At the Microsoft press event at CES 2011 earlier this year, a company spokesperson announced that Hulu Plus would soon head to the Xbox 360 with support for Kinect. Earlier today, Hulu officially announced that their service is now available on Xbox Live. In addition, both free and ‘gold’ members are eligible for one free week of access to Hulu Plus without having to provide a credit card. A banner for this offer should appear when you login to your Xbox 360 dashboard.
Hulu Plus offers hit TV shows and classic movies anytime in HD. Instantly stream any current season episode of top shows like Modern Family, 30 Rock, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and many others. And catch up on full back seasons on series including Lost, Chapelle’s Show and Battlestar Galactica, or explore hundreds of acclaimed movies from The Criterion Collection.
Once that week runs up, users will need to spend $7.99 a month to retain access. The price is more affordable than traditional cable or satellite providers, but it still has advertisements unlike Netflix which goes for same price. From my experience, Hulu Plus is one of the best web-based solutions for TV content while Netflix still remains my pick for movies.
Those who own a Kinect can enjoy a controller-free experience. Users can use their voice or a wave of a hand to control playback. The PlayStation 3 already offers access to Hulu Plus since November 2010 for those wondering. Several HDTV manufacturers including Samsung, Vizio, Panasonic, and LG also support the service in addition to set-top boxes such as TiVo and Roku.
As for mobile devices, there is no word on an Android client aside from the mention at the Samsung press conference in January. Apple users can already use Hulu Plus on their tablets and smart phones. Those looking to take advantage of the free week of service on their Xbox 360 should activate it before May 6th. I can say that the HD quality is quite impressive, but be ready to put up with ads.
Links: Hulu Plus