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Microsoft may become the first to offer a subscription service

While many thought that Apple's iPad would steal the stage at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft had different plans.

It is rumored that Hulu, the online database for hit TV shows and movies, will be added as a service for Xbox Live users. The idea is that Hulu will be added to the Xbox 360 dashboard, much like the current Netflix application. 

The iPad was long expected to be the chosen device to initiate the paid subscription version of Hulu. However, many now believe that Microsoft will be the first in that race. Sources are still unaware of how users will pay for the subscription; it may involve purchasing Hulu monthly passes for blocks of time and/or with Microsoft Points.  Also, Hulu for the Xbox is expected to potentially get its own streamlined interface, differentiating it from the wide variety of shows and movies found online. 

Questions have been raised as to whether or not users will actually pay for the subscription, when instead they can access Hulu from their computer. One possible solution would be for Microsoft to give free subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold Members.

Microsoft is also set to unveil Project Natal at E3 as well. The motion-sensing Natal camera was said to be sold in accordance with the Xbox. This suggests Microsoft is trying to target a different group of users -- such as families and casual gamers -- instead of the hard core soldiers of Call of Duty.

E3 is set to kick off June 15, 2010 and run until the 17 of June. Microsoft's Media Briefing is scheduled for June 14 at 10:00 AM PT.



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Crossing my fingers
By nafhan on 6/3/2010 9:01:39 AM , Rating: 2
Including Hulu in the gold membership would make it hard for PS3 fans to dispute it's value - as I'm sure Sony won't include Hulu for free.
Anyway, if they give it for free to gold members, I'll definitely renew my membership, otherwise I may get a PlayOn subscription.




RE: Crossing my fingers
By corduroygt on 6/3/2010 9:29:34 AM , Rating: 4
Gold membership does not include Netflix subscription fee, and there is no reason to believe it will include Hulu subscription fee either.


RE: Crossing my fingers
By kattanna on 6/3/2010 11:56:29 AM , Rating: 4
but the 2 are different. there are multiple tiers possible with netflix, i have the 5 dvd at a time plan as an example.

hulu is going to be 1 single monthly subscription

so its possible


RE: Crossing my fingers
By corduroygt on 6/3/2010 2:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
Hulu is currently free, but there are ads, and there's a charge for watching older episodes. So you can call it tiered as well. I expect it to remain the same on Xbox.


RE: Crossing my fingers
By nafhan on 6/3/2010 2:14:19 PM , Rating: 2
Right now, I'm paying $9 to watch several DVD's and unlimited streaming video each month. Hulu for Gold tier would be nice to have, but it would almost have to be included to be worth it to me.


RE: Crossing my fingers
By Hiawa23 on 6/3/2010 9:58:37 AM , Rating: 2
I love XB Live, Love Netflix, Hulu I only logged on once, as all my TV shows I either have on DVD or get through instant streamin on Netflix, so, if Hulu is free for Live I am down wit it, but I am not paying for it. I am always for giving the gamer options so this is a win win for MS, Hulu, & gamers. It surely will be nice if it upscales to you Tvs resolution like Netflix does on the Xbox 360, I am baffled why Netflix doesn't upscale to HD res on the PS3 via the disc. The same movies I watch on my 360 1080p upscaled only plays 480p on the PS3.


RE: Crossing my fingers
By StevoLincolnite on 6/3/2010 12:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
so, if Hulu is free for Live I am down wit it, but I am not paying for it.


The lack of Video on-demand services in Australia... Would actually entice me to pay for something like Hulu. - Currently I use a VPN to access Hulu and then use PlayOn to watch it through my Xbox 360.

However, not going through all that hassle would be great, unfortunately it will only be available to US Resident's like most other things on the consoles these days. (Although, I heard we might be getting Foxtel here on the Xbox 360, which might be interesting.)


RE: Crossing my fingers
By DM0407 on 6/3/2010 10:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Hulu I only logged on once, as all my TV shows I either have on DVD or get through instant streamin on Netflix


No you don't.


PlayOn
By therealnickdanger on 6/3/2010 9:29:51 AM , Rating: 2
http://www.playon.tv/playon

Obviously, a Hulu subscription will cost money no matter what, but for the free content, there's no reason to pay a subscription to get it on your TV, so I hope the Hulu app is free for Gold members (for free content).

