Updated: Hulu Plus for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone announced

Update: The Hulu Plus application [iTunes Link - Free] is now available within the App Store. We viewed some of the free content on a iPhone 4 over AT&T's 3G network and it streamed flawlessly.

Today that rumor of Hulu introducing a premium paid service has come true as they have officially announced Hulu Plus. It will run you a cool $9.99/month and that will give you streaming access - via Wi-Fi or 3G - to entire seasons of shows that are already available on the free web service along with other programming that is not available on Hulu's website. And the good news is it's just not for iPads but rather every device in the iOS family - iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. There will also be future support for a countless number of other devices such as the Playstation 3 (July) and Xbox 360 (2011). If this sounds like your cup of tea be sure to sign up for the preview invite here.

How many of you are getting ready to do away with your cable or satellite TV service?

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Chatnoir80 says:

Sweet and just in time cuz I canceled my cable tv service last nite. Netflix+hulu=cable rendered obsolete.

LMH181 says:

Bye, Bye Cable Companies and you're ridiculous monthly bills/fees! It looks like the day when cable is gone forever is coming much more quickly than even I anticipated. Canceling cable TODAY!

stuffradio says:

Not me, it's not available in Canada.

DeathGrip says:

Let me get this straight. I should pay $10/mo for something I can get for free?

Troy Brown says:

If it is going to count against my 2GB not a good deal

Chatnoir80 says:

@deathgrip you don't have to, but if you want a richer (and legal) experience you will. When given the choice between paying the cable companies $170/mth vs. paying $20/mth using netflix/hulu for just about the same content, $10 ain't so bad.

VagrantHarmonist says:

what about internet? or do you get that through your wireless service?

Chatnoir80 says:

And if there were ever a reason to not give up your "unlimited" data plan....

JoBlow says:

Let me get this straight.
1-I use up my data allocation
2-I can get the current episodes free
3-Though my cable costs 2xs as much I get 10 the programming channels plus on-demand (back episodes--no charge for the channel I already get)
for $10 a month!!!
Sounds too high to me

jt says:

don't you all have bandwidth limits for internet service down there?

James says:

at the 2gb data limit AT&T imposed on it's customers this is seriously going to eat up data :/

Chatnoir80 says:

@JT with my provider, yes....technically, but they really don't enforce it. You'll only show up on their radar if your pulling down TBs of data i.e torrents, etc.

Glenn#IM says:

Guess the preview is not ready yet. All I get "This video not available for iPhone". Cable is way to high, but unless I hook up to the big family tv via av, watching programs on the iPhone is more of a novelty. Compared to cable $9.95 is not bad, but why pay for. programs you can already see for free.

applefanboy says:

I'm glad I get get to keep my unlimited plans on both my iPad and iPhone! Thank god for grandfather clauses!

tom says:

once I can watch live sports on hulu, I'm in. but until then I canttttt get rid of cable

DeathGrip says:

Ha - not only is it $10/month, but it is also ad supported...

Dyvim says:

@18- Cable is a lot more than $10/mo and is still ad-supported for most (non-premium) channels.

Matt(sZ) says:

People are complaining that it's $10/month, and ad-supported? Have you never heard of Cable or satellite television, that has far more ads than Hulu, and I can't just turn my television to 'channel x' and watch season 1 of Arrested Development?
I've said before Hulu plus was even announced that i'd pay for a monthly subscription even with ads, because I'm doing the same thing with Comcast for $60+ a month.

Chatnoir80 says:

@deathgrip yeah, it's ad supported, but when you pay for cable you still have to sit thru commercials on a majority of the channels. Plus, on hulu what's the avg lenth of commercials? I believe it's something like 30 seconds. Not sure of the revenue breakdown with the ads and whatnot, but they gotta pay for all that bandwidth somehow

Violeta says:

That's cool, but if one lives in an area outside coverage, cable TV will still be needed.

Chatnoir80 says:

@Matt(sz) right on, man. Just last nite I cancelled my cable service. Just that alone will end saving me $1200/mth. 10 bucks a month is small potatoes.

cybertyspn says:

Not a snowballs chance in hell I'm buying this service.

Yoda3984 says:

It would definitely be worth it if they took away the 8-day delay for so many TV shows. Don't see that happening, though...

jtz5 says:

Can anyone point me to a link that outlines unlocking a 3GS? I searched on TiPb, but can only find results for 3G. I have 3.1.3 software version on the 3GS.

