After a few months in beta, Hulu has launched its subscription servce Hulu Plus, into the open marketplace. Now anyone can subscribe to Hulu Plus, and what’s more, they can do it at a lower price of $7.99 a month. I’ve had Hulu Plus since the beta launch, and I will tell you, it’s great to access day-after TV content from your devices. I primarily use Hulu Plus on my iPad, and it’s great for watching catch-up TV in bed or on a plane. If I missed the previous night’s sitcoms or talk shows, I can just get it on my connected iPad. This is the key difference between Hulu Plus and Netflix, which is obviously the big question. Why would you need Hulu Plus if you have Netflix? The short answer is: TV shows. While Hulu has a lot of great films in its library, their biggest advantage to consumers is getting ABC, NBC, and Fox TV shows the day after they premiere. This is not something you get with Netflix. Besides, the iPad isn’t the only way to watch Hulu Plus. It is also available on iPhones, the Roku, Sony Playstation and Microsoft XBox consoles, and more devices to come. In a blog post today, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar divulges more of what you can expect with a Hulu Plus subscription:
In the months to come, Hulu Plus will be coming to Internet-connected Vizio, LG Electronics, and Panasonic Blu-ray players and HDTVs; TiVo Premiere DVRs; the Xbox 360; and Western Digital’s WD TV Live Hub Media Center and WD TV Live Plus Network Media Player, with many more mobile phones, tablets, set-top boxes, and Internet-connected devices to be announced.
We haven’t forgotten about our existing device lineup and applications, either. Over the next week, updates to the Samsung, PlayStation 3, and Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch Hulu Plus apps will be available, bringing a variety of bug fixes and feature and performance enhancements.
Now that the fall TV season is underway, Hulu Plus is the only subscription service to offer every episode of new shows from ABC, Fox, and NBC, including Raising Hope, No Ordinary Family, and The Event, in addition to established favorites like House, Glee, and Modern Family. We’ve also added back seasons of hit shows including Monk, Psych, and Battlestar Galactica, and by year-end, the lineup will include every episode from all 36 seasons of Saturday Night Live.