Hulu coming to Xbox Live?

While Microsoft's E3 2010 offering will undoubtedly focus on Project Natal and expanding the life span of its flagship gaming console, it seems like Hulu might grab some time in the limelight. Gearlive, citing a "very reliable source", has been told that Hulu plans to partner with Microsoft to release a web player for the Xbox Live platform as part of the E3 2010 festivities. It will require some kind of subscription, but Gearlive isn't sure how Microsoft will process that fee. It could a Microsoft points-based system, giving you discreet amounts of Hulu time depending on your points contribution, or it could be like Netflix, who charges a monthly dollar rate for the service. Also unknown is whether or not the full content of Hulu's website will be offered on the Xbox, or if a separate, smaller library will be available to Xbox users.

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Hulu is infamous for being difficult to partner with. Largely due to the nature of the business -- it's basically run and controlled by the content providers who are stakeholders in the site -- many have tried and failed to successfully integrate Hulu's distribution model into their systems. Boxee had a Hulu player for a while and got rejected shortly thereafter due to a conflict with content providers. They won't play nice with Apple TV, and Google TV may have problems with them in the future. Hulu was expected to start their subscription-based service on Apple's iPad, but it looks like Xbox Live may be getting it first.

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I have an idea. Give it to us for FREE and make some annoying ads we can click on if we want to see them and click away if we don't. Because I sure as hell will not be paying ANYTHING to HULU EVER. But I will watch if it's free. Isn't that the job of the advertisers to get us to click? Take your monthly subscritions and stick them. $50 a year for Xbox fine. Now gimme gimme gimme.

Would be nothing new to me here; I already stream Hulu to my Xbox . Even so, with Netflix keeping some tv series up-to-date, Hulu isn't really anything groundbreaking anymore.. at least on the Xbox.

Llawnroc said,

But will it be US based only or available globally??


Hulu's plans to offers their web streaming service in the UK fell through recently, so I
would imagine if they're going on XBox Live, it'll be restricted to users in the US only.

Llawnroc said,
But will it be US based only or available globally??

I find your question very perplexing! are there other parts of the world?

This would be a great win for Xbox.

I don't mind if there is a subscription-based service. The cost will be offset by reducing my cable service even more.

primortal said,

I don't mind if there is a subscription-based service. The cost will be offset by reducing my cable service even more.

Yes, that would be true if I could get my wife to let go of cable tv...

Edited by LandonAB, Jun 2 2010, 2:20pm :

Sounds interesting but I don't know that I am interested in yet another monthly subscription. These things are really beginning to add up!

LandonAB said,
Sounds interesting but I don't know that I am interested in yet another monthly subscription. These things are really beginning to add up!

+ 1. I am with you. Unless they start streaming HD I am not paying for it.