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Hulu on Tuesday released a its long-rumored iOS application for the iPhone and iPad, but the free software requires a $9.99-per-month subscription to Hulu Plus, currently available as a "limited preview."

"Hulu Plus is not a replacement for Hulu.com," the company said on its official blog Tuesday. "Hulu Plus is a new, revolutionary ad-supported subscription product that is incremental and complementary to the existing Hulu service. For almost all of the current broadcast shows on our service, Hulu Plus offers the full season. Every single episode of the current season will be available, not just a handful of trailing episodes."

Subscribers have access to back seasons and full runs of "some of TV's greatest shows," including episodes of The X-Files, Arrested Development, Law and Order: SVU, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roswell, Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives.

Users must go to hulu.com/plus and request an invite to the Hulu Plus service. The free software (iTunes link) is available for both iPhone and iPad, and allows users to watch over both Wi-Fi and 3G.

Features of the software, according to Hulu, include:
Watch every current season episode of top TV shows from ABC, Fox, and NBC like Family Guy, Modern Family, Glee, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, The Office, The Simpsons, Greys Anatomy, and more.
Enjoy full series runs or back seasons of classic shows like The X-Files, Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Desperate Housewives, Roswell, Miami Vice, Angel, Saturday Night Live, Law and Order: SVU, Ally McBeal, Xena, Quantum Leap, My So-Called Life, and more. Thousands of episodes from hundreds of titles.

Enjoy up to 720p HD resolution with multi bitrate support for an optimized viewing experience for your screen resolution and network connection speed.
Search and browse for shows and videos directly from your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Resume play from where you left off on other Hulu Plus devices including your computer and select mobile phones, internet-connected TVs, and Blu-ray players.
Manage your queue directly from your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Subscribers can also access a free application on certain Internet-connected Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, and Hulu said that more avenues to watch Hulu Plus subscriptions are coming in the future.


"This is just the first step in our mission to bring you TV wherever you are," the company said. "We are already hard at work on porting Hulu Plus to other devices and platforms, with PlayStation 3 coming soon. But thats a story for another day."

Rumors of a pay-only service available for the iPad first surfaced in February. The Hulu Plus name was outed by The Los Angeles Times in May.

Streaming content came to the iPad at launch, with iOS applications from ABC and Netflix. The ABC player provides shows like "Desperate Housewives" for free, with ad support.

The ABC application and its lack of a subscription reportedly caused concern for Hulu. In April, it was reported that Hulu CEO Jason Kilar "desperately" tried to convince ABC not to release its iPad software.
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Now I might have a reason to buy an ipad.
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Well, there goes another of the reasons why Apple just HAD to put Flash onto the iPhone. All the things you couldn't do on an iPhone last winter:

Hulu
Youtube
Farmville
Disney
Car manufacturers
CBS
NYTimes
Porn

All of them now have sites that work on the iDevices - or have promised them very soon.

The part I'm having trouble with is :Hulu Plus is a new, revolutionary ad-supported subscription product".

Hmmmmm... Ad supported, yet it's $10 per month. I hope that's not a new trend.
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Are you kidding? The cost compared to other sources is going up radically.

I'm not going to presume to say that the flash solution will work perfectly on Android phones, but if it is workable their cost will be zero while iPhone users will be spending $10 a month and also $10 per gigabyte above the first two.

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It would appear you can't watch regular Hulu content ("Hulu Minus?") with the iOS app, right? If so, that really sucks.

The Hulu Plus service seems competitively priced against NetFlix. I'm not going to subscribe but not because I have a moral objection to a subscription that includes ads. It's just that if I do need to catch up on a show I can still use the free service from Hulu.
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Omg! Steve jobs does steer the Internet. Okay, go ahead and kill flash. I don't give a s::t anymore.

No apple tv integration?
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"Hulu Plus is a new, revolutionary ad-supported subscription product...."

