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Hulu may soon land on TVs, courtesy of Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. Access would be offered as a paid subscription service, possibly with pay as you go options as well.
Hulu prepares to take on cable and satellite TV providers, offering entire seasons of some shows

Hulu is the web's hottest source of TV episodes, and one of the most visited sites on the internet.  The PS3 may be in third place in the current generation console war, but many view it as the ultimate multimedia machine, with the ability to play a vast variety of content, including Blu-ray discs.

The two entertainment giants could soon be officially coming together according to sources from a 
Bloomberg report.  These sources say that Hulu LLC is nearing a deal with Sony that would add a paid Hulu service to the Playstation Network (PSN). 

PSN is a free service for PS3 and Playstation Portable owners.  The service currently has over 50 million registered users.  By paying a small fee, users with PS3s would gain on demand access to prime-time TV shows from NBC, Fox and ABC.  

According to 
Reuters, Hulu LLC has a similar plan to deliver its service to Xbox 360s over the Xbox Live service.  By delivering to these consoles, Hulu would gain a major outlet for its new paid-subscription service and launch itself into direct competition with cable and satellite TV providers.

Sources close to Hulu LLC have said previously that the company will keep much of the company's content freely available to non-subscribers.  Non-subscribers will be able to view three to four of the most recent episodes of a show.  Subscribers to a service rumored to be priced at $9.95 would gain access to a much larger library of shows, including entire season of certain shows.  

There's also talk that the services coming to the gaming console networks may have pay-as-you-go/on-demand options, as well.

Also according the 
Bloomberg report, Hulu LLC is looking to add even more TV content to its paid service, including CBS Corp., Viacom Inc. (MTV, VH1, CMT, BET, Comedy Central, Spike, and Nickelodeon),  and Time Warner Inc. TV (HBO, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, CNN, The CW Network, and TheWB) shows.

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By boobot on 6/28/2010 8:54:37 AM , Rating: 2
I think?

By SunAngel on 6/28/2010 9:02:25 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. But, as long as access is to include the 'entire library', i.e. all seasons, I can accept the $10/monthly aleast in the beginning until I've had a chance to watch all the programming.

As time goes on the value I get will become less and less until eventually I can't justify paying the monthly fee. Hopefully, at this point Hollywood gets on board and provide access to some quality movies. But, I don't see this happening as Hollywood is not a fan of the subscription-based pricing model.

By Hiawa23 on 6/28/2010 9:13:03 AM , Rating: 2
I have PSN & Xbox Live, but only logged onto Hulu once or twice on my computer. My tv shows either I watch on Netflix or tv. I probably wouldn't pay for Hulu but glad to see more options for those who might.

By monomer on 6/28/2010 11:55:45 AM , Rating: 3
If this were available in Canada, I would drop my cable service in a heartbeat.

I'm not holding my breath, though, since Hulu seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time to be able to stream content outside of the US.

By Exodite on 6/28/2010 9:36:20 AM , Rating: 3
...they could start by rolling out service outside of the US.

Would cut the, much discussed, p2p downloads by significant numbers if episodes from currently running TV shows were available through any other means but the likes of EZTV or The Pirate Bay.

Just saying, nothing against seeing Hulu on more platforms or anything.

RE: Or...
By StevoLincolnite on 6/28/2010 11:33:28 AM , Rating: 2
...they could start by rolling out service outside of the US.

Agreed, I download all my shows via Torrents (Or watch them on Hulu using a VPN), mainly because there is NO streaming service available to me, paid or free or otherwise.

Would cut the, much discussed, p2p downloads by significant numbers if episodes from currently running TV shows were available through any other means but the likes of EZTV or The Pirate Bay.

Interesting you say that... Here the Media companies are bringing movies and T.V shows faster to my country to match the U.S air dates in a hope to curb pirating. (Why they didn't do that in the first place beats me, probably to annoy the people?)

