Hillcrest Labs has announced the launch of Kylo, a free web browser designed specifically for surfing your computer from your TV. Using a Mozilla-based browser, Kylo lets the millions of users who are already connecting PCs and Macs to their TVs now view web-based content from their couch, without squinting. The "no squint" technology is made possible via an optimized presentation of web sites for viewing from the couch, and is completely cross platform for both Windows and Mac users.
I love the concept of Kylo and have seen a few different implementations over the years, with my favorite being Boxee. The biggest issue around this type of offering is which content will actually be delivered. The fan favorite tends to be Hulu, and with Hulu still not delivering its own box, we're forced to use Hulu via a browser-based RSS feed option. Boxee continues to go back and forth with Hulu on officially supporting the feed, and according to Hillcrest Labs, their Kylo offering was showing Hulu perfectly until they went officially live. Since that time it seems to no longer play Hulu and there's no word on if this is because Hulu is now blocking Kylo.
Check out a couple of screens of Kylo in action below:
UPDATE: Kylo is still not able to play Hulu content. The interface is fantastic and in some cases faster and better than Hulu's, but when you get to the final stage of actually pressing play you're greeted with the message below: