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.