Hulu Launches Subscription Streaming Service
posted on by Egan Loo
The American video-streaming website Hulu announced its new Hulu Plus subscription service on Tuesday. The monthly US$9.95 "ad-supported" premium service offers at least 33 current American television series, as well as the full episode lineup of "hundreds" of past television series, with 720p-resolution for high-definition content. Although anime programming has been on Hulu for years, no Japanese animated series is currently part of Hulu Plus.
Hulu Plus supports browsers on the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms, certain Samsung Internet-connected television and Blu-ray Disc players, and Apple's iPhone 3GS/4, third-generation iPod touch, and iPad devices. Hulu (and Larry Hryb, Xbox Live Director of Programming at Microsoft) promises support for other devices, including the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 game consoles. People can request invitations to join the service until Hulu ramps up the service to let anyone subscribe.
Netflix already offers a subscription streaming service alongside its DVD-by-mail program, and Crunchyroll and The Anime Network are among the subscription streaming services that focus on anime.