Hulu Plus Beaming TV To PS3, Xbox 360, and iPad
The rumor that Hulu was bound for game consoles has been circulating for months. Today, the company announced a new, subscription based service called Hulu Plus. For 10 dollars a month, users will be able to stream high-definition, 720p video of their favorite television programming to their PS3, Samsung web-ready HDTV or Blu-ray player, iPad, or iPhone. Xbox 360 compatibility is planned as well, but won’t be rolled out until 2011.
In addition to new episodes of hit shows like Parks & Recreation and Modern Family, there will also be complete, multi-season runs of past programs like Ally McBeal and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Gaming blog Joystiq got a statement from Microsoft, detailing some of the extra features it says will be available for Hulu Plus on Xbox Live – which will only be accessible with a Gold account.
"The entertainment options on Xbox 360 continue to grow. Today, Hulu announced that its new subscription service, Hulu Plus, will be available on Xbox 360. We're incredibly excited to bring Hulu Plus and its amazing library of entertainment to Xbox Live. Hulu Plus joins our ever-expanding entertainment offerings on Xbox 360, which currently includes Netflix, Last.fm and Zune Video.
Starting this November, Xbox 360 will also be the only console to deliver 3500 live sporting events from ESPN3.com.
Like ESPN, Hulu Plus on Xbox 360 will take advantage of the social connectivity possible with our 25 million member Xbox Live community as well as the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360. We are committed to delivering signature features to the Hulu Plus experience on Xbox 360, like controller-free navigation with Kinect and Xbox Live parties so you can watch with friends no matter where they are. These are custom entertainment experiences for Xbox 360 that you can't find anywhere else. More details will be announced at a later time."
While Hulu has not confirmed a launch date for the service, you can request a preview invite here.
For more details, read the official Hulu Plus blog and follow Hulu Plus on Twitter.