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Hulu Plus far from launch, but may be "revolutionary"

updated 10:00 am EDT, Tue May 18, 2010

Hulu Plus won't make May 24 date

The Hulu Plus subscription service is in "no way" ready for its rumored May 24th trial date, a follow-up leak claimed today. While an updated schedule isn't available, the $10 plan is said to be still far too distant. The AllThingsD tipster didn't explain what was holding up the expanded service, although negotiations with ABC, Fox and NBC are possible candidates.

Whenever the service launches, it's now described by a contact as "revolutionary," albeit in unnamed ways. Most now expect Hulu Plus to provide access to a full back catalog of TV shows but also to give access through mobile devices, possibly including the iPad.

Portable versions for Apple devices may contribute to any delay as the lack of Flash would require finding a way to integrate Hulu's ads without a plugin. Hulu is still under pressure if so as ABC and Netflix already have iPad apps for viewing TV shows either free or as part of an existing subscription. CBS also has iPad-aware HTML5 video websites.



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  1. B9bot

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    I pay for watching videos already, not going to pa

    I pay for watching videos already, not going to pay Hulu, no matter what excuse they give. I got Netflix and U-Verse TV. Hulu was good for watching some of the older shows not on TV anymore. But now they will want you to pay for them.

    Sorry Hulu, not going to go there EVER!

    Keep Hulu free.

  1. CmdrGampu

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    Negotiations?

    Why would Hulu need to negotiate with Fox, NBC and ABC? News Corp, Universal and Disney all own part of Hulu.

  1. jpellino

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    Include ads, keep it free, dump flash

    Just like the TV we're used to, only portable and random access.

    With iAds, Apple is making this easy, Netflix and YouTube get me my videos on iPad with no Flash. it's not rocket surgery and they have the deep pockets of the major networks. If this takes more than a few months, they will become the Adobe of the online video world and should be made to sit in the same corner until they realize what they did.

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