Hulu Plus $10-per-month service now available for iPhone, iPad

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in iPhone edited January 2014
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, Grey?s 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 that?s 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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  • Reply 1 of 62
    chronsterchronster Posts: 1,894member
    Now I might have a reason to buy an ipad.
  • Reply 2 of 62
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    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.
  • Reply 3 of 62
    trumptmantrumptman Posts: 16,464member
    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.
  • Reply 4 of 62
    kevdokevdo Posts: 9member
    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.
  • Reply 5 of 62
    jerseymacjerseymac Posts: 408member
    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?
  • Reply 6 of 62
    cincyteecincytee Posts: 353member
    Quote:

    "Hulu Plus is a new, revolutionary ad-supported subscription product...."



    Yeah: Now our customers have to pay for it. That's really revolutionary.
  • Reply 7 of 62
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,528member
    Quote:
    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.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kevdo View Post


    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.



    The assumption contained in these posts might lead to disillusionment.

    Just because there is free Hulu now, does not mean there always will be.
  • Reply 8 of 62
    blowabsblowabs Posts: 70member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cincytee View Post


    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!
  • Reply 9 of 62
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kevdo View Post


    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.
  • Reply 10 of 62
    g3prog3pro Posts: 669member
    $10 per month for a service that is free everywhere else = RIPOFF!
  • Reply 11 of 62
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    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.
  • Reply 12 of 62
    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.
  • Reply 13 of 62
    joeyyyjoeyyy Posts: 35member
    Quote:
    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.



    But didn't Adobe state that Hulu.com won't work on mobile phones that run Flash Player 10.1?
  • Reply 14 of 62
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,166member
    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.
  • Reply 15 of 62
    banchobancho Posts: 1,517member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    ? Is Netflix streaming ad free?



    Netflix does stream ad free, but their selection is hit or miss.
  • Reply 16 of 62
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by joeYYY View Post


    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.
  • Reply 17 of 62
    donny77donny77 Posts: 1member
    Quote:
    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.



    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.
  • Reply 18 of 62
    jlljll Posts: 2,713member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jragosta View Post


    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.
  • Reply 19 of 62
    postulantpostulant Posts: 1,272member
    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.
  • Reply 20 of 62
    libertyforalllibertyforall Posts: 1,398member
    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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