Hulu Plus coming to Xbox Live tomorrow, free preview for XBL members

Hulu Plus is coming to Xbox Live tomorrow. Hulu Plus, the paid subscription version of the popular web-based streaming media player, will be another step for Microsoft in making their flagship game console more of a multimedia center, a trend amongst the current-gen gaming platforms. Along with Netflix for movies, and Zune pass and Last.fm for music, Hulu Plus is only adding more options for Xbox users looking for more than just gaming from the system.

In an effort to drive membership for the service, according to MajorNelson, Hulu is partnering with Jack Link’s Beef Jerky (an American staple ubiquitous in gas stations across the nation) to bring every member of Xbox Live (Free Gold subscribers) a week of free Hulu Plus action on Xbox Live.

As Hulu is an exclusively American venture (almost as much as Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is), this won’t apply to Xbox Live members in other locales.

Hulu Plus memberships are $7.99/month and give access to over 1,000 seasons of current and not-so-current TV shows, as well as 70 Hulu Plus exclusive shows. Paying for a subscription doesn’t get rid of commercials, to many new users’ surprise, but most shows and movies are available in 720p, and there’s a lot to watch. Hulu Plus is currently in the process of being rolled out to other mobile devices and gaming platforms as well, and Xbox is but one victory for the successful and popular website.

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Cool. Definitely will try it out. If I like it, I might even subscribe. Haven't used Hulu in a while, but its a solid service.

bdsams said,
If you have cable or satellite TV, you are already paying for commercials...

I don't. Right now I only have Netflix.

bdsams said,
If you have cable or satellite TV, you are already paying for commercials...

True, but with my DVR at least I can skip pass them. If Hulu had all the shows I enjoy watching on cable TV then I would probably switch to them. They don't. In fact most of what they offer is network TV shows, which people can get for free to their TV is they setup an antenna.

Lion and Lamb Ministry said,
Why would ANYBODY use/pay for Hulu Plus???

So you aren't tied to 5 rolling episodes of their shows. Also, so I can watch it on my Xbox.

spenser.d said,

So you aren't tied to 5 rolling episodes of their shows. Also, so I can watch it on my Xbox.

Given that there are other free alternatives, I don't see the point of hulu plus. Besides, why does anybody get so obsessed with a TV show to feel like watching more than the most recent 5 episodes? It's a damn TV show. Pretty sure you already know what the story in the TV show is already if you like it so much.

Jebadiah said,
Given that there are other free alternatives, I don't see the point of hulu plus. Besides, why does anybody get so obsessed with a TV show to feel like watching more than the most recent 5 episodes? It's a damn TV show. Pretty sure you already know what the story in the TV show is already if you like it so much.

There are free (legal) alternatives? I think your missing the point though on that second point, not everyone is able to watch shows live or as soon as they air. Having more than 5 episodes available allows you to catch up if you haven't seen it in several weeks. It really has nothing to do with being "obsessed". That part about the story doesn't make any sense.

Jebadiah said,
Given that there are other free alternatives, I don't see the point of hulu plus. Besides, why does anybody get so obsessed with a TV show to feel like watching more than the most recent 5 episodes? It's a damn TV show. Pretty sure you already know what the story in the TV show is already if you like it so much.

Sharp is right. I rarely watch new TV shows when they air, and as I do with Netflix, I discover new TV shows and like to watch past seasons. I get most of my TV fix from OnDemand and Netflix, so Hulu Plus would fit right in. I can watch what I want when I want.

Jebadiah said,
Given that there are other free alternatives, I don't see the point of hulu plus. Besides, why does anybody get so obsessed with a TV show to feel like watching more than the most recent 5 episodes? It's a damn TV show. Pretty sure you already know what the story in the TV show is already if you like it so much.

Have you been checked for ADHD?

