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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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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.

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