The rumor mill just couldn’t handle it anymore so Hulu decided to make things official: Hulu is expanding its video streaming services to an electronic device near you. The new subscription-based service does not replace Hulu.com, mind you; it gives TV addicts the option to pay $10/month to access full libraries of TV shows on their computers and many other devices. So you know how many of your favorite TV shows you watch on Hulu.com are limited to streaming only five episodes at a time? Hulu Plus subscribers will gain access to every episode of every season “for almost all of the current broadcast shows” Hulu offers. In addition to having access to modern hit shows like House and Modern Family, Hulu Plus subscribers will be able to watch ”back seasons or full runs” of some classic TV shows. These include The X-Files, Arrested Development, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Hulu calls it “a treasure chest in the cloud for TV lovers.” I concur. And here’s the kicker: all native HD content will stream in 720p high definition.
If you’re a Hulu Price subscriber you can take all your Hulu content into your living room and on the go. I’ll list out the devices. Samsung Internet-connected and Samsung App-enabled TVs & Blu-ray players (available today); Sony & VIZIO Internet-connected TVs & Blu-ray players (support coming Fall 2010); Microsoft Xbox 360 (coming early 2011); Sony PlayStation 3 (coming soon). Got an Apple device? There’s a Hulu Plus app available in the App Store; it runs on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3G (all running iOS4), and iPad. And it will stream content over 3G and WiFi. Score! You can download the app today for free and watch some free content to test it out for yourself. It’s pretty incredible, the ability to watch all your favorite (network) TV shows in HD away from the computer. Sure you have to cough up $10 a month but if you’re a TV junkie like me, a price like that might just have you consider cutting the cable cord and opting for Hulu all the way. Unless, of course, True Blood and Mad Men mean too much to you. Decisions, decisions..
Currently Hulu is handing out invitations for Hulu Plus. If you want to be considered for the first wave of subscribers, click here. Hulu says, “We’ll be sending out as many invitations as we can each week, and as soon as we’re ready, we’ll remove the need for an invitation and start bringing in new subscribers without delay.” Look after the break for an informative video about Hulu Plus.