Sunday, July 15, 2012

piratealts.com adds Hulu & Hulu Plus to price comparison engine

The comparison engine now includes results for movies & TV shows from Hulu & Hulu Plus. If a title is available on Hulu Plus then the search result will also show if it's available in HD or SD.

Hulu is a free, ad supported streaming service. Content is limited to SD quality. Hulu Plus is Hulu's subscription service ($7.99/month), which offers more titles and in HD as well.

Hulu has no search API except a crude embedding helper service using oEmbed. I used it only to fetch an episode's name once I found the URL of that episode on Hulu, results are returned in JSON or XML. Searching was done by scraping the advanced search results page. I used jsoup to parse the HTML (I wrote about jsoup before). Overall it was much simpler then scarping Vudu because all of the relevant content was loaded statically with the HTML.

1 comment:

  1. I usually prefer to use hulu mostly because i do not have money to pay subscription and if movie or tv show is not on Hulu i try to find on some of other best movie streaming sites, there are plenty of sites for free movie streaming but sometimes can be hard to find good site. Anyway good post.

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