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Apple on Tuesday quietly updated the Apple TV set-top box, adding a new application for the Hulu Plus streaming video service.

The subscription service appeared on users' Apple TV home screens on Tuesday without the need for a software update. Those who subscribe to the Hulu Plus service can log in to access their account, while new users are offered a free one-week trial.

Hulu Plus joins Netflix, MLB.TV, the NBA, NHL, Vimeo, YouTube, and WSJ Live as third-party content providers available on the Apple TV. They join Apple's own iTunes content available for sale or rental.

The $7.99-per-month Hulu Plus service debuted in mid-2010, offering access to back episodes of popular shows like "Family Guy," "Modern Family" and "Glee." Users of the service have previously been able to access Hulu Plus on their iPhone or iPad.

Apple has steadily added new applications to the Apple TV even without the availability of a dedicated App Store, like exists on the iPhone, iPad and even Mac platforms. Streaming MLB and NBA games were added along with 5.1 sound support for Netflix in March of 2011, while NHL games, Wall Street Journal Live, Photo Stream, AirPlay Mirroring and iTunes Trailers were added with a software update last October.

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This fall, the functionality of the Apple TV will grow with the launch of iOS 6. Developer previews of the forthcoming software update have the added ability to reorder icons on the Apple TV home screen, much like users can do on an iPhone or iPad. The third iOS 6 beta for Apple TV also added enhanced AirPlay control, allowing users to actively stream audio to external AirPlay-capable speakers.
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My only issue is that if this is just like the iPad version you can't watch the stuff that is free on the computer. You can only see anything if you are paying and that irks me

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Wow. $10/month to sit through a s#!t-ton of advertisements? Where do I sign up?

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Please allow third party services...

 

The Apple TV is pretty much useless in the UK.

 

If they were to allow iPlayer, Demand 5, 4OD and iTV Player then they would have a very desirable box...

 

Still, even without these its a good box. It could be so much more though with a few software improvements.

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IPlayer to Apple TV is something I've being predicting for the past 2 years. Its a logical win win for both parties, once all the studio licenses, etc get resolved. A possible hint is the amount of Disney movies found in their film  library. Bob Iger prepping

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Well that's big.

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Same here. But its yet to happen. They could of ironed it out by now if they were really interested.

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Please allow third party services...

 

The Apple TV is pretty much useless in the UK.

 

If they were to allow iPlayer, Demand 5, 4OD and iTV Player then they would have a very desirable box...

 

Still, even without these its a good box. It could be so much more though with a few software improvements.

 

I'm sure that's something they're working on considering all of the 3rd party media they've already added in the US. But to make development of 3rd party apps happen faster they should just come out with an SDK. Even if initially they only allows video and media apps it would certainly hasten European Media outlets getting their apps out on the Apple TV platform.

 

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Wow. $10/month to sit through a s#!t-ton of advertisements? Where do I sign up?

 

Wow I didn't realize Hulu Plus still had ads.

 

I like the standard Hulu and it's a really great way to catch some of the latest episodes of shows you missed for free. I've always thought Apple should consider a similar model and maybe push iAds for video so they can offer shows for free and still make a profit. I'm sure far more people would download or stream shows from iTunes if they were free (even if they had to sit through a few iAds).

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I checked my AppleTV and it just shows up, I didn't need to upgrade any software. Hulu Plus gives you a month for free, then it's $8/mo after that. People say cableTV is expensive but if I start adding up all the streaming sites, I'm sure it will cost more than a simple package from Comcast (even though I don't watch 60% of the channels I pay for).

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I want to see pictures (and video) of the UI on Apple TV (I'll find out in a few minutes). It was horrid on my Roku, and very slow loading content. That's the main reason I cancelled, then sold the Roku.

 

How about Crackle? I'd like to see that added, too! I don't mind the commercials from a FREE app.

 

Oh, and Hulu Plus is still $7.99

 

I just signed up again through Best Buy Reward Zone Silver Member Program Partners Offers - 1st month free, and 100 points per month for 6 months. :) 

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Same here. But its yet to happen. They could of ironed it out by now if they were really interested.

 

> I cut my Cablevision Cable last year, I can survive happily with the Iplayer (with a VPN) & Netflix. Access to the iPlayer in the US would be a content game changer, plus it would be handy for Jony.

