Introducing Hulu Plus. More Wherever. More Whenever. Than Ever.
Although linguists may not be too fond of the above slogan, it marks a monumental day in the advancement of mobile media. Today, Hulu has finally made official its subscription-based ad-supported service, dubbed Hulu Plus. We will first see Hulu Plus for the Iphone, Ipad, and Samsung Internet-connected TVs and Blu-Ray Players. Playstation 3 support is soon to follow. This is truly exciting news for the mobile world, where Hulu has been shut out of since its inception. Android enthusiasts do note, however, there is no mention of Android in the press release.
Some of the tech blogs are stating that an Android app is "soon to follow," while others believe that Android support "is imminent". I'd have to argue that there is nothing whatsoever to support these notions. Considering corporate track records with incorporation of Android into their services, I won't believe it until I see it on Android with my own two eyes.
The initial subscription to Hulu Plus will be a modest $10/month, which will give you access to "Season Tickets" of a variety of TV Shows, as well as all of Hulu's standard content.
You can currently sign up for a Preview Invite here. Whether or not we see it on Android, signing up for a free preview is worth a shot.
Here's an excerpt from the Press Release, explaining a bit more about the service:
Another excerpt mentions that Hulu is hard at work porting Plus to "other platforms". Could this be referring to Android? Hmmm:Hulu Plus is not a replacement for Hulu.com. Hulu Plus is a new, revolutionary ad-supported subscription product that is incremental and complementary to the existing Hulu service. For almost all of the current broadcast shows on our service, Hulu Plus offers the full season. Every single episode of the current season will be available, not just a handful of trailing episodes. Now there’s never a bad time to jump in on a hot new show like Modern Family (which I recommend highly). From Family Guy to Glee, from The Office to 30 Rock, from Grey’s Anatomy to Desperate Housewives, from Parks & Recreation to Parenthood, from House to Saturday Night Live, and dozens of other hits, the best time to jump in on any series is any time, and with any episode, that’s right for you.
A full copy of the Press Release can be found here.These are the devices shipping with Hulu Plus today. But this is just the first step in our mission to bring you TV wherever you are. We are already hard at work on porting Hulu Plus to other devices and platforms, with PlayStation 3 coming soon. But that’s a story for another day.
So, what are your thoughts here? Android will see this soon? Or will Apple's Iphone and Ipad have the luxury of watching Hulu, while Android is left in the dust? Let us know.
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