Hulu have announced that its subscription based TV service will be available to Sony’s 2010 line of Bravia HDTVs and all PlayStation 3 owners by next week. Before the service was only available for PS3 owners who had a PlayStation Plus membership. With this price cut will the service be a worthwhile cost for people who want to do away with cable?
Tim Conneally of betanews is reporting the idea for Hulu Plus is to allow people to pay for access to services from Hulu on hardware other than their computers. They also get access to content not available free on the standard website. This content was found in a study in August by One Touch Intelligence, to be roughly 12 percent more than that which could be accessed free.
The author of the article has been testing a preview version of Hulu Plus on PS3, and said the experience has been mostly favorable. But there have been issues with the PlayStation 3 controller, resulting in an “awkward and highly error prone remote control”.
Alternatives include PlayOn Media Server which even with its most expensive charge amounts to just $3.34 per month. But this is tied to a connected media server client running on a PC, and with Hulu Plus you can access it away from your home. It is this capability to be able to stream from other sources that might see more people turning to Hulu Plus.