Hulu Plus to offer select free viewing on mobile this summer

Hulu on iPad mini

Previously bound to having a Hulu Plus subscription, Hulu this summer will be opening up their free streams to mobile users. As of right now, if you want to watch something that's streaming on Hulu on your mobile device, you'll need a Hulu Plus account — even if that show is free to stream through a desktop browser. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced today that this summer that will change.

There's not much more we can say beyond that, except that the iPhone app is expected to see a redesign this summer as well. We wouldn't be surprised if the Android and Windows Phone apps also receive a redesign to match. Hulu is also still in negotiations with cable companies about integrating Hulu into their boxes, but there haven't been any signs of progress on that front.

In the meantime, you can download Hulu Plus now free your iPhone or iPad from the App Store. Of course, you'll need a Hulu Plus subscription to view anything from now, and you'll have to be living in the United States.

Source: Hulu; Via: The Verge

Derek Kessler

Managing Editor of Mobile Nations, Army musician, armchair pundit, and professional ranter.

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stephen007 says:

The artificial limitation of being able to watch *some* content for free on the desktop but have to pay money to see it on the tablet/phone is what really irks me. This kind of invented restriction is what keeps me, and possibly other technically literate people, just going the grey route of getting it via torrent.

Once the barriers are dropped low enough it becomes EASIER to get content legitimately. Music is a perfect example. I grew up in the Napster "free" music era where, right or wrong (it was wrong, I know), we were all getting our content for free becasue there was no legitimate solution. Once iTunes became the dominant player, with reasonable fees for songs and (eventually) no DRM, many of us just buy our music now.

icecrystal23 says:

It's about time! That always seemed like a strange restriction to me.

chicagomatt says:

I hope this new arrangement carries over to the Hulu Plus app on AppleTV... though I won't be holding my breath.