As of today, Playstation Plus subscriptions now bring an additional benefit. Sony Computer Entertainment of America has officially announced via their Playstation Blog that the Hulu Plus subscription service is now available to Playstation Plus subscribers. According to Engadget, "Today, 'a select group' of PlayStation Plus subscribers can download the Hulu Plus app and start watching immediately, while regular ol' paying members can ask nicely (via the same app) and wait patiently for the privilege of shelling out an additional $10 a month."
Playstation Plus is Sony's new Playstation Network subscription service that provides gamers with free content, Playstation Store discounts, early access to game betas, and many other great benefits. It costs $17.99 for three months or $49.99 for one year, with the addition of 3 free months on the one year subscription for a limited time only. Hulu Plus is a new subscription-based service that will offer consumers full seasons of television shows for a cost of $9.99 per month. To take advantage of this service, Playstation Plus subscribers simply need to download the Hulu Plus application and then request an invite to the exclusive preview.
While the Hulu Plus service is currently only available to Playstation Plus subscribers, non-paying Playstation Network users have nothing to fear. They will have access to the service after the initial trial period ends. In Sony's official press release, Sony Computer Entertainment of America's President and Chief Operating Officer, Jack Tretton commented "We are delighted to offer the Hulu Plus preview starting today on PlayStation 3 and that PlayStation 3 will be the only console to offer Hulu Plus in 2010." The Hulu Plus service will be expanded to other consoles and devices beginning in 2011.