Hulu Plus announced with support for iPad and iPhone

Hulu, the ultra-popular video streaming service has confirmed recent speculation, introducing a paid subscription plan. Dubbed “Hulu plus,” the $10 a month premium service will allow for HD streaming of current seasons of shows as well as a library of many other television shows that are no longer running.

The more anticipated feature of the service, Hulu Plus presents viewers with a variety of ways to watch the content in addition to the computer. For those who wish to watch their favorite shows on the go, Hulu will be available on Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, with a promise of more devices in the future. On the TV, the service will be available on specific models of Samsung, Sony and Vizio televisions and Blu-ray players as well as Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3.

Larry Hryb (Major Nelson), Director of Programming for Xbox Live, confirmed an early 2011 release for the service on the Xbox 360, citing the creation of a “customized experience” for Xbox Live as the reason for the delay.  “We are taking the time to ensure that the Hulu Plus experience for Xbox 360 is the best on TV and like our other entertainment experiences, it will not be a port, but rather a custom experience that leverages the Xbox Live community features”. Meanwhile, Sony has confirmed to VG247 that Hulu Plus will be coming PlayStation 3 soon, and that more information would be announced “shortly”.

To the surprise of many, users who sign up for the service will still be required to sit through ads before they can view any content. Hulu Plus will be launching in July, currently limited to residents of the United Sates. Those interested in the service may enter their email address on the Hulu website to receive an invitation to a Hulu Plus preview.

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Ripoff. Why would I pay $10 per month to watch advertisements and a limited collection of movies, when I can pay $8.95 for Netflix and get a much larger collection of movies and no adds.

Sorry HULU, a bit too greedy, aren't you....

Maybe if they charge $3.99....

+1

But I watch Hulu for the recent tv shows which Netflix doesn't have. Now if they could partner with Tivo. I would be so in.

Euphoria said,
Ripoff. Why would I pay $10 per month to watch advertisements and a limited collection of movies, when I can pay $8.95 for Netflix and get a much larger collection of movies and no adds.

Sorry HULU, a bit too greedy, aren't you....

Maybe if they charge $3.99....

I just don't get how they can charge for a service that is supported by ads. Very greedy!

Euphoria said,
Ripoff. Why would I pay $10 per month to watch advertisements and a limited collection of movies, when I can pay $8.95 for Netflix and get a much larger collection of movies and no adds.

Sorry HULU, a bit too greedy, aren't you....

Maybe if they charge $3.99....


Netflix's streaming isn't that great though.

Guys u need to lobby Hulu to become global. If they do their rates will become cheaper as theirs alot of us folks who use it whilst in the states. My home in the states as 4 dtv receivers and i stick to hulu like glue. Back in Jamaica now and I miss it like crazy

So we finally get iPhone/iPad support and now we have to pay a monthly fee to use it when about the only things I will use is what I get for free on my PC?

No thanks.

Kind of feel bad for everyone who got a iphone or ipad after the AT&T bandwidth limitations went in place.

Yes Comcast has a small portion in Hulu, but Comcast's focus is Fancast/Xfinity/ whatever they will name it next.

Rupert Murdoch and News Corp are the brain child behind Hulu.

Wish they had Hulu in the uk

Or at least ITV, channel 4, channel Five, and BSkyB weren't too much wimps to do something hulu.

I opted for the invite, mainly im interested in 360 streaming with iPad offloading when im at work, i don't like the $10/mo subscription AND STILL have adds, but the alternatives are watching it on a 24in monitor, or move the pc out into the living room for the 60in HDTV
Currently I'm mostly going to downgrade Cable to basic and just use Netflix/Hulu on the tv and ABC iPad app, the cost of downgrading cable is offset by the sub to Hulu/Netflix

I signed up for this a few hours ago. =D

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To the surprise of many, users who sign up for the service will still be required to sit through ads before they can view any content.

Who was surprised exactly? Comcast owns controlling interest in Hulu, and their current customer's pay upwards of a hundred dollars or more for cable, only to sit through hours of commercials every day... so I'd think this would be expected. You're paying for access to the additional content, not to remove advertisements.