• Some people actually 'enjoy' the show and not just the story.
• There are a lot of people that have lives and don't get time every week to watch shows they like.
• There are also a lot of busy people that have missed out on some good shows, and instead of jumping into the middle of them, prefer to start with Season 1, Episode 1 and follow the show as it was designed to be viewed.
• As TV shows have progressed to where there are bigger plots than what is solved in the current episode, a lot of the overall story and plot are lost if you don't start from the begining or miss episodes or seasons. The first example that comes to mind of when this changed started happening was back in the 90s and shows like Buffy. If you didn't start from the begining, it was still a good show, but you would have missed 75% of the story and content, at it had multi-plots with clues and reveals peppered throughout the series.

Wow... Check into the ADD/ADHD thing.

Knowing just how many / often American TV has commercials I don't feel i'm missing out by not been able to use this, It would still be interesting to have a play with it however.

I already stopped paying for Live. Netflix doesn't need an extra fee to work on PS3, and neither has ads...

No desire to pay Hulu for a service that still has ads and so little content.

If they had -EVERYTHING- and I mean every show anyone could think of, didn't need a "Gold" Xbox subscription, and it were still ~$10/mo., THEN I might consider it.

As it is now, I pay for Rhapsody - compared to Hulu, Netflix, and probably all the other subscription video out there, I would venture to say that Rhapsody has at least 80% of all music.
Video services? ...still less than 50%, maybe even more like 25%...

Right now, video services are more encumbered by the studios/lawyers than music services. Sad that there are no complete services out there - I guess this is also being held back by the TV industry at large... they're all afraid of the internet...

kansanian said,
I already stopped paying for Live. Netflix doesn't need an extra fee to work on PS3, and neither has ads...

No desire to pay Hulu for a service that still has ads and so little content.

If they had -EVERYTHING- and I mean every show anyone could think of, didn't need a "Gold" Xbox subscription, and it were still ~$10/mo., THEN I might consider it.

As it is now, I pay for Rhapsody - compared to Hulu, Netflix, and probably all the other subscription video out there, I would venture to say that Rhapsody has at least 80% of all music.
Video services? ...still less than 50%, maybe even more like 25%...

Right now, video services are more encumbered by the studios/lawyers than music services. Sad that there are no complete services out there - I guess this is also being held back by the TV industry at large... they're all afraid of the internet...

Funny how you disregard the XBox Live Gold membership, but it is what allowed Netflix to be offered when it was on the XBox, as Microsoft helped them pick up costs to offer it to XBox Live customers. I guess now that Microsoft helped bring to consoles, everyone can get a $99 BluRay, Roku or use their PS3 and ditch XBox Live. (BTW Hulu Plus requires the PS3 subscription, just like XBox.)

I might have the same feelings about XBox Live Gold, but I use so many of the features, it is an easy justification of a few bucks a month. However if you aren't an online gamer, I can see dropping it and just using my PS3 or another device for Netflix, etc.

As for Rhapsody, it is a good service, but it doesn't come close to what Zune Pass offers in number of songs, let alone Movie and TV Show rental and purchases. Zune Pass is also cheaper, as the cost is a few bucks more than Rhapsody, but you get 10 free songs a month that you own forever.

Man, you guys with the xboxs get a free week. Lucky. Good service, but I canceled my sub after 1 month. Would have enjoyed a free week for PS3 though

PS3?? That the "Free" service you get with you id and credit card ifo stolen,mmmmm, how long has it been since you've been on that great free service?

Soldier 95B said,
You get a free month if you sign up with your student email address *.edu.

You also get a free month if you use IE9 if you pin the site to the Superbar in Windows 7.

Commercials are 30 seconds between segments of the tv shows. This gets closer to me removing cable service with the only thing holding me back right being that I have no way to watch local sporting events through any website. I live in a place where don't get OTA channels due to our location in a valley. Cable is still on the books but with Roku and Xbox, our family is a step closer to cutting our cable service.

They need to get something like this in the UK the only equivalent we have is sky and even then its not that good

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