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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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RE: Or...
By StevoLincolnite on 6/28/2010 11:33:28 AM , Rating: 2
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...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.

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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
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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.


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