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Hulu Coming To Xbox Live?

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Microsoft is keen on the idea of integrating practical web services into Xbox Live. Netflix instant streaming is perhaps the most useful of the trinity, as it allows us to watch season after season of The X-Files and radical documentaries like Helvetica. And despite how stripped down they are, Twitter and Facebook do at least provide a touch point to the social web from our couches--assuming we're too lazy to find our iPhones, that is. But, what's next for Live integration? According to Live Gear's supposedly never-fail source, Hulu will be joining the dashboard after an E3 reveal. 

Live Gear believes the Xbox Live version of Hulu will be integrated like Netflix and will carry some sort of subscription fee. What the sub-fee will be, though, the source apparently didn't know. To give you an idea, the tech blogs have latched onto a subscription rumor from the LA Times for Hulu proper that is rather…interesting. Apparently, at one point, the dudes behind the service were kicking around the idea of a $9.95 per-month fee for access to popular shows beyond the five most recent episodes. I guess that works. 
 
1UP backs up this rumor, by the way, reporting that a Hulu application for the 360 does indeed exist, but apparently rights issues are causing a holdup. According to the publication's source, if Hulu is unveiled at E3, it's because things have been ironed out.     
 
I gotta be honest: all this Hulu talk only serves to remind me that big media still needs to chill out about the Internet, and Robocop and The Crow are still not available for streaming on Netflix. This is a travesty Netflix, for real. Get top men on it. Top men.  
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Posted by BradNicholson
Microsoft is keen on the idea of integrating practical web services into Xbox Live. Netflix instant streaming is perhaps the most useful of the trinity, as it allows us to watch season after season of The X-Files and radical documentaries like Helvetica. And despite how stripped down they are, Twitter and Facebook do at least provide a touch point to the social web from our couches--assuming we're too lazy to find our iPhones, that is. But, what's next for Live integration? According to Live Gear's supposedly never-fail source, Hulu will be joining the dashboard after an E3 reveal. 

Live Gear believes the Xbox Live version of Hulu will be integrated like Netflix and will carry some sort of subscription fee. What the sub-fee will be, though, the source apparently didn't know. To give you an idea, the tech blogs have latched onto a subscription rumor from the LA Times for Hulu proper that is rather…interesting. Apparently, at one point, the dudes behind the service were kicking around the idea of a $9.95 per-month fee for access to popular shows beyond the five most recent episodes. I guess that works. 
 
1UP backs up this rumor, by the way, reporting that a Hulu application for the 360 does indeed exist, but apparently rights issues are causing a holdup. According to the publication's source, if Hulu is unveiled at E3, it's because things have been ironed out.     
 
I gotta be honest: all this Hulu talk only serves to remind me that big media still needs to chill out about the Internet, and Robocop and The Crow are still not available for streaming on Netflix. This is a travesty Netflix, for real. Get top men on it. Top men.  
Posted by emkeighcameron

I'm all for Robocop in any form of digital distribution.

Posted by Mawryk

Still sucks for non-Americans.  Boo.

Posted by Tebbit

If only Hulu were available in any country other than the US...

Posted by MachoFantastico

You Americans are a lucky bunch, the European LIVE crowd get very little and yet we pay pretty much the exact same price for Gold Membership.  
 
Would be great if Microsoft offered us a fairer package. 

Posted by bigsmoke77

YEAH another feature Canadians can't use!

Posted by MrDragon59

yay

Posted by TooWalrus

I certainly hope so, that'd be perfect, man.

Edited by Weltal
@BradNicholson:  QUICK HITS: Robocop or The Crow, who wins?
Posted by Hockeymask27
@bigsmoke77 said:
" YEAH another feature Canadians can't use! "
Posted by SuperIntendentChalmers

why hasn't there been a b-rated movie been made mixing robocop and the crow...RoboCrow.... 
 
Another movie they need to add on Netflix is Gleaming the Cube.

Posted by fwylo

Shit that is a great caption Brad. 
 
Maybe just the way I read it but hilarious either way.

Posted by Piranesi

To be fair Weltal, the Crow didn't even last to the end of his own movie so perhaps not a balanced fight.
Posted by MisterMouse

Glad Nicholson has seen Helvetica! Great Documentary, enjoyed it a lot.

Posted by skrutop

I'd definitely be stoked for Hulu integration.  I don't miss shows often, but I'd like to have the streaming option if it's not available via Comcast On-Demand (which it usually isn't) when I do.

Posted by Rodiard
@Weltal said:
" @BradNicholson:  QUICK HITS: Robocop or The Crow, who wins? "
Not matter who wins, we lose.
Posted by Renahzor

Streaming netflix has been one of the greatest things to happen to my TV, hulu on live could be just as sweet.  Although watching seasons 1-5 of the office in HD streaming over the course of a 6 day binge has ruined most of my will to live.  Is Top Chef on streaming netflix?  hmmmm

Posted by DukeTogo

There is a program called PlayOn that basically allows you to stream Hulu, Netflix, youtube and just about any video to anything that can see a server over your network.  I've used it on my silver account 360 for a long while now, as well as the Wii and PS3.

