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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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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
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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.


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