Yeah: Now our customers have to pay for it. That's really revolutionary.
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Originally Posted by trumptman View Post

Are you kidding? The cost compared to other sources is going up radically.

I'm not going to presume to say that the flash solution will work perfectly on Android phones, but if it is workable their cost will be zero while iPhone users will be spending $10 a month and also $10 per gigabyte above the first two.

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It would appear you can't watch regular Hulu content ("Hulu Minus?") with the iOS app, right? If so, that really sucks.

The Hulu Plus service seems competitively priced against NetFlix. I'm not going to subscribe but not because I have a moral objection to a subscription that includes ads. It's just that if I do need to catch up on a show I can still use the free service from Hulu.

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Just because there is free Hulu now, does not mean there always will be.
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Yeah: Now our customers have to pay for it. That's really revolutionary.

$10 PER month.........rev.....my arss is right!!!! No Hulu fior meeeuuu!
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It would appear you can't watch regular Hulu content ("Hulu Minus?") with the iOS app, right? If so, that really sucks.

The Hulu Plus service seems competitively priced against NetFlix. I'm not going to subscribe but not because I have a moral objection to a subscription that includes ads. It's just that if I do need to catch up on a show I can still use the free service from Hulu.


I'm not going to subscribe because I have just got to watch my pennies.

While I try to build my iPad / iPhone (for when I get an iPhone) app collection by taking advantage of the Free app versions that might unlock one game or offer limited services and "unlock" premium functions and offer more games for pay, along with Apple's "One Click" it is easy for me to get in over my head. Paid apps, subscription here, subscription there, subscription everywhere... newspapers, magazine, tv, movies, songs... can have a Tsunami effect on me when my charge card statement comes due!

Damn "Somebody!"

This is precisely what MS, HP et al eco-system that is wanted by the other major players.

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$10 per month for a service that is free everywhere else = RIPOFF!
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post #12 of 63
How much so most of pay for TV per month which also includes ads on all but the channels we have to pay extra for just so they can repeat the same limited content over each month?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not keen on ads and don't want to pay for content I can get on a device with the same convenience for free, but their guarantee of having ALL episodes available is a huge plus to making this viable and attractive.

It's always been annoying to start watching a series on Hulu just to have some seemingly random episode not be available or an inconsistent time frame between when an episode becomes available and when it gets yanked.

This really isn't different from Netflix streaming except you'll get TV Shows available much sooner, right? If I am not going to utilize Netflix's mail service how is theirs great and Hulu's bad? Is Netflix streaming ad free?


PS: No Android support, eh?

PPS: I may have to keep my Unlimited iPhone plan after all.
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Paying for cable already? Save your money and buy a DVR for your home computer and record all your fav's to watch on iPad.
HULU might be worth it if you don't have a TV provider already.
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Are you kidding? The cost compared to other sources is going up radically.

I'm not going to presume to say that the flash solution will work perfectly on Android phones, but if it is workable their cost will be zero while iPhone users will be spending $10 a month and also $10 per gigabyte above the first two.

But didn't Adobe state that Hulu.com won't work on mobile phones that run Flash Player 10.1?
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The only reason people use Hulu is because it is free. Take that away and people will look somewhere else. ABC was smart to release a free iPad app and other networks should consider doing the same.
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? Is Netflix streaming ad free?

Netflix does stream ad free, but their selection is hit or miss.
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But didn't Adobe stated that Hulu.com won't work on mobile phones that run Flash Player 10.1?

Hulu has artificially limited it from playing on mobiles with Flash 10.1 installed. This was originally fixed by altering your User Agent. However, while this technically works on Nexus One it's far from ideal.
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Are you kidding? The cost compared to other sources is going up radically.

I'm not going to presume to say that the flash solution will work perfectly on Android phones, but if it is workable their cost will be zero while iPhone users will be spending $10 a month and also $10 per gigabyte above the first two.

