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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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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.




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