Netflix will soon have a competitor in the realm of console and handheld video streaming in the form of Hulu, one of the most popular TV show streaming sites. The Hulu Plus service (which will still incorporate advertising) is currently invite-only, with compatibility currently limited to PCs, Macs, Apple's portable devices as well as Samsung internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. However, in the introductory video and blog post, PlayStation 3 compatibility is promised soon (potentially before the fall, when other products have been slotted for), with an Xbox 360 version coming in 2011. Additionally, the survey required to request an invite asks users if they own a Wii, which may signal a Wii Hulu application in the works.
Microsoft has issued a statement about the addition of Hulu Plus to the Xbox 360, noting that like Netflix before it and ESPN soon, that Hulu's application will be catered to work with the system's strengths. When Hulu Plus does land on the Xbox 360, it will allow users to watch TV programs together in online viewing parties, and without using a remote with Kinect compatibility.
You can learn more about the devices that will support Hulu Plus here, and find out about the currently available Hulu Plus programs here. We will be sure to pass along impressions of the service as soon as we're able to try it. In the meantime, what do you think of Hulu Plus? Do you think it'll be as popular as Netflix Watch Instantly? Which devices would you use Hulu Plus on?
SOURCE: Introducing Hulu Plus: More wherever. More whenever. Than ever. [Hulu Blog]
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