In the mean time, I will enjoy torrenting last night's episodes and storing them on my media server for my whole house to enjoy.




RE: PlayOn
By Hiawa23 on 6/3/2010 10:05:18 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone who has LIVE & Netflix knows Netflix is not free with a Gold membership. Kind of goes without saying, but I would be interested in HULU's free content. I had Netflix long before it was available for Live, & I prefer to watch movies on the Xbox compared to the PC since they look better, bigger screen & fit my HDTV better than my PC, & combined with the Bluray delivery mail system, plus instant streamin, Netflix is unmatched in my view. Like I said if there are some free content on Hulu that's available to LIVE subscribers, I am all for it, but no reason to pay for it, IMO.


RE: PlayOn
By Visual on 6/3/2010 11:06:39 AM , Rating: 2
Plug your PC into your TV, problem solved. I use my main gaming PC with my TV as the main (and only) display. With the wireless xbox controllers dongle I can even play games same as if it were my xbox, often even better. I only use the xbox for the exclusive titles.


RE: PlayOn
By rburnham on 6/7/2010 12:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
I also have a PC hooked to my TV, although it's a secondary one used only an as HTPC. With Windows Media Center, I can record all sorts of shows in HD and SD, as well as access all my local media and Netflix streaming. It is great! In addition, I can use Hulu's software to access my Hulu queue. I am going to add a blu-ray drive soon too.

I think it is great that you can get these services on consoles, but I tend to think that it is better to just build a cheap HTPC that can access all of these things on one system, that way you can pick your consoles based solely on the games.


Outside of USA?
By Visual on 6/3/2010 11:01:36 AM , Rating: 2
I am getting to hate Microsoft... they act as if my country does not exist. It is not listed in the xbox locale settings. It is impossible to buy a Live Gold subscription or MS Points with a credit card from my country, neither through the xbox nor through their website. Eventually I was forced to try out some 3rd party site which turned out to be a scam (codes4xbox.com - reportedly it worked legit for a while, probably to attract more victims; do not use it any more)

Even for non-xbox related things there are similar issues - like, try to find the page to buy a technet subscription from here, you'll waste a ton of time. The frontpage links take you to a buy page limited to USA, the real page is buried in the help docs somewhere. Then you'll see the prices for us here are ridiculously inflated compared to USA, and that is before VAT. And the frequent discounts and promotions they run turn out to not apply for us too.

Now I guess this Hulu thing will turn out USA-exclusive as well.

And then people wonder why piracy is so widespread here?




Continuity
By really on 6/3/2010 12:14:05 PM , Rating: 2
I normally don't point these things out but how about a little continuity in this article. The first paragraph has E3 in the past tense like it has happened already but then later goes on to say that Microsoft is planning on revealing Project Natal later on at E3. (Not exact wording) E3 runs from June 15-17th so unless you can see into the future your first paragraph is suffering from some chronological displacement.

As long as Hulu Free content is free for Gold Members then this is a good thing. I don't expect Hulu subscription to be free for any membership tier. That just wouldn't make financial sense for Microsoft or Hulu. Just like it wouldn't make sense for my Netflix to be free on Xbox Live but have to pay for the service if connecting from a pc or other Netflix ready device.




By icanhascpu on 6/3/2010 3:36:17 PM , Rating: 2
How is this different from what im doing now? Also, they need to provide a better UI if they expect enough people to want to pay monthly for this.




Call Of Duty
By bkbroiler1234 on 6/8/2010 12:15:08 PM , Rating: 2
This is totally awesome! I play this all the time.

One of my buddies also got me into airsoft, and it's

cool because I can use the same guns they have in the

game, and I can play live action. Check this site

out, they have a lot of cool information. www.airsplat.com




Nice!!!
By DizzleFaShizzle on 6/8/2010 12:56:47 PM , Rating: 2
I am SUPER stoked about this.

To BKBroiler:

Dude, I go to Airsplat.com and have my own version of the SCAR model from Modern Warfare 2 and I think it is awesome! Coincidentally, I totally got it from Airsplat.com. lol Those guys are great and they have a lot of information on their site. Everyone check them out if you game it up! :)

http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-video-games.htm

http://www.airsplat.com/bought-it-at-airsplat.htm




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