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
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
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.
quote: ...they could start by rolling out service outside of the US.
quote: 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.
quote: 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.