Chatnoir80 says:

@yoda I gotta wait a few months to a year for particular shows/movies to come out on netflix so 8 days isn't such a big deal.

mikenyc2 says:

Thank god for Slingbox. I can see my TV shows AND Tivo recorded shows.
Who needs hulu? Pay? Blah!

Webvex says:

I don't know if I'd go for the paid Hulu, but I just cancelled my cable last week. Roku with Netflix and Slingbox FTW. Netflix minimum for streaming is only $10/mo and Roku and Slingbox are one-time costs.

junovela says:

This would be a good idea if Hulu had live TV and many more programs. However, there are many programs that Hulu does not host that would make cancelling cable service unwise at the present time - at least for me.

bpagan says:

Cable has much more commercials.... But there's DVR!!!! You can fast forward thru them. I too wouldn't pay for HULU. I love the ABC iPad app. Other networks should follow ABC's lead.

Lequang242 says:

Slingbox. Hulu? Free, maybe.

Danny2582 says:

I think canceling cable for hulu is stupid.... Just sayin...

Jfelipe83 says:

I might give it a shot but it's just that is too much money for it

sting7k says:

Sorry not paying. I also don't know who is paying $170/month for cable, you should complain. I need live TV and Sports. Comcast gives me plenty online now as well or record everything I want with Windows Media Center and watch recordings on my iPhone or Xbox.

iphonemilk says:

Why are all these KIDS and trolls rating the App with 1 star??
GROW THE @#@# up and get a job you fat basement nerds.
The APP is amazing 5/5 stars...
Sick of this garbage, they should check for age and maturity before allowing people to review apps.

JF7FSU says:

Not paying. I have Orb which was a one time fee of 9.99. Stream anything including photos and music as well as cable.

dloveprod says:

I hope I get picked for the preview, pick me hulu pick me

jasonact says:

I don't have cable or sat anyway, but I use Hulu a lot, and I don't mind paying $10 to have it on my iPad/iPhone, even better if the app supports video out so I can play on my TV.

Freiteez says:

If they took off ads and gave me shows the day they aired so I can stream then that would be worth $10 a month.

Stephen says:

Waaay to expensive. The app is pretty unimpressive.

Greg says:

I just tried to hook up my iPhone to my tv with the Apple Component AV Cable and nothing happens. Only get sound, no video with the Hulu app. Anyone else try this?

al;kfj;askdjf says:

so wait what does this mean for the capped data rates?? lol is this worth paying 10/mo for if you don't have unlimited data?

bwilson12 says:

@Webvex: You have a Slingbox and you cancelled your cable a week ago? So.... What is your slingbox hooked to at the moment? Not being a smart a#% or anything just curious.

bwilson12 says:

Find this interesting. It some what gives you an explanation of the price point and supported ads
"With Hulu Plus, we believe we’ve met that goal. For our end users, we’re offering them the most convenient way to access their favorite shows, on devices they love, in high definition, at a fair price. For our advertisers, who allow us to keep our Hulu Plus price low with the support of ad revenue, we offer one of the world’s most effective advertising platforms, with the ability to speak effectively to users across a variety of devices, anywhere they happen to be. And finally, for our content partners, we offer revenues that compensate them fairly for bearing the cost of producing the shows we love."
Source: http://blog.hulu.com/2010/06/29/introducing-hulu-plus-more-wherever-more...

Glenn#IM says:

@Greg, did you try you tube or the video app? Make sure av front or back is on depending on your set up. I have not tried it with HuLu

justinleon says:

Thank god that I still have my data unlimited!

George DW says:

Application Not Compatible- This application requires the iPhone 3.2 software update
Obviously there is no 3.2 for iPhone, does this work on 4.0?

Greg says:

@Glenn, yeah, it's hooked up correctly because i use it all the time. I even tried youtube and a video just to double check and video works with that.

James Johnson says:

Hulu plus for iPhone works very well, accept for paying a subscription for access to shows I already pay for with my cable bill. When is Netflix going to come out with instant queue mobile? Already paying for that!!!

Hue Lambert says:

I'm kind of new to this - anyone know what the main difference is between Netflix and Hulu?

free stuff without surveys says:

Do you guys have a recommendation section, i'd like to suggest some stuff

Gidget Forkin says:

OK, I will send you an email tomorrow.Thank you!

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