Like when Google announces wifi tethering in Android, yet Verizon charges more for it? Or is it how testers of Froyo have reported Hulu not loading when it detects the Android browser? Hulu is charging for their service on mobile devices. This includes Android, flash support or not.
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Well, there goes another of the reasons why Apple just HAD to put Flash onto the iPhone. All the things you couldn't do on an iPhone last winter:

Hulu
Youtube
Farmville
Disney
Car manufacturers
CBS
NYTimes
Porn

YouTube has been available as an app since day one.
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Wow! If you have an Internet enabled tv, iPad, PS3, XBox, or laptop, you can cancel your monthly cable subscription and go with this. I just installed the app on both my iPad and iPhone 4 , and the library looks pretty good - much better than the free version. The HD content is pretty nice, too.
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What a joke, Hulu is free on the website/Flash and Hulu Desktop, but you have to pay for the same shows on iPhone with a tiny screen, no thanks.

I cannot wait for the ABC app for iPhone, no iPad here yet...
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What a joke, Hulu is free on the website/Flash and Hulu Desktop, but you have to pay for the same shows on iPhone with a tiny screen, no thanks.

I cannot wait for the ABC app for iPhone, no iPad here yet...

Make you should read the article before you claim it's "the same shows" and exclude the iPad from the list.

PS: It's not a requirement so if Hulu on the desktop is good enough for you then go for it.
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Hulu Plus is a new, revolutionary ad-supported subscription product

So Hulu gets money from advertising and you pay Hulu money to watch those advertisements and the shows (which have already been paid for when they were broadcast on television)?
Isn't the purpose of advertising to recoup the cost of the shows?
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Should you be surprised to see an ad-supported subscription?

You pay for cable or satellite and you still get ads...No difference with Hulu...

All you can hope is that the ads are not on the videos itself like you see on television but instead are banners located somewhere in the app.
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Are you kidding? The cost compared to other sources is going up radically.

I'm not going to presume to say that the flash solution will work perfectly on Android phones, but if it is workable their cost will be zero while iPhone users will be spending $10 a month and also $10 per gigabyte above the first two.

I've read that hulu is blocked on Android now. There is more content available on hulu plus though, so even if hulu does work on android with flash, a subscription to hulu plus would still give you access to more content. You're not paying $10 a month to use Hulu on the iPhone, you are paying $10 a month to use a better version on Hulu that also works on the iPhone.
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So Hulu gets money from advertising and you pay Hulu money to watch those advertisements and the shows (which have already been paid for when they were broadcast on television)?
Isn't the purpose of advertising to recoup the cost of the shows?

Do we not do this for cable and satellite TV already?
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$10 per month for a service that is free everywhere else = RIPOFF!

Hulu is not going to be free forever
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What a joke, Hulu is free on the website/Flash and Hulu Desktop, but you have to pay for the same shows on iPhone with a tiny screen, no thanks.

I cannot wait for the ABC app for iPhone, no iPad here yet...

From my understanding Hulu Plus has a larger library and shows you won't see on the free site...
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HULU might be worth it if you don't have a TV provider already.

Is there any way to get high speed broadband without a TV provider. DSL isn't quite fast enough for streaming TV especially not HD.

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What a joke, Hulu is free on the website/Flash and Hulu Desktop, but you have to pay for the same shows on iPhone with a tiny screen, no thanks.

I cannot wait for the ABC app for iPhone, no iPad here yet...

You are paying for MORE availability and MORE content - and on OTHER devices (like PS3).

There is still a lot of info missing - what will happen to the free version? Rumors still remain that they will be getting a HUGE cut in content, and even MORE commercials.

AND

The subscription includes 720p streaming (on PC and other devices, like PS3)

And entire season libraries of shows...

And you can expect more to come.

Networks pulled shows because they didn't have this. I can't wait for them to come back (and maybe bring more!)
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Do we not do this for cable and satellite TV already?

Who is this "we" you speak of? I certainly don't.

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Hulu is not going to be free forever

While that's probably true, that doesn't make the complaint that it's free on other platforms but not iPhone any less valid.
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"...revolutionary ad-supported subscription product ..."

