Android users, here is something to cheer about. Hulu has officially launched their Hulu Plus app for Android. It brings the same viewing experience for users of iPhone on Android based devices.
We’ve always said our mission is to provide the world’s premium content to people when, how and where they want it. And we know that a lot of people want that content on their Android smartphones. We’ve been working hard to make that a reality, and today, we have begun our early rollout of the Hulu Plus application on Android smartphones.
Hulu Plus will currently be available on six phones only which include the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix with support for other devices coming out shortly.
Users of these devices can download a copy of Hulu Plus from Android market here. This link will not be available for incompatible devices so you might be disappointed. Another important thing is that Hulu Plus does not support most of the new Android based devices, however, we do hope that support for them will come out shortly.
Hulu Plus is a popular extension to the free TV show watching service which charges users to watch previous seasons of some famous shows on FOX, NBC and more. It is currently owned by Comcast and is actively looking for a new buyer.
Till then I will continue enjoying watching Family Guy and other shows on my desktop or iPod Touch.
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Steve Ballmer boring keynote at the ongoing CES 2011 just got over and he has announced some new features for the Xbox 360 Kinect users. First and foremost, Steve announced the Avatar Kinect feature for Xbox 360 Kinect console owners. Right now, details about Avatar Kinect are sparse but from the keynote, it looked like the feature will allow Kinect owners to hang out with their friend virtually.
Pretty cool, eh? The feature will be available for all Kinect owners by spring 2011.
Along with Avatar Kinect, Microsoft also announced the Netflix and Hulu Plus app with for the Xbox 360 with support for Kinect. Both, Netflix and Hulu Plus will allow users to control the app as well as video playback using voice commands and gestures.
Microsoft did not mention anything else so we have to wait until more information about Netflix and Hulu Plus for Kinect surfaces.
Hulu is a joint venture of NBC, FOX and other popular TV networks in the US to provide access to TV shows online to US residents exclusively. The service is extremely popular and it just got better with the announcement of Hulu Plus.
Hulu Plus brings a host of new features to the existing Hulu service. It acts as a compliment to the original Hulu service and not necessarily as a replacement to it. It allows viewing of full seasons of your favorite TV show and not only the last few episodes unlike Hulu. This, coupled with the support for ads creates a good revenue ecosystem around this new service.
Now, you need not worry if you miss an episode or want to watch that awesome episode of any series, with your friends. Just tune in to Hulu Plus. Full seasons are available for some popular shows in the league of “The X-Files”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Law and Order: SVU”. Hulu Plus promises a “watch whenever and wherever” service. With these improvements, you can watch your favorite shows whenever you want. That is the first part of what is new.
Coming to the “wherever”, Hulu Plus also features an application for specific Samsung TVs and Blu-Ray players, which let you watch your show right into the box. However, if you are looking for some portability and are carrying your iPhone or iPad, you can catch up with Hulu Plus on a Wi-Fi or 3G network.
This, they say, is just the beginning and improvements will be made to support more devices. The Hulu Plus service is available as an invitation only currently. Request your invitation to try it out. The service is charged at $9.99 per month.
Catch up with some more info on this at the official Hulu Plus blog post.