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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 17 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 17 2010

Today we talk about, believe it or not, methane powered computers! Better hope you don't get too close to a heat source. Uh oh. Then there's a Berlin showing of some fantastic looking color e-paper, sponsored by Bridgestone, Epson, and Samsung, but made by an unknown producer. Then PALM throws down the gauntlet saying they'll reclaim their smartphone "birthright" soon, and BYD Alice Tegra 2 Froyo tablet wants a chomp of the tablet market too. All this and MORE on todays SlashGear Morning Wrap-up!

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Hulu Plus officially launches at $7.99 per month; hits Roku today

Hulu Plus officially launches at $7.99 per month; hits Roku today

The Hulu Plus subscription service has officially launched, and as rumored Hulu has cut pricing from the $9.99 of the preview program. Now priced at $7.99 per month, the streaming media service is also making its debut on Roku set-top boxes (as promised back in October), while PS3 owners can also download the Hulu Plus application as long as they have a PlayStation Network account.

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Sony Dash gets Hulu Plus support

Sony Dash gets Hulu Plus support

Of all the screens we thought we'd see Hulu Plus appear on next, the 7-inch LCD of Sony's Dash wasn't one of them. Still, if you're paying Hulu $9.99 for the privilege of accessing its season-long catalog of TV episodes and movies, you can now stream that content to the chumby-based "Personal Internet Viewer".

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Boxee Box by D-Link now shipping; Netflix and Hulu Plus incoming

Boxee Box by D-Link now shipping; Netflix and Hulu Plus incoming

The standalone Boxee Box by D-Link is finally shipping, with 33 countries getting the $199.99 home entertainment box at launch. While we've known to expect the Boxee Box for some time now, what's particularly exciting is that Boxee is in the process of inking deals with Netflix and Hulu Plus, which will see the streaming content services both eventually available to users.

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Hulu Plus Now Available for BRAVIA HDTVs, Coming to PS3 Next Week

Hulu Plus Now Available for BRAVIA HDTVs, Coming to PS3 Next Week

Hulu Plus is the subscription service from Hulu that allows people to watch full episode lists of their favorite shows, whenever they want. The service was announced earlier in the year, and opened into a private Beta not too long ago, but it looks like Hulu is ready to pull the Beta tag off, and let access expand to anyone who wants to jump into the mix.

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HTML5 May Just Have Won the Internet

HTML5 May Just Have Won the Internet

Take a bit of notice and remember last spring when the talk of the town was the fact that Apple was pushing for HTML5 to be the standard for video on the web. Opposite what? Adobe's flash player. Where a year ago basically everything you saw as far as video was based in flash, now the standard has all but completely switched over to HTML5 - to a point.

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Hulu Plus subscription slash imminent?

Hulu Plus subscription slash imminent?

Hulu Plus was meant to put some cash back into the streaming video site's pockets, but it seems the $9.95 monthly subscription fee hasn't met with success.  AllThingsD has heard that Hulu is planning to halve its fees - down to $4.95 per month - before the beta trial is even finished.

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TiVo Premiere DVRs Adding Hulu Plus

TiVo Premiere DVRs Adding Hulu Plus

Looks like the other rumors were true, too. After just hearing that the popular Hulu Plus service would be made available on the Roku boxes, TiVo just announced to the world that the Hulu service would be also made available on their TiVo Premiere DVRs, too. That means quite a bit of subscriptions to get your hands on Hulu Plus on your TV, but at least it's an option.

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Roku Gains Content Partnership with Hulu

Roku Gains Content Partnership with Hulu

Today, Roku has officially announced that Hulu is coming to the Roku media streaming devices available in the market. It will be made available in the Hulu Plus variant, which means that if you want to get your hands on the media streaming service, you'll have to drop some money every month. But, the additional service to the media streaming set-top box does indeed put a new twist on the at-home media streaming services, and puts some question marks over the other set-top boxes available to consumers.

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CBS and Hulu Plus talks confirmed

CBS and Hulu Plus talks confirmed

Back in late June a rumor surfaced that CBS and Hulu were in talks to bring CBS programs to the Hulu Plus service for fans to watch. CBS is the top broadcaster in the country and was one of the big holdouts that didn’t offer programming via Hulu.

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Vulkano place-shifting DVR hits preorder

Vulkano place-shifting DVR hits preorder

Monsoon Multimedia are taking preorders for their Vulkano set-top box, which the company reckons can replace not only your TiVo but your Slingbox and Roku too.  Basically a place-shifting streamer with optional DVR functionality and various smartphone clients for remote use over 3G/WiFi, the Vulkano also promises to keep pace with new STBs; the company has said they'll be releasing updates to add Google TV compatibility, among other things.

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Netflix PS3 disc-free update coming; Hulu Plus is “a direct competitor”

Netflix PS3 disc-free update coming; Hulu Plus is “a direct competitor”

Netflix are promising an update to their PS3 streaming client sometime within the next three months, complete with a new UI that's loaded onto the console rather than requiring a disc as with the current implementation.  That's just one part of the company's attempt to take on the Hulu Plus challenge; according to NewTeeVee, Netflix are seeing slowing DVD subscriber growth as more users turn to streaming.  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings puts that down, in part, to an increase in TV content.

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