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Hulu Plus Confirmed To Hit PS3, "Some Blu-Ray Players"

Every once in a while, the rumors prove true. ...and this time, Sony one-upped Microsoft in the race to add the popular Hulu service.

Today, Hulu has announced a limited launch of Hulu Plus, "an ad-supported, premium subscription service" that will cost $9.99 per month and give you access to high-definition TV shows from NBC, ABC and Fox. This new service will be available on several different platforms, including PC, iPad, iPhone, some Samsung Blu-Ray players and yes, the PlayStation 3. Right now, this is only being offered to certain Hulu members who have received an invitation; if you'd like to request said invitation, feel free to do so. If you don't get an invite, you can still download a Hulu Plus app on the iPad, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4; this app will boast a "limited number of episodes" but at least you'll be able to check it out. Hulu confirms that the new service "will launch broadly in the coming months;" this includes the Xbox 360 "in early 2011." Hulu Plus is a fully loaded service featuring television programs from over 100 current providers, and that includes every episode from current seasons of 45 programs on the three aforementioned stations.

You can watch them in 720p high-definition glory, or you can choose to downgrade them "in low-bandwidth scenarios." If this is your bag and you're not into the handheld electronic craze, perhaps you'd feel more comfortable utilizing the PS3 as your preferred Hulu Plus platform.

Tags: hulu, ps3, hulu plus, sony

6/29/2010 3:01:59 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (44 posts)

Highlander
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 3:14:53 PM
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Excellent news. Not that I want or need this service,, it's another tick box on the PS3 resume, and it's another nail in the coffin of the satellite and cable TV operators.

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Button Masher
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 3:17:21 PM
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I think we're finally on the path for cable providers to become nothing more than bandwidth providers!!!

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Radiitz
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 3:35:32 PM
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Hurry up for Europe Hulu! :/

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Zemus101
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 10:39:55 PM

Canada too! Probably never see Hulu over here though. At least I get to see the PS video store in a couple days.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 7:58:35 AM

the most i know of hulu is family guy clips from youtube.

bring it to us.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 4:18:56 PM
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I just tripped over this little negget while looking at something else. FFXIV will NOT be coming to the Xbox 360.

I know this is something that many here had assumed would be the case, but even so there were persistent rumors that the 360 would ultimately get FFXIV as well.

However apparently not, and Microsoft can thank itself for not getting the game. Square Enix blamed the proprietary, closed network that the 360 has as the sticking point. They couldn't work out a deal with MS.

Interesting eh?

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 4:19:41 PM

here is a link to the original Story. I looked back through the archive here at PSXExtreme and couldn't find reference to it. So...

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3180091

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StangMan80
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 4:37:20 PM

Yes! now FF will use the PS3 full potential and won't be held back by the 360.
I am so glad of all the PlayStation s exclusives

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 4:51:07 PM

I doubt it, Square wanted this on the 360. Its just not going to happen because of MS. I assume they built the game with the 360 in mind. Im sure XIV still wont maximize the PS3.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 5:05:26 PM

Highlander,
<<<<Square Enix blamed the proprietary, closed network that the 360 has>>>>

OK, so that's good for the PS3, but I can't see MS not trying to throw tons more money at SE, just to get this game.

But for me, I guess it's probably because I'm not sure I'm getting exactly what's meant by "proprietary, closed network" anyway

BTW, if I can remember right, didn't the other earlier FF MMO get on MS's machine though?

If so, then what's the big diff now?



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laxpro2001
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 8:49:15 PM

A little off topic aren't we highlander?

still its good news just probably better suited for the forums or something more related.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 10:46:03 PM

@lax,

Well, aren't we quite the 'topic nazi'? If Ben, Arnold or John want me to do something, all they need do is ask. I was contributing this as a news link I found while reading an article related to Hulu. Since it also is in regard to the open nature of PSN vs the close nature of XBL and that has an impact on services like Hulu, I think there is some relevance. Either way, don't tell me what I can, and cannot post.

@BikerSait
MS' XBL is closed as in the only services on it are Microsoft ones. Everything is done through MS and MS servers. PSN differs in that it provides the transactional framework and authentication, but other than that PS3s are directly on the Internet, so services like Hulu are under the control of the owner of the service, not Sony. If I were providing a network service I would not want to have to share any control or any more revenue than necessary with anyone.

SE with FFXIV need to retain complete control over the content, and the game runs on their servers, not Microsoft ones. Although you authenticate through PSN and perhaps even purchase the initial service through PSN, the relationship between you the gamer and SE the service provider is direct, there is no middle man.

