Download Hulu videos with Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader

For those dotTechies that don’t live in the USA, Hulu.com is a legal video streaming service that allows visitors to legally watch many popular TV shows online (it also streams movies, but most of the movies are old and crappy). Hulu has literally changed the way TV is watched by many people, including myself – I watch TV less on an actual TV and more on my computer. The downside to Hulu is shows are not always instantly available the day they air (most are made available the day after they air, while some are made available a week after they air) and Hulu doesn’t have streaming rights to all the TV shows out there. (Hulu is owned by NBC and News Corp, so most/all NBC and Fox shows are on there, but there are also some non-Fox and non-NBC shows too.) Nonetheless, Hulu is a very handy website. (It only allows USA viewers currently, blocking access for people living in other countries.)

As good as Hulu is, it has one major drawback – users cannot download videos. In other words, to enjoy Hulu you must have access to the Internet. Of course, Hulu has been designed this way for multiple reasons, with the two major ones being:

  1. Most of Hulu’s revenue is based off advertising (although it has recently launched Hulu Plus, a $7.99/month subscription service). It is kind of hard to advertise to users who are watching downloaded videos.
  2. Downloading Hulu content could lead to the content – which is very high quality – being pirated and appearing on torrent websites.

Now, for people that do have access to the Internet all the time, not being able to download Hulu videos is not a big deal; simply visit Hulu.com and start streaming instantly. However, what if you want to be able to watch Hulu videos when you don’t have Internet access? That is where Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader comes in.

Before I go any further let me explicitly state downloading videos off Hulu (i.e. TV shows and/or movies) is against Hulu’s terms of use. Obviously if you download Hulu content and pirate it or share it (i.e. place it on torrent websites for others to download) that is illegal. On the other hand, downloading Hulu content so you can view it at times when you don’t have Internet access (like while traveling on an airplane) might be okay. However, I am not a lawyer; I am only providing my personal opinion. Download Hulu videos at your own risk. dotTech, nor I, are responsible for what you use Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader for; this article is for informative purposes only.

That said, Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader is a nifty streaming video downloading tool that allows users to download videos from many different websites; Hulu.com is one of them. I was very surprised and skeptical to find Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader can download Hulu videos but it indeed can. (Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader also has a Pro version – $35 – that can convert videos to different formats after they have been downloaded, but who needs to pay $35 to convert videos when you can use FormatFactory or iWisoft Video Converter.) Not only does Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader download the videos, but the download quality is simply excellent.

Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader works like your Internet browser (it seems to be based off Internet Explorer and/or uses Internet Explorer). You visit URLs from within Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader and view videos; Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader detects videos that you are viewing and gives you the option to download them:

All downloading/downloaded videos can be accessed via the “Downloader” tab:

Clicking on a downloading video allows you to pause/resume the download (not all websites will allow for resuming downloads after you have stopped them), remove the download, and locate the download on your computer. Clicking on a downloaded video will allow you to view the video, remove the  video, and locate the video on your computer.

Easy enough? You can download Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader from the following links:

Version reviewed: v1.0.1.0

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 7 MB

Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader homepage

[Direct download]

[Download.com download]

[Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader supported websites list]

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  2. Tenderfoot

    I downloaded and installed today, 10/29/2011 and then went to hulu.com, selected the cnbc original called Remington, and tried to download… the main url never showed up in the list below… I also tried to download the Chuck preview… again, the url never appeared in the list… Oh well, perhaps another program will come along that can download Hulu videos…. It was worth a try anyway.

  3. Jack

    hulu is on to this. The downloads now take about 15 times the amount of time of the show. For the last 12 attempts, 4 wouldn’t d/l, 3 d/l sucessfully at that rate, 5 started that slow, then stopped after 25-50% completed.

  4. newJason

    As an update. I have been using this FLV Downloader for a while now and early on with great success.
    However, In the last week, I am constantly having the program crash and shut down. The error is sometimes with flash, sometimes not. Anyway, i went to the foxreal website, and noticed that they have a new version that is now 16MB. It seemed to be quite messy and installed VB Runtimes as well, but left a lot of files in the root of my C:\ drive. I tested it on the same sites i was having problems with and got the same errors and crash. Hulu still seems to work ok for now, but History, and Yahoo, and Google all crash for me.
    I am not complaining, free programs are just that, free.
    I am going to insall the latest Flash player update to see if that helps, but i highly doubut it as the new version of FLV Downloader installed it’s own flash active x control.
    Still, It is more usefull than not at this time.

  5. newJason

    @Janetb:
    Glad to help :-)
    Happy Birtday. I hope you got it to work.
    I have a friend who lives in europe who was having the same troubles. I am thinking of maybe writing a program or at least a guide for people outside the US that explains all of this or does it for them via a script or something. It seems like a common problem. Let me know how it is working.

