Hulu for iPad & iPhone announced
All the speculation about Hulu coming to the iPad and iPhone on a subscription model is proving true. Hulu announced that a subscription service called Hulu Plus will offer HD content on a variety of devices at a rate of $9.99/month.
Compatible devices for watching Hulu on iPad & iPhone
What you’re probably most interested in is what Hulu for iPad and iPhone will run on specifically, and here’s your answer:
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 3GS running iOS 4
- iPod touch 3rd generation running iOS 4
This leaves the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and any pre-3rd gen iPod touches out of the new Hulu players abilities. If you have other electronics you might not be out of luck though, additional devices that will be able to run Hulu Plus include: internet-enabled Vizio, Samsung, and Sony TV’s, computers, select Blu-ray players, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.
Hulu Plus for iPad & iPhone preview mode
Currently the Hulu Plus service is in preview mode and only available to use by invitation, but anyone can download the iPhone and iPad apps and get a feel for the service. You can request an invite by going here and entering your email address. Thus far there is no word on how likely it is you’ll actually get an invite code, and whether the preview mode is paid or free.
What about free Hulu on the web?
When I first saw this announcement I couldn’t help but think the days of watching free Hulu via the web are over, especially since Hulu Plus has a Flash client aimed at Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux machines. The big question is whether or not people will pay $9.99 a month for something they can currently watch for free on their computers. We know the demand for Hulu on iPad and iPhone is there, but do people want to shell out additional money to watch TV when they already pay a cable bill?
For those that don’t want to pay, you can always just download the free ABC player and be limited to ABC shows, or try some of the creative workarounds like how to watch Hulu for iPad right now by recording a screencast (this works on the iPhone too).
So that’s it, Hulu is finally announced for iPhone and iPad – you just have to pay for it! Read more at the official home of Hulu Plus.