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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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By PontifexMaximus on 6/29/2010 4:28:30 PM , Rating: 4
I've had Hulu working on my PS3 since 2008. No big deal.

It sucks that it is going to be a premium service. Never a smart marketing plan to give something away for free for years, then decide to charge for it. But, if the HD feed they're adding works as well as Netflix HD and has considerable content, I might be interested. If they're like Netflix, and the SD:HD ratio is like 50:1, I'm not interested.

"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay

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