  6. newJason

    @janet:

    Ok. I will keep this as simple as possible.
    A proxy server is a computer that is designed as a helper computer. When you access the internet, your ISP will assign your computer an IP adress. This IP adress will tell other computers where you are accessing the internet from. Think of a proxy server as an ISP that is located some place else. If you login to a proxy in china, then it appears to all other computers that you are in china. free web proxy servers are basicly a conduit to hide your real ISP adress from other computers. Be advised that free proxy servers can die quickly and you may need to get fresh ones often.
    please read this first http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_server#Web_proxy

    You can do a google search for Free Proxy Lists to find websites that test and post web proxies. Or simply goto
    http://www.myiptest.com/staticpages/index.php/Free-Elite-Anonymous-Proxy-lists.html
    It lists the proxy IP and port number = IP:port (123.456.789.000:8080) the type of proxy (Anonymous or Elite) and where the proxy is located (United States).
    So now go to that site, grab an anonymous proxy that is in the United States, take the IP and port numbers , enter them into the FLV Downloader as i described above and thats it. Have fun!

    I have been using FLV Downloader over the weekend and It does all it claims and more. I am very impressed. I went to hulu and downloaded the latest episode of SGU and it worked perfectly. COOL. Thanks for the find Ashraf, great work.
    PS for those of you who want to learn about what a proxy server is , why you should or should not use one, or how you can use it to block AD’s and pop-ups and even format web pages before they get to your browser, i suggest using proxomitron. it’s old , but still works perfectly. Also, it can use multiple proxies from a list that it will switch between if one stops working. you can read about it here ->http://www.proxomitron.info/45/help/Contents.html
    and, yes, it’s is free of course.

  7. Casey

    Sorry, Jackie. You had to run the “Activate.exe” that came with the GOTD zip file. That would register it for you. You could try to run it, but you will most likely fail, as it checks the date online, and the giveaway has ended.

  8. janet

    @newJason:

    I’d also like to know how to get a proxy address if you live outside US….. Please keep in mind that I don’t even know what a proxy address is, so I (and a lot of others, I reckon) will need hand-held instructions….:-)….It would be so cool to see TV on my computer!!!

  9. Jackie Melwani

    Yesterday at the GAOTD site I learnt about Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader Pro , downloaded and installed on my computer. When I try to run the program it asks for a registration code. Where do I get this registration code?

  10. newJason

    @newJason:

    Please disregaurd my previous proxy workaround.
    It appears Foxreal has made it easy for those of you outside of the usa. Simply open Foxreal Youtube flv Downloader
    Click on the Options button at the upper right and put a tick in (* using proxy) enter the proxy type (example http), adress (example 123.456.789) and the proxy port (example 8080) if you need a password to acess your proxy, fill that in too. click OK .

    Hooray foxreal. I am downloading my first episode while writing this. cool . Good find Ashraf . Thanks a lot.

  11. newJason

    @Bobla90042:

    You can use a free old program called proxomitron as your proxy server.
    Inside proxomitron it lets you configure external proxys. Just google search for a free proxy list, find some that are in the usa, enter them into the external proxy list and have proxomitron automaticaly use the free usa proxies when you goto hulu. You will need to do some reading about proxies and how to set them up in the proxomitron help files. It may take you a while to learn how, but it can be done. also : free proxies can die pretty fast nowadays so you may need to get a fresh list occasionaly. Getting the FLVDownloader to use a proxy is another matter entirely. I will experiment and see if its even possible.

    You can also just use a web browser that has built in proxy list support. I use an old version of MYIE2 (9.7.2.68) and i can turn on/off proxy support with one click, or set it to use proxy only when visiting hulu. MYIE2 is now MAXTHLON. It is a chinese browser done in english, and the chinese are all about using proxies. have fun.

  12. Jeanjean

    @ Ashraf,
    I’m confused too… i had asked to remove my last post because I realized it was irrelevant, but it’s yet published on the site.
    I, however, specify that you never said it was possible to download from any other country.
    Sorry… my mistake.

  13. Aaron

    I’ve been using a freeware program called “StreamTransport” which does pretty much the same thing, although with a much barer GUI. It does a decent job, although occasionally it will drop a download in the middle and you have to completely restart. But this might be an issue on Hulu’s end, i can’t tell.

    I’ll check out this FoxReal to see if there are significant differences in terms of options and process (i.e., speed and quality of downloads), but i’m guessing they will be similar. So, if anyone is having trouble getting or using FoxReal, you can check out StreamTransport.