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Welcome to post-Jobs, disorganized & confused Apple.

 

Where Hulu Plus makes an announcement about this on their blog, but Apple's website doesn't list it anywhere.

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HBO Go next please!
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Excellent. Hulu+ may be eight bucks a month, but for that you get many more episodes of current shows and some full seasons.

 

I almost never watch live TV.

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now we just need the SlingBox app and the ATV would be perfect!

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Wow. $10/month to sit through a s#!t-ton of advertisements? Where do I sign up?

 

Yeah, it's a pretty shit deal.  I don't know why people don't call this stuff out more.  

 

I'm guessing that despite the article not indicating such that this is another US only thing too.  I don't know what else they have on Hulu plus, but Family Guy and Modern Family are both currently available on Netflix and have been for some time and Glee is ... well, only a very limited audience even likes that show.  

 

If it didn't have commercials, and had a lot of stuff to offer I might be tempted but their offerings are weak.

 

The commercials are pretty outrageous also.  Pretty much the whole point and the chief bonus of switching from cable to Internet TV is the complete lack of commercial interruption.  If I'm paying $8 a month, why the f*ck should I have to or want to watch commercials?

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Originally Posted by Sedicivalvole View Post

Please allow third party services...

 

The Apple TV is pretty much useless in the UK.

 

If they were to allow iPlayer, Demand 5, 4OD and iTV Player then they would have a very desirable box...

 

Still, even without these its a good box. It could be so much more though with a few software improvements.

 

Probably no consolation but it's the same in Canada.  

Pretty much all of the add-ons and services you hear about in the tech press for Apple TV are only available in the USA.  

 

In Canada, you can't even buy stuff on the AppleTV even though the programs are available to buy in iTunes on your computer in the next room.  The prices are shite of course, but even so, if I can buy something in one room of my house, not being able to buy it in another on a similar device connected to the same network is just ridiculous. Even worse is that you *used* to be able to do this, but then they took it away, and It's been that way for almost two years now.  

 

I seriously don't see how they expect AppleTV to catch on with all this nonsense and unreliability built into the model.  

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An Apple-sanctioned PLEX AppleTV app would be awesome, but Hulu+ is cool too.

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Hulu Plus on Apple TV? Great!

Hulu Plus is a great addition to Apple TV. I've enjoyed Hulu Plus on my Roku devices for some time. I'm glad to see it's now available on my Apple TV devices.

 

Yes, it's $8/month. Like it's always been.

 

And, yes, there are commercials, like there have always been. But, I consider that I used to pay $60/month for cable TV that included commercials, and now I pay $8/month for TV that includes fewer commercials.

 

And, no, Hulu Plus isn't a complete replacement for cable or satellite. At least, not for everybody. But, it was good enough for me. Hulu Plus, along with iTunes TV show purchases (used to be rentals, before that option went away), means that for the last year-and-a-half, I'm paying a heckuva lot less for TV.

 

And, no, you can't watch standard (free) Hulu content on it. Just like always. And just like on every other device. That's not Apple's fault, and it's not Hulu's fault. That's the content rights owners that are preventing the content from being streamed to a mobile or set-top box. No, I don't like it. But, I don't blame Chevrolet is there's not a road going where I want to go.

 

This is a plus for Apple TV.


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Hulu Plus is a great addition to Apple TV. I've enjoyed Hulu Plus on my Roku devices for some time. I'm glad to see it's now available on my Apple TV devices.

 

Yes, it's $8/month. Like it's always been.

 

And, yes, there are commercials, like there have always been. But, I consider that I used to pay $60/month for cable TV that included commercials, and now I pay $8/month for TV that includes fewer commercials.

 

And, no, Hulu Plus isn't a complete replacement for cable or satellite. At least, not for everybody. But, it was good enough for me. Hulu Plus, along with iTunes TV show purchases (used to be rentals, before that option went away), means that for the last year-and-a-half, I'm paying a heckuva lot less for TV.

 

And, no, you can't watch standard (free) Hulu content on it. Just like always. And just like on every other device. That's not Apple's fault, and it's not Hulu's fault. That's the content rights owners that are preventing the content from being streamed to a mobile or set-top box. No, I don't like it. But, I don't blame Chevrolet is there's not a road going where I want to go.

