Rumors of Hulu getting ready to launch Hulu Plus became a reality yesterday when Hulu announced that their new subscription service has now officially been unleashed, including Samsung, Blu-ray, iPad and iPhone apps. The new service, which costs $9.99 a month and is currently invitation-only, is designed to bring a plethora of television shows to users whenever and wherever they are.
Jason Kilar, CEO of the online video streaming site, unveiled the exciting news about Hulu Plus on the Hulu blog yesterday. He makes it clear that Hulu Plus is not a replacement for the already existing Hulu website. Rather, it is a paid service that offers a whole lot more than the site currently offers its viewers. Currently, viewers can only watch the most recent episodes of current shows. Hulu Plus provides a much larger collection of content, as Kilar explains:
“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. Now there’s never a bad time to jump in on a hot new show like Modern Family (which I recommend highly). From Family Guy to Glee, from The Office to 30 Rock, from Grey’s Anatomy to Desperate Housewives, from Parks & Recreation to Parenthood, from House to Saturday Night Live, and dozens of other hits, the best time to jump in on any series is any time, and with any episode, that’s right for you.
“As a Hulu Plus subscriber, you’ll now also have access to back seasons or full runs of some of TV’s greatest shows. All nine seasons of The X-Files. All three seasons of Arrested Development. Ten seasons of Law and Order: SVU. All five seasons of Ally McBeal. Seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and three seasons of Roswell. Every episode ever of Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives. Classic skits from the first five and most recent five seasons of Saturday Night Live. The list goes on. This is all on top of hundreds of shows already on Hulu.com today. It’s a treasure chest in the cloud for TV lovers.”
Aside from the fact that Hulu Plus offers a much broader selection of content, what really makes this service cool is the fact that it is available on all kinds of devices. Users that own certain Samsung Internet-connected television sets and Blu-ray players will be able to download an application to stream Hulu Plus directly from their television sets. The company has also launched Hulu Plus applications for the iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and third-generation iPod Touch. The company is also working to expand into other devices, including PlayStation 3, which Kilar says is coming soon. This will really give users the opportunity to connect and watch television shows on Hulu from everywhere.
Want to sign up for Hulu Plus? The service is currently invitation only. However, viewers can request invitations from the Hulu website. Additionally, Hulu will be sending out invitations at random to people who are following Hulu on Twitter or “Like” Hulu on Facebook. Invitations will be sent out over the coming months and once the service is running smoothly and ready for a public launch the need for invitations will be removed.
Now that Hulu has announced the details of their new service do you think you’d like to sign up? A huge library of television shows and accessibility from all sorts of devices make it sounds like a pretty good deal for $9.99 a month. But with the ability to watch on our televisions, computers, iPhones, iPads and more, how will we get anything done?