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laxpro2001
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 11:49:20 PM

"Well, aren't we quite the 'topic nazi'?"
Real mature Highlander.

"Since it also is in regard to the open nature of PSN vs the close nature of XBL and that has an impact on services like Hulu, I think there is some relevance."

I saw nothing in Ben's article or the orignal article citing the open vs closed nature of the online networks.

"Either way, don't tell me what I can, and cannot post."

I'm not telling you what you can and cannot post. I was merely just commenting that it was completely off topic. When people post things completely unrelated to the topic being discussed it looks silly.

It's not like there aren't other ways to post this on the site without being off topic. The forums for one, are a perfect place to make your own topic and discuss this article.

Honestly you are being way too defensive and sensitive here. You won't admit it but you are. Have some damn humility, it's ok to admit you made a mistake, no one is perfect.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 12:12:45 AM

@Lax

Your exact words (in case your forgot, or simply didn't glance a little further up the page, were;

"A little off topic aren't we highlander?

still its good news just probably better suited for the forums or something more related. "

Now, Personally, that sounds an awful lot like a mild flame for posting off topic and a suggestion that I not post it here but in the forum. In my book, that kind of qualifies as telling me what I can or cannot, should or should not, post. As for "topic nazi", that phrase has been around on the net since the mid 90's when people used Usenet, and not comment sections or web forums. It doesn't invoke Godwin, never has and never will. If you wish I will simply refer to you as the topic police, as a courtesy to you.

And as for the whole "real mature" thing, you sound like a schoolmarm.

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laxpro2001
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 3:30:23 AM

@Highlander

You know what... this whole thing got way out of hand. I consider you to be very level headed highlander and I don't want to have a problem with anyone on these boards.

You're one of those people like WorldEndsWithMe, Jawknee, Coverton, BikerSaint, LimitedVertigo(where the heck is he anyway?), etc. that adds a lot of value to these comment sections which makes it more enjoyable for me to participate. We are part of a pretty close community and for us to argue would just make the community seem like a less friendly place, which it obviously isn't.

I'm sorry that you read my comment in the way you did as that was not what I intended. I was just trying to point out that it might have been better suited for other places. I can't control what other people post or where they post it and I'd be foolish to think I could or had any right to.

I apologize for this getting out of hand the way it did. Can we just forgive and forget?

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 8:58:29 AM

Sure we can. At best I was over-reacting, and at worst I wasn't being particularly nice. Either way, I apologize.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 9:46:28 PM

I think I might change my user name to "etc." just so I can get a shout-out! lol ^.^

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coverton341
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 4:23:23 PM
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In all honesty, if you have a PC with a decent monitor or the ability to connect it to your tele why in the world would you need to pay $9.99 a month to have it on anything else. I mean it's free from the website, unless they plan on capping how much you can watch in a given time a la Pandora Radio.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 4:47:14 PM

I think you know that they will monetize their content, which means that your free ride on a PC with a browser as soon as they work out how.

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coverton341
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 4:51:11 PM

Yeah I know they will. They will probably do it exactly like Pandora did, you get so many hours a month for a free account and if you want unlimited viewing without adverts then you are going to have to subscribe.

I was all about holding out hope but honestly I don't think the free PC option will be around much longer.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 11:48:14 PM

Highlander,
Ok, thanks to you, I think I understand it now.

But I''m wondering how was MS to grab that earlier FF MMO?
I'm thinking that SE realized they made a big error earlier with MS, and is now rectifying that mistake by not letting MS have that kind of control with their latest MMO??

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 12:14:42 AM

Not sure Biker, perhaps the infrastructure that they could provide to host games (at the time) was a major bonus as far as SE was concerned. Now it's much cheaper to host things, and with the whole MMO thing being such a monster now, SE may have wanted more control than MS was willing to give. You know, like any control at all...

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 6:28:50 PM
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Yay for hulu on ps3, boo for hulu charging us for it.

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frostface
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 7:24:22 PM
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Who?Lu? Never heard of this service!

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FlyingKickPunch
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 7:36:49 PM
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Someone right now at Microsoft is gnashing their teeth. :)

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CharlesD
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 8:46:08 PM
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I would love to see PS3 become capable of providing full live television service.

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hehateme
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 8:46:44 PM
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although this is nice its crazy to try and compete with netflix which offers SO much more than this site ever could...dont get my wrong here but the thing about hulu was it was always free.. now to charge i dont see why id pay.. it should have came with my playstation + subscription.. but someones gonna like it i guess.. ill stick with the beast that brought down BlockBuster netflix!