 

This is a plus for Apple TV.

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Please allow third party services...

The Apple TV is pretty much useless in the UK.

If they were to allow iPlayer, Demand 5, 4OD and iTV Player then they would have a very desirable box...
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Who says it's Apple not allowing it.

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About time... although the fact you still get more on the free web version than the paid iOS version is moronic, and frankly reflects the broken state of digital media distribution.

 

I will now finally buy an Apple TV... this is what I have been holding out for. Pick up tonight!
 

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Welcome to post-Jobs, disorganized & confused Apple.

Where Hulu Plus makes an announcement about this on their blog, but Apple's website doesn't list it anywhere.

That could have been a condition of Hulu signing the deal. And since Apple is likely making more money off iTunes they wouldn't really care about the issue so they let Hulu have that honor

Personally I would rather see all SD only options dropped, the triple dropped to the SD pricing (if not more in a few cases), all shows at 720p right now and 1080p within a year, all missing seasons added back and the nets counting those views along with the ratings. Oh and releases within a month of original OTA regardless of country of origins in all stores (in other words a new ep of Sherlock airs tonight in the UK by Sept 1 I can buy it on the US store).

Drive traffic to iTunes for commercial free viewing instead of folks going to torrents in droves. Especially if that legal acquisition could keep the next cult fav on the air a bit longer.

Wouldn't hurt if they went similar ways with movies, getting subtitles and alt audio on everything, Extras working on iOS etc

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Seriously?  People are b!tching about $8 a month when they have fewer commercials than they have OTA.  Instead of having 4 or 5 commercials per break you get 1 or two and, OMG, it's $8 a month!?!? I mean, who in the world would pay for that?!?!?!  Umm... How much do you pay for your cable?  30 - 40 if not more. So you get a DVR? Well, that's nice, you're basically paying an additional $10 a month to be able to skip most of the commercials you are paying for with your regular cable feed.  Hulu remains the only place where you can go to see all the previous seasons of tons of shows.  Compare Hulu+ to Apple's solution. You get ad-free TV shows but if you watch more than, what, 4, it's already advantage Hulu. Yeah, it'd be nice if it was commercial free but let's be honest here - Apple's solution charges much, much, much more for the same content to be ad-free. If you want ad free you'd need to pay at least $30 a month which, ironically enough, is about the minimum you'd pay for real cable.

 

Hulu+ is still, to me, the best game in town for TV shows. You wait 1 day, you end up with maybe 3 mins of commercials for an hour long show and you don't have to wait an enternity for it to show up on NetFlix.

 

So - cable - $30+, Hulu+ $8. Both have commercials, Hulu has fewer of them and they are all available on-demand.  I really have no idea why people complain about it so much...

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Who says it's Apple not allowing it.

 

BBC iPlayer is on practically every smart device around. Even my Samsung TV has iPlayer built-in. It would be very surprising indeed if the BBC hasn't approached Apple already.

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I think this has to co-incide with Mountain Lion. Now you can just airplay the web version of Hulu directly to your TV so Hulu knows the only way to combat people just doing that is to offer it up directly on Apple TV.  I'll still probably go the freebie web version unless it doesn't convert very well but Hulu really only had one choice with the advent of Airplay from the Mac.

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Seriously?  People are b!tching about $8 a month when they have fewer commercials than they have OTA.  Instead of having 4 or 5 commercials per break you get 1 or two and, OMG, it's $8 a month!?!? I mean, who in the world would pay for that?!?!?!  Umm... How much do you pay for your cable?  30 - 40 if not more. So you get a DVR? Well, that's nice, you're basically paying an additional $10 a month to be able to skip most of the commercials you are paying for with your regular cable feed.  Hulu remains the only place where you can go to see all the previous seasons of tons of shows.  Compare Hulu+ to Apple's solution. You get ad-free TV shows but if you watch more than, what, 4, it's already advantage Hulu. Yeah, it'd be nice if it was commercial free but let's be honest here - Apple's solution charges much, much, much more for the same content to be ad-free. If you want ad free you'd need to pay at least $30 a month which, ironically enough, is about the minimum you'd pay for real cable.

 

Hulu+ is still, to me, the best game in town for TV shows. You wait 1 day, you end up with maybe 3 mins of commercials for an hour long show and you don't have to wait an enternity for it to show up on NetFlix.

