When Hulu launched the preview of its new $9.99/month subscription service "Hulu Plus" a couple of weeks ago, it only hinted at console support--but on Wednesday, the preview was opened to a select group of Playstation 3 users.
"We are delighted to offer the Hulu Plus preview starting today on PlayStation 3 and that PlayStation 3 will be the only console to offer Hulu Plus in 2010," Sony President and CEO Jack Tretton said in a press release.
The preview is available to a select group of Playstation 3 users who currently subscribe to Playstation Plus. Playstation Plus, which also launched a couple of weeks ago, is a subscription service that features games, game previews, and discounts/early purchases, and costs users $50 per year (or $18 per month for three months). The Hulu Plus subscription will still cost an additional $9.99 per month.
At the moment, it looks like Wii and Xbox users are out of luck--as the Playstation 3 will be the only console to have Hulu Plus support, at least for the next five or six months. However, there are still a number of other devices--including iPhones, iPads, and iPods; Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players; and, of course, your computer--that already support the Hulu Plus preview. According to the Hulu Plus website, it looks like the Xbox 360 will be the next console to get Hulu Plus.
While Playstation Plus subscription is currently a requirement to receive the preview of Hulu Plus, it won't be necessary once the preview period is over--all Playstation 3 users will be able to subscribe, whether they're dropping $50 on Playstation Plus or not.
If you are one of the lucky ones who owns a Playstation 3 and subscribes to Playstation Plus, simply download the Hulu Plus app and request an invitation--there's no guarantee that you'll get one, and remember that if you do, you'll still be paying $9.99 per month.