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Hulu Plus app for iPad, iPhone goes online

updated 11:25 am EDT, Wed June 30, 2010

Hulu Plus test app open to all

Hulu today quickly followed up on the preview launch of Hulu Plus by launching its companion app for iOS devices (free, App Store). The universal app gives the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch streaming access to the paid service's TV shows and movies. It can scale up to 720p on an iPad and will stream over 3G on an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or a 3G-capable iPad.

Virtually all of the website's features translate over to the portable edition. Videos paused on the web or another device, like a PS3 or Samsung player, can resume playing from where they were paused. Viewers can also steer the queue, which helps keep track of new episodes and favorite shows. Ads still remain, reportedly as the revenue from online ads isn't enough to support the Plus service by itself.

Although the app is free, the service itself is still in its pre-release stage and requires an invitation to use. Service itself will cost $10 per month, and Hulu doesn't currently have plans to make an iOS app available for the limited but free version limited to the web.

By Electronista Staff


  1. vintagegeek

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2007


    Invitation --- Waiting

    Its been nearly 24 hours and I'm still waiting for my invitation code. They don't have much to choose from yet, but I do want to see if it actually works.

  1. jstephe

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2006


    Where in the world

    Now that this is a paid service will they open it up to other countries?

    When Hulu first came out I requested an invite (complete with address), and was given an invitation only to be blocked from viewing the content because I live in Canada, were by the way we get all of these channels and shows anyway through cable or if you live close enough to the border over the air.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Where in the world

    Charging for it has nothing to do with blocking other countries. Copyright laws are what's the hold-up. Dealing with who has the rights to allow them to show content in said country, and who gets paid for it.

    On top of that, the production companies have no desire to allow it to work all over, since they make a large amount of money selling the shows to networks in other countries. Allowing you to just go and watch it now will mean less money for them next year when they try to get it on, say, the CBC.

  1. Jane66


    Joined: May 2010


    Nice try

    hmm, nice try, Hulu. personally, I love hulu TV very much.
    paying $10 a month for HD streaming, not costing, the more is iPhone and iPad support, but more episodes maybe not so good, nobody would like to pay for the ads, I think.
    Well, actually Im considering to put movies on my iPad with my summer vocation, I ran across this article "Getting Top Summer Movies on Your iPhone 4 or iPad" give me the good idea:

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