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The X Factor 9
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 9:33:38 PM
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$9.99 a month AND I still need to watch commercials? No thanks.
If this was somehow integrated into PS Plus, I'd use it though.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 10:01:59 PM
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I'm going to try it for a month or so. I pay over $70 a month for my television shows and only ever watch about 4 shows a week. I pay $15 a month just for the friggin' DVR. $9.99 sounds like a deal to me. And it sounds like an upgrade from the regular Hulu.

When I tried Netflix, I was not that impressed for the price. Shipping sucked (not as badly as Gamefly, though). Plus the line up of downloadable movies was pretty crummy. I think looking at the page Hulu may have a better line up to offer.

Oh, and the girlfriend will be happy to see they have 458 episodes of "Days of Our Lives".

I still don't like that Hulu shut down playing on the PS3 to begin with, though. I would love to hear of a discount for Plus members, too.

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King James
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 10:20:17 PM
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So how is this different from the Hulu service thats available now...for free??

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 10:51:56 PM
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You know, this kind of knocks the whole exclusive ESPN content thing announced at E3 off to the side a little.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 11:51:46 PM
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It's a shame that Sony can't throw a bundle together with all these Netflix, Hulu, Espn type services.

Like maybe a secondary part of PSN+, (Example: for $25 a month you get all of the movie & TV type channels).

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laxpro2001
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 11:56:24 PM

That would be rather cool assuming I had an internet connection fast enough to stream seamlessly

EDIT:
But then again that would probably mean the PS3 would be on a hell of a lot more longer so that would probably be bad in my case.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:48:07 AM
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There is a rumor doing the rounds that this will require s PlayStation Plus subscription. I'm not sure why since it will be available on other net connected Blu-Ray players as well.

Hopefully there will be an official announcement with all the facts soon.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 12:57:25 PM
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Well, streaming sites don't seem to work well for me, even though I've got a DLS at 3mib's(or whatever it's frigged designated at, LOL).

What I get usually while trying to stream is a long buffer, then a few seconds of picture, then another long buffer, short pic again, & long buffer again, and so on...
Well, you get the the picture, that I surely CAN'T get the picture.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 2:01:38 PM

That sounds like my service. Sucks doesn't it? Oh well, I'm sure that our new streaming overlords will fix it. I for one welcome our new streaming overlords.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 3:12:15 PM
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For anyone looking for a review of hat Hulu Plus offers, check this link out.

Basically what it comes down to is that instead of only being able to see the most recent episodes of something you'll have access to every episode. It also sounds very, very much like this should *not* requires a PlayStation Plus subscription since it's a platform agnostic service. You can use it on the move as well as from your PC, you net enabled TV or BluRay player. So I continue to find it likely that PlayStation Plus is not a requirement of Hulu Plus.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2010/06/hands-on-with-hulu-plus-ios-app-expanded-library-a-plus.ars

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Temjin001
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:07:18 PM

Actually, it appears that Hulu Plus does require a PSN+ membership according to some very recent headlines I've read.

I find this news upsetting. Especially considering that Sony criticized MS for having users pay "double fees" and here they are about a year later doing the same....

Check the link for the reminder.
http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=22204



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Highlander
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 1:50:20 AM

Not sure whether that is pre-production code, an early preview for Plus members, or someone at Sony being a dork.

Eitehr way, I'm not sure it's supportable since you can get HuluPlus on so many other HDTV and BluRay devices that are not part of PSN.

The thing is, I can't see your continuing membership of PlayStation Plus being mandatory for Hulu Plus service once you purchase the initial subscription. Even if this turns out to be so, I would expect it to change within a few months (at the most).

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Temjin001
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 9:50:37 AM

This was one of the stories that broke about PSN+ having to be part of Hulu for PSN users..

I hope it's not true.

http://kotaku.com/5576022/rumor-hulu-plus-requires-playstation-plus-subscription

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 4:52:41 PM
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Kinda sucks though since Hulu used to work for free in the browser. Maybe not in 720p but it worked.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:10:15 PM

You also don't have access to all the episodes in 'free hulu', only the last half dozen or so. Hulu Plus gives you all the episodes you can view.

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Crabba
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 3:10:47 AM
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I've never really cared about Hulu because their selection is so bad, and I'd rather see they keep it as an ad-supported site and improve on the content. Even with this "Hulu Plus" it still doesn't seem like you can watch earlier seasons of a show, only episodes from the "latest" season, which makes it pretty worthless to me anyway.

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556pineapple
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 12:22:29 PM
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Maybe I'll take advantage of this and ditch cable. It's getting a little pricey for me...

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