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Hulu Plus app for the iPhone
Be prepared to fork over the $$$ if you want streaming Hulu content to your mobile device or console

After months and months of speculation, Hulu Plus is finally upon us. The service expands upon the currently free Hulu service by including support for the iPhone, iPad, select Samsung TVs, and select Samsung Blu-ray players.

When it comes to consoles, Sony's PlayStation 3 appears to be the first on deck to receive support for Hulu Plus (the website simply says "Coming Soon"). Support for the Xbox 360 is coming early next year. Hulu Plus will also support select Sony TVs/Blu-ray players, and Vizio TV/Blu-ray players in Fall 2010.

According to the Hulu Plus website, the service will stream over Wi-Fi or 3G to wireless devices. Hulu Plus will of course also be available to view on your home PC.

When it comes to the actual features of Hulu Plus (in addition to what Hulu currently provides), it will allow you to to view every aired episode (within a current season) of popular TV shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox with Season Ticket. You will also be able to go back and watch every single episode from some of hit shows (past and present) including "The X-Files", "The Office", and "Arrested Development".

"With the addition of Hulu Plus to Samsung Apps, our customers now have access to an ever-expanding catalog of premium HD content at the push of a button," said Eric Anderson, Samsung Electronics America VP of content and product solutions. "We are excited to be the exclusive HDTV partner in making Hulu Plus available on the largest screen in the home during this preview period."

"With Hulu Plus, we believe we’ve met that goal. For our end users, we’re offering them the most convenient way to access their favorite shows, on devices they love, in high definition, at a fair price," added Hulu CEO Jason Kilar. "For our advertisers, who allow us to keep our Hulu Plus price low with the support of ad revenue, we offer one of the world’s most effective advertising platforms, with the ability to speak effectively to users across a variety of devices, anywhere they happen to be. And finally, for our content partners, we offer revenues that compensate them fairly for bearing the cost of producing the shows we love."

All of this added functionality comes at a cost, however. The service will cost you $9.99 per month. You can request an invite to preview the service and learn more about Hulu Plus here. The Apple iPhone/iPod touch/iPad app can be downloaded here from the App Store.



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Not as bad as I thought, but...
By Hydrofirex on 6/29/2010 3:07:47 PM , Rating: 4
With full deference to hosting costs and liscencing fees, I just can't beleive they are going to try and charge me 10/month plus commercials to watch shows on a mobile devices. Given there is a storage/convenience factor to be sure, but with the new data restrictions on iPhone/iPad data this seems to be a big fail . I realize there are certainly other 'on-demand' type benifits there, but I wouldn't consider paying more than say 5/Month for something like this.

Ideally, they would continue a free model since, as the consumer, I am paying for the bandwidth.

HfX




RE: Not as bad as I thought, but...
By GeneralJohnson on 6/29/2010 3:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
I was going to point out the new data cap on AT&T's network some how i feel the AT&T knew about this and wanted to be able to charge boatloads more. Also i know that a lowish quality 1 hour TV show in .avi format is 350MB i am wanting to know how much data one of these shows will use?

p.s. i would not call it a "big fail" i would call it a "convenient" timing for AT&T. Last thing BS on AT&T's part


RE: Not as bad as I thought, but...
By Hiawa23 on 6/29/2010 3:55:40 PM , Rating: 2
I own a PS3 & 360. Have logged onto Hulu's site maybe once, so I can't see paying an additional $10/month when I have Netflix. I usually watch my tv shows on TV, use Netflix for stuff I missed or older shows.


By Hydrofirex on 6/29/2010 4:24:53 PM , Rating: 2
Big Fail @ Hulu not AT&T.

HfX


By StevoLincolnite on 6/29/2010 4:30:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I was going to point out the new data cap on AT&T's network some how i feel the AT&T knew about this and wanted to be able to charge boatloads more.


Data caps are a pain, at-least you didn't have to experience 256kbps "Broadband" (Also known as fraudband), with a tiny 200mb download limit (Megabytes not Gigabytes!) and then charge $150 a megabyte there after, all for a low $30 a month. (This plan was a few years ago with our Monopoly ISP Telstra).

It wasn't un-common for people to end up with $10,000 or more bills in the mail.

However.. The average user on the internet wouldn't use even 50gb, yet you have a very tiny minority who have a habit to try and download the entire internet.
Those small users cost a fortune, saturate the network ruining the experience for everyone.

There is simple solution to that however, and that is for AT&T to upgrade it's network to handle the extra load, unfortunately... That costs money, and doing it the way they are doing it is cheaper and easier. - Hopefully competition will bring them back in line... Hopefully!


RE: Not as bad as I thought, but...
By Proxes on 6/29/2010 3:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
Just when you thought the days of paying ~15 cents for Compuserve was bad! We're headed to a world of having to pay a monthly charge to just exist.

Between land line, cell, internet, TV and services within those we're paying close to $300 a month just to be spammed with advertisements.


RE: Not as bad as I thought, but...
By StevoLincolnite on 6/29/2010 4:22:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Between land line, cell, internet, TV and services within those we're paying close to $300 a month just to be spammed with advertisements.


Easy fixed... Cut the land line off, get Naked ADSL or Cable with VOIP, look for a cheaper and/or slower speed internet service, and possibly dabble in some IPTV or stick to Netflix?

Seriously.. I'm in Australia, our communications costs are much higher than the US of A, with caps on all forms of broadband, and yet...
I'm paying $60 a month for 18mbps Naked ADSL 2+ Annex M, with Voip (Cheap!), IPTV (Cheap!) and a an extra $30 on top a month for my prepaid mobile phone.
What I am getting at is that, instead of complaining about the cost of the services you obtain, you should look into trying to reduce those costs yet maintain similar services with similar quality.

The Americans don't have an American version of the Aussie Whirlpool do you? Would be a great place to start otherwise.


By jimbojimbo on 6/30/2010 5:13:39 PM , Rating: 2
You're completely correct. Many people love to complain but never think about any ways to actually correct it. People will complain about how much their cell plans cost but will still buy the new iphone as soon as it's available with absolutely no regard for how much the monthly bills will be. It boggles the mind.


RE: Not as bad as I thought, but...
By FITCamaro on 6/29/2010 9:53:02 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
We're headed to a world of having to pay a monthly charge to just exist.


Yeah it was billed as "health care reform".


RE: Not as bad as I thought, but...
By SunAngel on 6/29/10, Rating: -1
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer














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