Hulu Plus. Hopefully you think that has a ring to it, because with another “confirmation” from Reuters, it’s looking more and more like one of the Internet’s favorite media streaming websites is about to add a premium feature. We’ve already heard plenty about what we could expect if such a thing did happen, if Hulu Plus did become a reality, and so we’re not surprised that two of the previous devices are mentioned again in the report. Now, all we need is a time line for launch.
According to the new report, which cites two sources and another person with “knowledge of the matter,” Hulu is indeed preparing to launch a subscription-based service. We’ve heard it called Hulu Plus in the past, so we’ll go ahead and stick with that for now, until we’re proven wrong. The sources say that the Xbox 360 and the iPad are both being readied to carry the streaming service soon. And, while other devices are hinted at, the Microsoft and Apple products are the only ones named directly.
Just as we’ve heard in the past, the subscription will get you access to older content, and that you’ll still be able to watch new episodes free of charge. That model makes a lot of sense, as that means it could be implemented on both the Xbox 360 and iPad free of charge, but customers could opt-in for older episodes if they so desired. Then again, like Netflix on the 360, you’re paying a monthly fee no matter how often you use it, and considering that’s been a success for the Microsoft console, Hulu will probably want to take part in that as well. If rumors are true, then we should be seeing Hulu on the 360 by next week, at E3, so hopefully by then we’ll have a better grasp on what it is Hulu is planning. Stay tuned. And, let us know if you’d pay extra to get access to older shows on Hulu, or a premium service at all. Is that something that interests you?