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As expected, Hulu has launched its “Hulu Plus” premium subscription service, which is currently invitation-only (you can request an invite here).  The service will cost $9.99 per month and will offer full seasons of popular NBC, Fox and ABC shows such as Glee, The Office, House and Modern Family in 720p HD. Access to more than 2,000 episodes of older shows such as Arrested Development and The X-files will also be available to subscribers.

Besides being accessible on users’ computers, Hulu Plus can also be used on Apple iPads, iPhones and iPod touches, along with select Samsung televisions and Blu-ray players. Functionality on Sony and Vizio products, along with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles is in the works.

Let’s hear it, Insiders. Now that Hulu has laid its cards on the table, is its premium service worth ten bucks a month? How does its value compare to Netflix’s and other VOD services? Will you be requesting an invite? Another thing to consider: Hulu Plus apparently still contains ad content, just like its free cousin. Will that affect your decision to pay up?

(via TechCrunch)

13 Responses to “‘Hulu Plus’ Subscription Service Launches”

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    Farva [visitor]

    I just don’t see it worth $9.99 a month…at least not yet.

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    Kevin Clough [visitor]

    It will be nice to watch TV shows on my big TV rather than my small computer, but I don’t think it is worth it to pay $10 a month and still have commercials. Watching TV shows on Netflix seems like a much better idea if you don’t mind waiting a little longer.

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      Jake [visitor]

      I was considering it… right up to the point that I saw I’d still have to sit through those horrible commercials. Normal TV commercials are bad enough, but Hulu commercials are so redundant and poorly produced (at least last time I used it) that there’s just no way.

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    Craig [visitor]

    Content seems a bit skimpy to be worth 9.99 a month. Why would you pay to see ads?

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      justme [visitor]

      I agree with you 100% Craig, but then again millions of people have cable or satellite tv and they all have ads. That’s why I won’t pay for any tv, I have over the air free tv and that’s all I want. The only way I’d ever pay for tv is if they get rid of free tv, which I hope never happens but they are trying to do just that! What’s interesting is that when cable tv first started years ago the reason you paid for it was there was no advertising, since then they have added ads and you still pay for it! So they are making a killing because all the money subscribers pay them is pure profit, ridiculous!

  4. Member [Join Now]

    I’m too cheap to pay $9.99 a month for Hulu

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    az [visitor]

    Not worth it. Buy PlayOn for your PC if you have PS3 or Xbox 360. You can use it to view Hulu on those devices.

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    Clinty1980 [visitor]

    From what I heard I am pretty sure it will be free on xbox live if you have a gold subscription. I wouldn’t pay $10 extra but if it is free with my regular Gold sub. then I will definitely check it out.

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    Rob Hood [visitor]

    All of the content will include ads. CBS, FX and some other network will not be available. If all the networks were available and could stream to TV via Roku, I’d gladly pay $10. Between it and Netflix, I’d be able to cut my cable company out except for the internet. That would amount to a major savings.

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      mamasharoni [visitor]

      THAT would be most excellent … to cut out the cable companies who play games with us by giving us great rates for a year then reaming us after that. I am waiting for the day when the scenario you describe above manifests itself… HuLu … we hope you are reading this!

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    $10 a month for yet another subscription service, limited content, and commercials/advertising. Good luck with that. I think I’ll pass.

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    rb [visitor]

    They just had on Fox news the CEO of Hulu, Kilar I think was his name, discussing Hulu’s new pay-for subscription. The Fox news host lamented as to if Hulu starts charging for normally free content, what’s next?…Google starting to charge using Google on the internet! Kilar tried to emphasize this will be a superior version of the still free Hulu . He said it will allow subscribers to choose what, when, and HOW they want to view the CONTENT on Hulu….Hmnnn, he must have missed the thought that subscribers don’t want the content to contain commercials–even while the content is on iphones, ipods, etc!