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Understudy allows access to streaming video through the Front Row interface of Mac OS X. The user can subscribe to multiple feeds, and select a video to watch from them. Understudy currently supports Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and to some degree the BBC iPlayer.

Understudy is stable, but is also a work in progress. Please feel free to report any problems on the issue tracker. If you would like to know about future releasees, please subscribe to the "Downloads" feed.

Understudy is not affiliated with any of the streaming video sites the plugin supports, and will only work in cases where those site normally would (including any more...

What's New

Version 0.83:
  • Fixes a crash when loading Netflix episode information.


  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Front Row.

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Jeff-H. Member IconComment+188

Every time I try to add netflix feed Frontrow crashes.

It might have something to do with 10.7 and having the hacked version of FrontRow.

Any feedback?


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Version 0.83

BTW I added the newest at the developers site.

Iaian7 Member IconComment+36

Version 0.9 was released April 2nd, 2011, and is available from the Google Code page (just click the "developer's site" link).

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Rezstudios Member IconReview+45

Nice little addition to FrontRow. I much prefer to use this with the simple interface of FrontRow than wade through the overdone interfaces in things like Boxee or Plex. Makes turning a MacMini into a TV MediaCenter much simpler. I only wish that editing things could also be done via keyboard vs only with the provided on screen keyboard.

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misterjspencer Member IconReview+82

This is an excellent plugin for Front Row, I would like it more if it could sync more easily with BBc iPlayer, but I do recommend this as I am getting to use front row more and more

This developer deserves your support, so whereas I may have given it 4 stars because of the difficulties with iPlayer I ma giving it 5 because at present it seems one of a kind.

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Downloads 5,165
Version Downloads 3,942
License Free
Date 24 Jun 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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