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  1. DavidBeier

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    Hey guys, I'm looking for a new phone and really interested in one that's a good media player to watch movies on. I've been told that the Epic 4g supports more video file types than the Evo does and that it makes a better media player in general (even though it lacks the HDMI Out). However, I heard that since it's on Adroid 2.1, it has trouble with flash. Since it looks like 2.2 may never come, I'm really concerned about this as I'd like to be able to watch movies via Netflix instant streaming and Hulu. Can the Epic do this or does it have trouble? How about Youtube and Vimeo? Can anyone reccommend a better phone as a media player from Sprint?
     

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    I've got the Epic with 2.2 and flash. Works great with Hulu and every flash site and it plays every media format you can think of naivety and smoothly. The Evo is a good choice also but if you have a chance to compare the 2 you should. The Evo stutters a lot during video playback in certain formats; I've never had that issue with the Epic.
     
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    epic 2.1 (all we have) is terrible with youtube over 3g, not sure if 2.2 makes it any better ... but i do use slingplayer with pretty good results
     
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    I would like to point out that the Epic does have an HDMI out...

    Samsung has a special cable for the Galaxy S phones that plugs into the USB port. The phone is supposed to detect this special cable, switch the port over from USB to HDMI, and enable a TV Out menu in the display settings.

    Right now, they're about $50. I haven't bought one yet, but I've added it to my amazon wish list so that I can order it easily later.

    -SF
     
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    And I would like to point out that no one has ever reported that this works. There were early reports that such a USB-to-HDMI cable was supposed to work, but the reports were wrong. Samsung later said these phones did not support it.
     
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    I didn't think hulu was out for android yet? Only on iPhone right now. Could be wrong.
     
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    Because it doesn't exist? I'd consider that a pretty good reason.
     
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    regular hulu isn't officially supported on any mobile platform, iirc. iphone has the hulu plus subscription available, but not regular hulu. regular hulu (and hulu plus) is available w/ 2.2 and a hacked version of flash on android, through the browser.
     
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    This is why I was surprised it wasn't talked about. Sounded like the OP was suggesting that they thought it was available on Android...
     
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    wait, how does one hack the browser to make it work?
     
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    that question .. is a door way into ... the other side of ... smartphones.

    you have to research here and at xda-developers.com for your answer.
    search: Root, rooting, custom ROMs

    a whole new world of goodies await those that are willing to swallow the little pill.
    come on Neo... we are waiting....
    :p :D :)
     
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    1- root
    2- install 2.2
    3- install a version of flash modded to show as a desktop version
    [MOD] Hulu on the Epic 4g (2.2.1 FROYO) [UPDATE 11/22/10] - xda-developers
    4- then hack the standard browser to use a desktop user agent, or use one (like dolphin hd) where you can switch the user agent.
     
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    or..

    1. root
    2. install a new ROM like Sprint-Lover
    3. Install the HULU hack ...
    done
     

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