 

So - cable - $30+, Hulu+ $8. Both have commercials, Hulu has fewer of them and they are all available on-demand.  I really have no idea why people complain about it so much...

 

My thoughts exactly. An entire generation of freeloaders seem to have joined Apple's user-base. It's painful reading the comments sometimes.

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According to Dealmac, you can pay for this through your iTunes account, so I assume that Apple gets their standard cut for people who subscribe that way.  I hope this is a precursor to a full-blown app store for ATV.

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It's abut time! Hulu Plus and MLB.TV are the only TV I pay for.
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OK, this is definitely  a Steve A.D. deal, as Steve would never allow this to happen. I'm actually really glad to see this happen as I can now watch Hulu in my bedroom. I'm almost ready to kill my Netflix subscription once I get in all of my Breaking Bad episodes. Hulu just seems more reasonable, even with the adverts. I spend 7 or 8 bucks for the DVR feature and this more than makes up for the ability to record. Plus I can go back and watch episodes from long ago.

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HBO Go next please!

This!

 

While I'm glad Hulu Plus is added for those that use it and also to allow for better competition- It's something I won't use.  HBO Go... that I absolutely would and is fantastic for On Demand HBO shows- and gorgeous UI to boot (on iPad).  Come on Apple/HBO.... make it happen.... Microsoft/HBO did already......

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Hulu Plus also carries the Criterion Collection of films.
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And, no, you can't watch standard (free) Hulu content on it. Just like always. And just like on every other device. That's not Apple's fault, and it's not Hulu's fault. That's the content rights owners that are preventing the content from being streamed to a mobile or set-top box. No, I don't like it. But, I don't blame Chevrolet is there's not a road going where I want to go.

 

What you are seeing is people who don't use Hulu Plus complaining about that b/c it is completely counter intuitive.  I don't have Hulu Plus and it makes absolutely zero sense to me why they wouldn't allow the free content to stream.  I don't want to have to mirror my screen to the TV when I want to watch some shows and use the app for others.  That's stupid.  Netflix works fine for my family's needs tho so I'm ok.

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BBC iPlayer is on practically every smart device around. Even my Samsung TV has iPlayer built-in. It would be very surprising indeed if the BBC hasn't approached Apple already.

I am surprised the Beeb and Apple haven't done a deal by now. It could be a huge revenue earner for the BBC. I know many here in the States would love to have it.
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Excellent. Hulu+ may be eight bucks a month, but for that you get many more episodes of current shows and some full seasons.

What's the quality? Does it approach HD?

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What's the quality? Does it approach HD?


It's pretty good actually - probably about the same as the old 720p iTunes.

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I seriously don't see how they expect AppleTV to catch on with all this nonsense and unreliability built into the model.  

Getting country-by-country copyrights is a headache. Cross-border rights barely exist. You should take it up with your Canadian Ministry of Whatever.... :-)

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If they were to allow iPlayer, Demand 5, 4OD and iTV Player then they would have a very desirable box...

 

Yes please, that would be fantastic.

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Cool story. I personally launched Hulu on the Apple TV a few days ago with Airplay Mirroring. For free.

 

What a lot of people don't know and I only found out through their free trial on Xbox, is that half the content available to everyone for free in their browser is unavailable for Hulu PLus on devices due to various licensing restrictions between Hulu and its content providers. Very lame. Hulu Plus just isn't a great deal. Even less great if you have Mountain Lion and can just beam everything to your TV for free. Sure, you have to pay to watch season two of The Office or whatever, but you could do that with Netflix and get a whole bunch of other popular shows that Hulu doesn't even offer (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Louie, the list goes on and on). 

 

On a side note I would love to see PBS get an app on Apple TV. Their iOS apps are fantastic. I also wouldn't mind paying for access to BBC's iPlayer since I am in the States and usually have to resort to 'other methods' to get the latest Top Gear or Brian Cox helicopter on a mountain astronomy/physics lesson ;)

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I am surprised the Beeb and Apple haven't done a deal by now. It could be a huge revenue earner for the BBC. I know many here in the States would love to have it.

 

I know there was a global version of the BBC iPlayer App for iPad in the works but I don't know what happened to it.

 

Source:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2011/jul/28/bbc-iplayer-global-ipad-launch

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