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Major Nelson has posted on his blog that effective tomorrow Xbox Live subscribers Gold and Free alike will be treated to a free week of Hulu Plus. This all comes from a promotion with Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. Microsoft also promised that Hulu Plus would launch with Kinect support. The experience is said to be similar to what they already offer with Netflix. The Xbox 360 will become the second gaming console to support the TV streaming service, no word if Nintendo’s Wii will follow.
Since the PSN has been down like four flat tires, people have been wondering what Sony will do to compensate their subscribers when this is all said and done. Since the ongoing events have prevented Hulu Plus subscribers from using the service via their PlayStation 3, Hulu has decided to issue a one week credit via email. There is still no official word when the PSN will be back up, so you might wanna hold off on using the credit. Hulu has also reassured their subscribers that none of their user account information was compromised from Sony’s recent network intrusion.
So we finally got our Hulu Plus price drop, not exactly what we hoped for but we’ll take what we can get. The media streaming service will now run you $7.99 per month and in good form Hulu is refunding it’s users who were paying the higher service charge by applying it to their next bill. So is a two dollar dip enough to get you to give it a shot? Well if you’re still on the fence Hulu is also tossing in a one week free trial. We say give it a try. We’re pretty sure you own at least two devices that has support for the service and at least one of them is mobile.
Sony is making good on their word, Hulu Plus is now available on the PSN completely free of charge to all US users. This now removes the PlayStation Plus requirement which some saw as an additional premium to the $9.99 Hulu Plus service plan. This feels like the Xbox Netflix experience all over again except Sony dropped their pay service requirement for using the streaming service, good form Sony! Perhaps Microsoft will take heed and do the same with Netflix or at least do the same with Hulu when it reaches their platform next year? Somehow we’re beginning to doubt that.
Sony announced today that Hulu Plus is now available for their 2010 BRAVIA HDTVs and BRAVIA Internet Video Link via the BRAVIA Internet Video platform and will soon be available on Blu-ray Disc players, Blu-ray Home Theater Systems, Network Media Player and DASH. That’s all good and well but the big news for gamers is next week Hulu Plus will be coming to the PlayStation 3 for all PSN users. Currently the service is only available by invite only for PlayStation Plus subscribers. This is outstanding news but we’re still waiting for that Hulu Plus price drop, currently the service will run you $9.99 per month.
The going word is Hulu Plus will see it’s monthly subscription fee of $10 cut in half. Such a move could increase their subscriber numbers as well as give rival Netflix something to think about. We hope this becomes more than internet hearsay. Hulu Plus is a great service but we’ve always saw the price tag as too high. Once the NBC/ABC/FOX owned service finds it’s sweet spot the game will definitely change. Until then content owners will have to learn the hard way that people don’t like paying for stuff they feel they should already be getting for free.
If you’ve been living in a cave somewhere you may have missed it but Hulu recently announced a paid subscription service named Hulu Plus. The service comes with a monthly rate of $9.99 per month and gives subscribers access to a huge catalog of exclusive content. Another big deal is the service extends itself to the iPhone, iPad, TVs, blu ray players, PS3 and Xbox 360. The folks at Hulu were kind enough to provide us with an invite to give the service a test drive. So after a couple of days with the service here are our thoughts so far.
To get a feel for how playback would handle we did our test run over Wi-Fi, 3G and good old fashioned hard-line connections. For starters Hulu Plus has a lot of content, from up to date TV seasons to complete series for shows that are in syndication. There is a lot of stuff here you wont find elsewhere. Everything will be familiar to current Hulu users, nothing extra to learn. We fired up a few TV shows and played with the settings a bit seeing what was a best fit. We started out hard-lined and watch an episode of Modern Family and the picture quality was decent but we did experience a few jerks and stutters at times. We decided to switch things over to Wi-Fi and tried another show, playback was about the same. Later in the day we went for a 3G connection and all was well. Perhaps they’re working out a few kinks?
As far as HD video when it works it came across as fair but it didn’t outshine anything we’ve seen on other services and you wont be confusing it for blu ray playback anytime soon. The continuous stuttering we experienced on the second day did frustrate us a bit. One other thing did kind of rub us the wrong way. Even though you’re paying a monthly subscription you still get hit with ads between video playback. We can tolerate an occasional hiccup in video playback but escaping advertisements is what we pay money for. Even with them being very short we didn’t like them being there.
On a more positive note audio playback was solid on all accounts.We also loved the fact that there were complete series to watch which gave us an option over packing DVD box sets when on the move and allowing us to take content on the go via iPad or iPhone. The preview we got didn’t have any support for the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 so we cant say how those variations will play out.
In the end Hulu Plus won’t be giving the people at Netflix something to lose sleep over just yet but it does offer it’s own exclusive content and a variety of ways to access it. We’re very confident that Hulu will further develop this service with time and if you’re looking for a way to stay up to date on your favorite TV programs this is a solid way to keep it with you no matter where you are. Between this and services like Netflix Instant Stream showing up on game consoles that already have their own movies and content on demand it may only be a matter of time before your cable or satellite box feels threatened.
All the rumors appear to have been true. Yes there is a new premium Hulu service and yes its coming to all the devices mentioned above. The new service will be known as Hulu Plus and it will cost you $10 a month. It will feature full seasons of shows that are limited in availability with the free service. It is slated to hit the PS3 in July and Xbox 360 in early 2011. As far as iPhone and iPad users it will support both Wi-Fi and 3G. At this time no word on any support for Android or Wii, sorry guys.