Finally! Hulu Plus has been made official, and it looks awesome.
For $US10 a month, those of us in the US will be able to stream entire current seasons of shows Glee, Modern Family, The Office and 30 Rock as well as the entire back library of many other shows, such as Arrested Development, The X-Files and Heroes.
You can watch said shows in a variety of ways: on your computer, of course, but also on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. And your TV! Hulu Plus will be supported on the PS3 "soon" and the Xbox 360 in "early 2011". It'll also be supported by Samsung, Vizio and Sony TVs and Blu-ray players.
One downside? Even though you're paying $US10/month, you'll still need to sit through ads, which is pretty weak. Getting double-dipped makes one feel used.
Hulu Plus is launching in July, but they're accepting email addresses for invites to the "Hulu Plus Preview" now.
This is big. Although, really, this makes Comedy Central's peeling off from Hulu extra painful. The Daily Show and Colbert Report on this would make it a must-get. If this does well, hopefully Hulu will be able to entice more content partners to get (back) on board.
Hulu Launches Preview of Subscription Service Hulu Plus™
First subscription service to bring current TV programming from top broadcast networks ABC, FOX and NBC to 4 screens – computers, TVs, mobile phones and tablets – in HD Quality
Hulu Plus will complement the free, ad-supported Hulu service allowing consumers to enjoy more wherever, more whenever, than ever
LOS ANGELES-June 29, 2010-Hulu™ today launched a preview of Hulu Plus™, the first ad-supported subscription service to offer full current season runs of hit TV programs from ABC, FOX and NBC across multiple Web-connected devices, in HD, for only $9.99 a month. Now, TV lovers can watch full current seasons of shows such as Glee, Family Guy, Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, 30 Rock and The Office and full series runs or multiple back seasons of shows like The X-Files, Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives and Law and Order: SVU on PCs and Macs as well as on Apple's iPad and iPhone, and select 2010 Samsung Blu-ray players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems, and TVs through Samsung Apps, in up to 720p high-definition resolution. Hulu Plus will also be coming soon to the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system. "We're thrilled to begin sharing this revolutionary new service with subscribers" said Jason Kilar, Hulu CEO. "Hulu Plus is the first subscription service that offers consumers a wide array of today's top current TV series on all four screens, in HD. With Hulu Plus, now your favorite TV shows love you back."
View the Hulu Plus demo video for an overview of the full service.
More Content – Over 100 Content Providers, Hundreds of Shows, Thousands of Episodes Hulu Plus builds on the extensive content offering of the ad-supported, free Hulu service and brings together one of the deepest offerings of TV shows, both current and classic, to subscribers in the U.S. Every episode of more than 45 current hit programs from ABC, FOX and NBC will be available all season long, from Modern Family and Grey's Anatomy to Glee and Family Guy to The Office and 30 Rock. In addition, TV lovers will be able to enjoy full series runs and numerous back seasons of dozens of classic shows like The X-Files, Law and Order: SVU, Arrested Development, Saturday Night Live, Miami Vice, Ugly Betty, Quantum Leap, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell and Ally McBeal.
The Hulu Plus library aggregates content from more than 100 providers across broadcast networks, major studios and independent content creators. For content owners, Hulu Plus offers a compelling new way to distribute and monetize their programs across multiple screens.
For a full list of content providers and shows available, view the Hulu Plus Content page.
Access Anywhere – Across Four Screens on Multiple Devices Subscribers to Hulu Plus will be able to watch their favorite shows not only on their PCs and Macs but also on select mobile phones, televisions (through gaming consoles and other boxes connected to the TV, or directly through Internet-connected TVs), Blu-ray players, and tablets, including Apple's iPad and iPhone. Hulu's preview launch device partners include the Apple iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and third-generation iPod Touch; select Samsung connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and Blu-ray home theater systems; and PS3 coming soon.
In the coming months, Hulu Plus will also be available on additional Sony Electronics Internet-connected entertainment devices including select BRAVIA® TVs and Blu-ray Disc™ players, as well as select TVs and Blu-ray players from VIZIO. In early 2011, Hulu Plus will launch on the Xbox 360. Hulu will continue to evaluate opportunities to extend Hulu Plus to other hardware devices and platforms as well.
For more information on supported devices and system requirements for Hulu Plus, please refer to the Hulu Plus Device Partner page.
High Quality Viewing Experience – Streaming in HD Hulu continues to push the quality of the online video viewing experience forward. Hulu Plus will bring many programs to users in 720p high definition to take advantage of the high-resolution screens on HD-capable devices. On select devices, adaptive bitrate streaming will ensure the highest quality video streams for the viewer's bandwidth.
Advertising Hulu Plus enables Hulu, for the first time, to extend its innovative and targeted ad platform across four screens, reaching Internet-connected users wherever they are. For the preview launch of Hulu Plus, Hulu is partnering with leading marketers Nissan and Bud Light who are expanding their reach with Hulu's engaged and connected audience. Hulu expects to include additional advertisers for the broad consumer launch of Hulu Plus.
Pricing & Availability Hulu Plus is available to U.S. consumers for $9.99 per month. Hulu Plus is currently available as a preview during which subscriptions are offered by invitation only to enable Hulu to ensure the highest quality experience for each user and to responsibly scale the service over time. To request an invite, visit www.hulu.com/plus.
Even without an invite, during this preview period consumers are welcome to download a free Hulu Plus application to the iPad, iPhone 3GS and 4, and third-generation iPod Touch, and other supported devices to test the experience with a limited selection of free episodes and clips. Hulu Plus is expected to be made widely available to the public in the coming months.