If this turns out to be a true scan of the magazine, it looks like Microsoft will promote the launch with a contest each week from April 29 through May 30. Prizes will be awarded to randomly chosen Hulu Plus users. Some of the prizes include Beaches Resort trips and free Xbox 360 bundles as well as Hulu Plus subscriptions.
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Hulu’s Hulu Plus plans for Android are getting closer with a new teaser in its device list. The teaser shows the Plus service “coming soon,” but not for all devices. Only certain ones. Use of the TV streaming will require “select Android OS 2.2 phones,” according to the company.
Pretty odd since the photo shows the Nexus S, which runs Android 2.3, but maybe they are preparing to change the image. As for why the access is limited, it is likely due to Android fragmentation. Netflix knows first hand that the platform has wildly varying DRM support in most versions and it would have to write too much code to support most or all Android devices. So support is coming, but there is a price. It will shut out a large portion of the Android community. Hulu, who is very keen to guard against stream ripping also faces this barrier. One day though, we hope to have Hulu Plus on all of our Android devices. The question is when?
Android users will be happy to learn that after months of waiting, it has now been confirmed that Hulu Plus will be arriving on the Android platform very soon. They say it will be available on selected devices, so we hope that the selection includes a wide range.
There’s no word yet on an official launch date or a list of supported devices, but those should arrive soon enough. Your wait is almost over.
Looks like Hulu wants a larger slice of the TV pie. The company has apparently put out a casting call in search of hosts for a new clip show that it’s working on. If these reports are correct, the new show will run about five minutes per episode and will appear on the site, recapping the day’s events in Internet and TV culture.
In the long term, maybe Hulu is setting things up to compete directly against networks and cable providers. Who knows what other content will spring from this.
The rumored Hulu Plus price drop has happened. It’s not a big price cut, but it’s still a cut. The $9.99 subscription service has now dipped to $7.99 per month. They are hoping that it’s enough to persuade you to get on board.
If you’re already subscribed, Hulu has you covered with a refund for the difference from the preview price to the current one, which will be applied in your next billing cycle. The other good news is that the list of devices you can enjoy your Plus experience on has just grown by one, as they have added Roku’s hardware.
The Sony Dash, the company’s personal Internet viewer, will now be teaming up with Hulu to bring some extra content to the WiFi device. Sony has announced that the subscription-based Hulu Plus streaming service is available for the Sony Dash.
Users can access popular TV shows for $9.99 per month with the service. The Dash also supports a bunch of other useful apps, including social networking, weather, news, sports, and videos. Hulu Plus will now be joining the over 1,000 free apps currently available to the device.
Hulu has just announced plans to get Hulu Plus stocked with even more content and onto more devices. All 2010 Sony BRAVIA HDTVs will now have access to the subscription programming service. This will spill over to Sony’s various Blu-ray players, home theater systems, network media players and other devices soon.
Hulu will also soon be removing the invite requirement to get Hulu Plus on the PlayStation 3. Next week, any PlayStation Network member will be able to get it.
For now this is just a rumor, but All Things D has heard from sources that Hulu Plus is going to cut its $9.95 per month subscription fee in half to $4.95 as they want to increase their subscriber count.
If this is true, it beats the $8.95 per month fee paid by Netflix subscribers. It could happen. Content owners are still experimenting with pricing and they want to see what price point will draw people in. We will just have to wait and see what happens.
There have been reports focusing on Google TV’s lack of partnerships with major networks, but now Logitech representatives have confirmed that Google is trying to bring the Hulu streaming video service to their new set-top box.
Details are scarce at the moment, but Google is said to be involved in ongoing negotiations with Hulu executives. If the two strike a deal, which is likely, the service will probably be limited to Hulu Plus subscribers. Hulu has already partnered with several hardware companies to bring its streaming service to products like TiVo Premiere and Roku, but none of the set-top boxes provide access to Hulu’s free content.
I am not one to pay for streaming services and TV programming other than my Satellite TV channels. Hulu is making it very hard for me to resist paying the $9 per month to get it on my PS3 though.
Hulu Plus will already offer major network content with one of the few remaining holdouts being CBS. Rumors circulated over the last month or so that CBS and Hulu were in talks. Reuters reports that CBS CEO Les Moonves has now confirmed those talks.
It appears that Hulu has some tough times ahead. The popular video streaming site used to be the number 2 video site behind YouTube, but not anymore. It is not as popular as we thought according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to the report, the numbers of viewers over at Hulu has plunged 45 percent and dropped to 24 million in June. But is it really that bad? It should be noted that this is following an overhaul of “ComScore’s methodology”, now ranking it at No. 10 among video websites.
On Wednesday night, speaking with NewTeeVee, the Chief of Hulu, Jason Kilar mentioned that he would be comfortable adding a more expensive tier to Hulu Plus, which would completely remove all ads. As it stands now, Hulu Plus doesn’t get rid of ads while you pay that $9.99 per month, it just gives you access to a wider selection of your shows.
Many people are accustomed to ads while they watch shows, but some people have a different outlook on watching shows/movies on their computer and they don’t want ads. Hulu makes its money from those advertisements. And so do the broadcasting partners who provide those videos. This could be another way for HULU to make money.
We’ve heard the rumors about the new Hulu service and now we’ve heard that Hulu Plus, the $10 a month service, will feature entire seasons of shows that are available in limited quantities on the free service, along with other programming not available via Hulu-lite.
There will also be iPod and iPad apps available for streaming with WiFi or 3G and support for Samsung connected TVs and Blu-ray. Support for TVs and Blu-ray players from both Vizio and Sony are also in the works, with PS3 and Xbox 360.
It’s been about 3 weeks since we heard rumors of Hulu coming to the Xbox 360 and the iPad as a paid service, and now Bloomberg is saying that Hulu is also in talks to become part of Sony’s Playstation Network and appear on the PS3 “soon.”
Soon could mean next week or next month. We don’t know. Hulu on PS3 is said to be a paid service, but nothing is confirmed yet.
Previous reports said that a paid subscription version of Hulu would be hitting the Xbox 360 at E3, but now we are hearing that Microsoft’s popular gaming console might not be the only device to get a Hulu subscription service.
Apple’s iPad may be supported as well. So you could be seeing programs from companies like Fox, NBC, Universal and Disney on their way to the Xbox 360 and iPad. Rumor is that this service will be launched in the next month or two.