I thought the reason for having a subscription service is to avoid having ads? They don't show commercials on HBO or any good cable movie channel, I don't like Hulu forcing ads on people who are paying. However, it is still a welcome service and yet another reason to buy an iPad or iPhone. Netflix cost most people over $14-20/month and have to wait for most content to be mailed to you, so I guess $10/month for anytime anywhere access is worth it.
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Is there any way to get high speed broadband without a TV provider. DSL isn't quite fast enough for streaming TV especially not HD.

I'm getting 12Mbps from Qwest with no TV service through them.
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Can only sign up for a future invitation to sign up which is not forthcoming today and must be applied for only from the Hulu website and not from the app which only renders a not available yet message with no notice to go to the website.

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I thought the reason for having a subscription service is to avoid having ads? They don't show commercials on HBO or any good cable movie channel, I don't like Hulu forcing ads on people who are paying. However, it is still a welcome service and yet another reason to buy an iPad or iPhone. Netflix cost most people over $14-20/month and have to wait for most content to be mailed to you, so I guess $10/month for anytime anywhere access is worth it.

Actually, Netflix is charging me $8.99 per month for my plan. I can have one DVD out at a time and unlimited streaming (although only a subset of their movies are available for streaming).


I agree, however, that charging for an app that still has ads is going to turn a lot of people off. I'd imagine that's another thing we can chalk up to our short-sighted entertainment industry execs.
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post #36 of 63
Hulu Plus only works in the US.

As per music and books, Apple will have to go through the same approval processes on a network by network and country by country basis.

You could get a video converter to capture video, i.e., your favorite TV show, and convert it to the iPhone h.264 format.
http://www.iphone-videoconverter.com/index.html

BTW, I have TV/Movies on Demand on my cable service. Some contain ads at the beginning. But I can fast forward if I want.
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Wow, that's ridiculously stupid. I think I'd rather have Netflix at that price. What are they drinking?!
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Is there any way to get high speed broadband without a TV provider. DSL isn't quite fast enough for streaming TV especially not HD.

Most DSL services will go up to 3 or 6 Meg now. Most of the time the bandwidth isn't the issue so much as the compression. Flash based content is usually pretty ugly from a quality standpoint and just as bad from a bandwidth standpoint. A lot of times to you can have an awesome connection but the server you get content from isn't giving you good speeds, then it doesn't matter how fast your DSL or cable internet.

This is why I like the Apple download model vs streaming services like Hulu. It doesn't fill a buffer then stop, it downloads in the background constantly until you got the whole thing.

I think Hulu thinks a bit too highly of their content if they want to charge $10 per month, way to much considering how much of it you can get elsewhere. They'd be better off doing a 1 time $10 app fee, then marking certain content as premium. Could be based on how new the content is or type (TV vs Movie). They could then tell you that with the 1 time purchase you continue to get access to their basic shows but a monthly subscription would give you full access. Definitely the ads gotta go for paid subscribers, super lame!
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Netflix cost most people over $14-20/month and have to wait for most content to be mailed to you, so I guess $10/month for anytime anywhere access is worth it.

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Actually, Netflix is charging me $8.99 per month for my plan. I can have one DVD out at a time and unlimited streaming (although only a subset of their movies are available for streaming).

Actually if you read my comment I said "most," that means not everyone but a large number of. So, you and others may not fall under "most," and may pay less money. That one word covered your payment plan, so your first paragraph reply was unneeded as I don't think anyone really cares about your personal chosen payment plan. Have a good day.
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Wow, that's ridiculously stupid. I think I'd rather have Netflix at that price. What are they drinking?!

It's only ridiculously stupid if they don't make any money with it. Their up front costs are probably pretty nil. They can make money with relatively few subscribers. Only time will tell if this business model experiment is successful. Keep in mind that the masses don't think like the pseudo nerd wannabes on forums like this one.
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