Tech Update 4: Hulu Plus (Hulu on PS3 console)


Today is a great day. For the last three years I’ve been trying to find ways to make my Playstation 3 and Hulu work together to give me my favorite “television” shows on my television. I’ve tried many things like Tversity and PlayOn which allow you to stream content from your computer, via the web, over your gaming console. That got to be a bit tedious, you had to turn your computer on, open the program, leave your computer on and then watch the show. Sometimes it wouldn’t connect to the web correctly, or there would be lag and then you’d have to wait for it to catch up. Then they started charging for the service, so I gave up on it. You couldn’t watch Hulu over the browser on the PS3 and now they’ve made it so that you can’t even run another OS on the PS3.

Enter Hulu Plus, a subscription based version of Hulu that allows you to access Hulu via the PS3 console. Hulu will not change, but Hulu Plus will give you a more than what is already available. Hulu Plus will be available on a plethora of other devices like the iPhone, iPod and iPad, along with some HD TV’s, XBOX 360 (2011) and other devices. And it will be in 720 High Definition. And for $9.99 a month you will be able to access full seasons of your favorite television shows. Seems like a pretty good deal.

For a while now gaming consoles have had access to the NetFlix library of movies and television shows for $8.99. I’ve been considering signing up for NetFlix because the price is so great. Now comes along Hulu Plus, which will give me the ability to watch a lot of new shows on my PS3, plus a lot of old shows for a dollar more. I do wonder if we will have access to the movie library that is already available at Hulu. I’m also wondering about some of the more obscure cable shows, if they too will be available on Hulu Plus. I’m sure all of these questions will be answered soon enough.

I just thought of something. If I purchased NetFlix and Hulu Plus, for the mere price of about $19.00 per month, I could have many of the features, if not more, available on basic cable. The cable company charges an arm and a leg for basic cable and its not worth it, I guess that’s why I don’t have it, and with the way technology is advancing it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting it in the future.

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