Inuyasha hits iTunes DTO service and Hulu

Viz Media has a big announcement for Inuyasha fans, the company has launched three of movies on iTunes download-to-own (DTO) for $4.99 each through August 3rd. The first episode of Inuyasha is also now available for free on iTunes for those who have been on the fence about following the anime. For those already collecting the series or looking to transition to digital format, Viz has also released the remaining 166 episodes into the DTO queue for $0.99 each.

For those hoping to score a longer dose of Inuyasha for free, Hulu and Viz have partnered to bring the movie Affections Touching Across Time to web viewers for free until August 11th.

While collecting a series as large as Inuyasha has always been a pain on the wallet, it seems that today things change just a bit with the release of the entire series on iTunes. Hopefully other stores like Amazon and even the Zune marketplace will be able to secure something as well to give some freedom to the consumers.

Hulu Desktop

For those running HTPC units at home in an attempt to duck the high cost of cable, it’s always a bit of a pain trying to skin things just right so that people don’t point out that watching a show or movie is being done through Firefox / Opera / Safari / IE / Chrome

Today the folks at Hulu have come up with something new, something a bit refreshing even. The Hulu Desktop application for full screen dedicated access to their show archives in pretty high res for streaming free video.

It’s still in development obviously and yes it did nuke my desktop when I tried it but it still looks pretty promising. One can only hope that they keep stepping it up as it comes along because it would be nice to switch from the AMD Live Explorer to Hulu with a quick alt+tab gesture.

For those looking to sleek down their system the app works pretty well outside of the random failures but the launch speed of the app seems to help to make up for it.