RE: Or...
By Exodite on 6/28/2010 11:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
Here the Media companies are bringing movies and T.V shows faster to my country to match the U.S air dates in a hope to curb pirating.

I'm in Sweden myself, the situation has become better but not enough to combat downloads. In part because you really need to have simultaneous releases for it to work, people can't wait even a week, and more importantly since so few people can be arsed to watch TV.

That, to me anyway, is the primary concern. I find TV dead as a medium, I can't plan my life after the TV tableau so thus streaming services are the future in my opinion.

Besides I pay 69 SEK (~$9 US) a month for 100/100 Mbit fiber Internet access, with 10/10 Mbit being free, while even the medium TV packages are 159 SEK (~$20 US) so p2p or streaming would obviously be the better option anyway.

I feel your pain about the lack of services really. No Hulu, no streaming from show home pages and not even any content available on iTunes, Zune or the Amazon store.

I can join in condemning piracy, to a point anyway, but it doesn't take a genius to notice the argumentation is on shaky grounds when there's no legal avenue available to access the content in question.

screw cable/sat tv prices
By magmaviper on 6/28/2010 8:56:55 AM , Rating: 2
This is a step in the right direction. The first service that allows me to watch all of the shows I watch on cable, for cheaper, I'm all for. I'm tired of paying $100 a month for sh*tty channels I never watch.

RE: screw cable/sat tv prices
By FITCamaro on 6/28/2010 12:31:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah what I'd like to see is a service that essentially lets me pick the shows I want to watch and bills me accordingly. And for things like TV movies or football games or comedy central specials, I get billed a buck or two. I also am tired of having hundreds of channels I don't watch. I have directv now and have my guide set up to show me only like 40 channels I think. About 15 of them are a particular networks ondemand channel too.

Just out of curiosity...
By schrodog on 6/28/2010 9:56:49 AM , Rating: 2
How would this affect server and router loads on the internet? This move by Hulu would essentially be expanding video streaming to a market of people that rely heavily on cable/satellite for their TV-show-viewing pleasure. Could someone please explain?

RE: Just out of curiosity...
By OUits on 6/28/2010 11:54:22 AM , Rating: 2
How would this affect server and router loads on the internet?

They would increase...?

My guess is that some people using this service would switch from watching Hulu on their PCs to streaming via XBL/PSN to be able to watch on the TV. No traffic load increase there (except maybe some proprietary network overhead from XBL/PSN that I'm unaware of). The increase would come from new subscribers (and it wouldn't really matter if they're streaming to a TV or console). I'm sure Hulu has prepared for an increase in traffic either way.

By PAPutzback on 6/28/2010 9:17:06 AM , Rating: 2
I've tried Hulu in the past and 90 percent of the time it would only offer a teaser and redirect me to CBS or the shows main site. Other times I'd only get to see chapters of a show and there was no way to que them up to watch the full epsiode. So I usually head back to torrents.

If they get the GUI right then I'd pay the 10 bucks, down grade my cable package and go up to the next tier of Internet. After seeing what my current tier can handle. I've been pretty impressed with being able to stream to HD streams from netflix so far.

The purpose of Hulu
By The Raven on 6/28/2010 12:35:58 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand what the purpose of Hulu is. It is owned by NBC and Fox for the most part I think. But Fox and NBC have their shows available to watch at their own sites. One commenter said that Hulu often redirects to the networks' actual sites. (FYI Not much 1st hand exp myself)

So why doesn't CBS, NBC, FOX or whoever just come up with their own Xbox app, or why doesn't Xbox just make an app that lets you browse those sites (or the content at least)? Is Hulu that app? They should've gone with Vuze IMHO. It works great w/ the 360. Less development cost for MS.

Been there, done that
By PontifexMaximus on 6/28/2010 2:09:41 PM , Rating: 1
I've had Hulu working on my PS3 since 2008. No big deal.

It sucks that it is going to be a premium service. Never a smart marketing plan to give something away for free for years, then decide to charge for it.

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