Hulu Plus app for Windows 8 released

Netflix released its Windows 8 app earlier this month, and now its time for one of its biggest rivals in the streaming video space to do the same. Hulu has revealed that its Hulu Plus app for Windows 8 is now available for free download in the Windows Store.

While the app itself is free to download, the Windows 8 version of Hulu Plus does require an $7.99 a month fee to stream both current and classic TV shows from networks like ABC, NBC and Fox to your Windows 8 or Windows RT-based device. In its blog announcement, Hulu stated:

The new Hulu Plus app leverages core Microsoft design principles with our touch-optimized experience. The UI is simple and clean and puts the most relevant content first, creating a visually immersive experience in the most engaging way.

The app also allows users to pin their favorite TV shows on Hulu Plus directly on the Windows 8 Start screen for faster access. It will also support the Snap View feature which lets users watch a Hulu video while also working with another Windows 8 app.

Hulu also announced today that the Hulu Plus app will be pre-loaded onto a number of Windows 8 PCs made by Acer and Sony.

Source: Official Hulu blog | Image via Hulu

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Note, don't bother posting comments on the official Hulu blog posting at all. They are occasionally allowing a few postings, but then they just remove them all. I've watched a few posts be approved and show up....and then it goes back to showing 0 comments.

Sounds like someone is over-moderating the comments, even the ones that aren't asking about availability.

Never understood why I pay for Hulu Plus... but to watch past episodes of things like Shark Tank, I have to go to the website... no streaming to apps. Stupid. Like the app though.

scumdogmillionaire said,
Never understood why I pay for Hulu Plus... but to watch past episodes of things like Shark Tank, I have to go to the website... no streaming to apps. Stupid. Like the app though.

Hmm.. not sure if this is a bug.. commercials are just showing up in the middle of a show... not at the typical commercial break, so it just interrupts mid-sentence. website doesn't do this, nor does Xbox.

OEMs: f**ck Windows 8 start screen! D:<
CrapWare & Bloat Companies: can i put my apps in your build$ ?? its a metro appzz...
OEMs: ... $_$
OEMs: LONG LIVE WINDOWS 8 !!1!!11 :DD

WinRT said,
OEMs: f**ck Windows 8 start screen! D:<
CrapWare & Bloat Companies: can i put my apps in your build$ ?? its a metro appzz...
OEMs: ... $_$
OEMs: LONG LIVE WINDOWS 8 !!1!!11 :DD

Da fuq?

WinRT said,
OEMs: f**ck Windows 8 start screen! D:<
CrapWare & Bloat Companies: can i put my apps in your build$ ?? its a metro appzz...
OEMs: ... $_$
OEMs: LONG LIVE WINDOWS 8 !!1!!11 :DD

Get back on your meds quickly.

NoClipMode said,

Get back on your meds quickly.

Actually the comment makes sense. I'll parse it for those of you who aren't understanding it

There have been some OEM's that has stated displeasure with the change in Windows 8. They have stated that they do not feel that it is the right move and are unsure what level of support they will give it.

Now companies are coming along telling OEM's that they want some prime space on those same machines, by having their apps pre-installed and placed on the start screen. This means the OEM's make money off selling that space.

OEM's now see the way they can make money off this...and now like Windows 8 since they can once more see revenue off pre-loaded software.

Make a bit more sense now?

owenv said,
so this probably means the desktop browser in windows RT will be blocked from standard Hulu...

I can launch the hulu website on the METRO version of IE just fine. Flash works great there. I don't know about Windows RT, but in Windows 8 METRO, Hulu free version runs swell.

owenv said,
so this probably means the desktop browser in windows RT will be blocked from standard Hulu...

Exactly what I was thinking, but it will be because "your current operating system does not support Hulu. Please upgrade to Hulu Plus so we can have your money and make you watch ads"