn’t be much easier. Once you navigate to your desired program in your browser of choice, highlight and copy (Ctrl+C) the page’s URL. If it’s from a supported site, it will appear in HVD’s top field automatically. From there, you select the format for your target file, and click Add.  HVD takes over from there, downloading and converting the video file.

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Video formats available in the free version include MPEG2, AVI, and native FLV. To convert to other file formats, such as iPod or PSP, we suggest the recently-reviewed VideoSpiritLite How To Easily Convert Video Files to DVD, MP4, VCD, MPEG, AVI ... with VideoSpiritLite How To Easily Convert Video Files to DVD, MP4, VCD, MPEG, AVI ... with VideoSpiritLite Read More . The GOM Player 3 Easy Ways To Preview a Partially Downloaded Video Files 3 Easy Ways To Preview a Partially Downloaded Video Files Read More can playback FLV video files without conversion.

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Once the download’s complete, you simply open the resulting video file in your favorite media player. Now you need not worry about episodes of your favorite show “expiring” from the site. I wish now that I had found this program before Dollhouse episodes started disappearing.

If you want to download HD versions of the shows, or download more than one show at a time, you’ll need to upgrade to the pro version, which lets you pull videos from a dozen other sites besides Hulu.

There’s more Hulu on MakeUseOf, right this way. How do you archive your favorite shows? What are some can’t-miss shows on Hulu? Play program director and let us know some of your favorites in the comments.

  1. Phil
    January 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY, HULU DOWNLOADER DOES NOT WORK. THIS IS A RIP-OFF AND A CON.
    THESE FOLKS ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF TAKING YOUR MONEY PERIOD!!

  2. Shany
    January 28, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I also use Tunebite, indeed it does a great job, what is most important is that it is a hulu downloader and can record hulu's movies and shows and captures any video streaming not only from hulu. It has many other features, it's an youtube downloader a converter, it converts videos to many formats such as avi, 3gp, wmv, mp3, so that I can transfer my videos to any devices, even to ipod. Anyway, I think that it's a very good screen recorder. :)

  3. Phil
    January 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I paid for the upgrade, $49.99 the thing worked on hulu for a couple of days and then simply would not download from hulu anymore. I have emailed the company numerous times with no reply, I am getting ready to go to paypal for a chargeback.

  4. Ron
    January 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Well, we cannot download hulu's shows anymore, because the files are not in flash video anymore, they are encrypted files and those kind of files cannot be downloaded with any youtube downloader or that getflv, even the name says that.
    Anyway, if you really want to have your fav shows on your machine, I'd recommend to use some screencapturing software which just capture the video streaming. I'd rather vote for that tunebite, because it must record hulu's shows and saves them on pcs: http://audials.com/en/how_to_record_stream_capture_music_videos_movies_from/hulu.html
    This tutorial offers us all the steps for its usage on hulu. Really nice!

  5. Diesel
    December 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Does this GetFLV downloader really work ? I have been trying to download tv show episodes from hulu for some time now and can't get anywhere. I already downloaded several tv shows from hulu without any problems. All of a sudden, I can't download from hulu. Does anybody know why ?
    All I'm trying to do is download old tv shows that I used to watch.

    • Obvious
      January 4, 2010 at 8:09 pm

      I'm betting that GetFLV is a pile of crap and will infect your computer. Just look--they already have identical spammers working this site.

  6. lenord
    November 17, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    GetFLV is the most popular Hulu Downloader, Converter and Player chosen by millions of people.
    Download Hulu shows, videos and movies easily with great speed.
    Auto resume on broken downloads.
    Easily convert downloaded Hulu videos for your portable devices like iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, etc.
    Play downloaded Hulu video offline with GetFLV Player.

  7. lenord
    November 18, 2009 at 3:32 am

    GetFLV is the most popular Hulu Downloader, Converter and Player chosen by millions of people.
    Download Hulu shows, videos and movies easily with great speed.
    Auto resume on broken downloads.
    Easily convert downloaded Hulu videos for your portable devices like iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, etc.
    Play downloaded Hulu video offline with GetFLV Player.

  8. adsd
    November 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Cool tool except I sure as heck would not waste my time or HD space on Obama's Homecoming Open off Hulu but hey...

  9. Maicky
    October 28, 2009 at 4:58 am

    I'd rather use Tunebite, it downloads from hulu and other sites like this, even music from music web sites. Besides that it converts many files into the formats I need, so I don't have to get 2 software for downloading and for converting.

  10. catherine
    October 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    GetFLV is the most popular Hulu Downloader, Converter and Player chosen by millions of people.
    Download Hulu shows, videos and movies easily with great speed.
    Auto resume on broken downloads.
    Easily convert downloaded Hulu videos for your portable devices like iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, etc.
    Play downloaded Hulu video offline with GetFLV Player.

  11. catherine
    October 13, 2009 at 7:14 am

    GetFLV is the most popular Hulu Downloader, Converter and Player chosen by millions of people.
    Download Hulu shows, videos and movies easily with great speed.
    Auto resume on broken downloads.
    Easily convert downloaded Hulu videos for your portable devices like iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, etc.
    Play downloaded Hulu video offline with GetFLV Player.

  12. tydydgrll
    September 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Downloaded it finally after jumping through a bunch of hoops, and it doesn't work. I guess it is like Leeon says you have to pay to upgrade to Pro to download anything with it. So...No, it is not free.

  13. Leeon
    August 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    The problem is.......you have to buy the Pro edition($34) AND the extra pack($10) to get HULU. Go figure

  14. Movies
    August 3, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Very detailed explanation to download movie into PC.
    This working perfectly.

  15. Sabalan
    August 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Sounds wonderful only if I could find the download link. I have been thru so many links only to be sent to the home page. Appreciate help for this inexperienced geek.

  16. James
    August 1, 2009 at 8:16 am

    One bad thing is this site only allows US traffic.

  17. Vladi
    July 31, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I recently lost my cable T.V. But i had my internet still on and HULU kept me up to date with my favorite shows like Burn Notice,royal pains, and to Lmao Family guy. I will definitely check out This down loader.Thanks for the great post this tool will Truly be valuable.

  18. Ellie Harrison
    July 31, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    My favorite show to catch on Hulu is "In Plain Sight", a show about US Marshals in New Mexico. I will have to try this tool out. Thanks for writing about it!

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