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Posted by Deathpooky

Sounds cool, but no way I'd pay a subscription fee for that.  DVR, computerized Hulu, show's websites, netflix, and DVR free instant-watch already provide the level of TV-watching possibility I need - and all those come with things I was paying for already.

Posted by natetodamax

So even though we have to pay $50 for Xbox LIVE and have to deal with tons of ads on the dashboard Microsoft would still charge a subscription fee for this? Come on now.

Posted by Gambit

guess this would be cool for people who don't have a pc, but thats about it. Charging 10 bucks for a service thats free on the internet is lame.

Posted by Jasonofindy
@natetodamax said:
" So even though we have to pay $50 for Xbox LIVE and have to deal with tons of ads on the dashboard Microsoft would still charge a subscription fee for this? Come on now. "
Read the article again.  According to the linked L.A. Times article the owners of Hulu have been kicking around a $9.95 a month fee to access older episodes of shows.  It isn't Xbox specific or Microsoft related.   
Posted by FinalDasa

I would enjoy Hulu on my Xbox, but would never pay for it. 

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Posted by natetodamax
@Jasonofindy: Oh, okay. I wasn't aware, thanks.
Posted by Khann

Yay, something completely useless to anyone outside the US.
 
You US guys should make a non-US Live account (silver is fine) and just check out how little there is available on Xbox Live in other regions. It's completely laughable, and yet we still pay the same amount for Live as you do.

Posted by Solskugga

We put Hulu on your Xbox so you can watch TV on your TV? 
i feel a new  xzibit meme coming up

Posted by JJOR64

No thanks if it has a subscription fee.  I can just hook up my PC to my TV and watch Hulu there.

Posted by WinterSnowblind
@bigsmoke77 said:
" YEAH another feature Canadians can't use! "
Canadians?
It's totally unavailable for anyone outside of the US.
Posted by Dany

I pay 50 bucks already and I would really love Hulu on the xbox. I hope it does come and I hope it is free.

Posted by Jayzilla

I actually have my 360 hooked up to an LCD computer monitor so this is great!

Posted by MrBlowfish

We don't even have XBOX Live in my country (of course there are some workarounds) but hey... Let's add a new US only feature instead!


Anyway, good service, if you can use it.

Posted by teh_destroyer

thats interesting, but i don't know how i feel about paying 2 fees to watch movies on my tv.

Posted by Jayross

This is the same story as last year, but I see a bigger chance of it happening. 
 
Hulu is currently trying to negotiate with content producers to license all of those shows to be viewed from stuff besides a computer. 
 
Right now those right holders don't want that to happen, because Hulu revenue is a lot lower compared to cable at the moment. 
 
With this new subscription (rumored at $10 a month) Hulu Prime/Plus users will be able to see content from their iphones, ipads, and game consoles. 
 
The $10 price-tag seems a big high, but when you consider that you can cancel your cable (unless you are interested in those live-events like Sports, or even E3) it seems a lot cheaper.

Posted by Jayross
@natetodamax: no, Microsoft won't be charging an extra fee, Hulu will. 
  
It will operate exactly like Netflix and Skynetwork (in the UK), if you already subscribe to the service, it comes free with Gold.
Posted by bigsmoke77
@WinterSnowblind:  I am aware of that but I am Canadian and do not care too much about euros getting it :P
Posted by PerryVandell
@natetodamax said:
" So even though we have to pay $50 for Xbox LIVE and have to deal with tons of ads on the dashboard Microsoft would still charge a subscription fee for this? Come on now. "
I really don't understand why people get so up in arms about something that costs $50 a year. It really isn't that much when you think about it.
Posted by Dany
@Fullmetal216 said:
" @natetodamax said:
" So even though we have to pay $50 for Xbox LIVE and have to deal with tons of ads on the dashboard Microsoft would still charge a subscription fee for this? Come on now. "
I really don't understand why people get so up in arms about something that costs $50 a year. It really isn't that much when you think about it. "

It's not about the 50 bucks, it is about how we already pay for a service and them adding features and charging for them feels really cheap considering that Sony's PSN is free for a feature set that is kinda equal
Posted by metalsnakezero

This is pretty nice since it'll allow me to watch some shows on Hulu on my HDTV instead on a computer monitor. 

Posted by Milkman

All this crap with Hulu being a paid service just really bums me out. I wouldn't be so against it if the service had had a paid subscription all along. But starting off free and then making it a paid subscription without (presumably) adding anything new just feels like a giant tease.

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Posted by gla55jAw

$9.95 a month is a terrible idea. Who would go with this over Netflix? I'd pay $10 a year for this but no more. I have a DVR and a computer, where hulu is free!

Posted by darkjester74

 Get top men on it. Top men
 
You did it wrong, Brad.  It should be:
 
 Get top men on it. 
 
Top.....men.

Posted by PerryVandell
@Dany said:
" @Fullmetal216 said:
" @natetodamax said:
" So even though we have to pay $50 for Xbox LIVE and have to deal with tons of ads on the dashboard Microsoft would still charge a subscription fee for this? Come on now. "
I really don't understand why people get so up in arms about something that costs $50 a year. It really isn't that much when you think about it. "
It's not about the 50 bucks, it is about how we already pay for a service and them adding features and charging for them feels really cheap considering that Sony's PSN is free for a feature set that is kinda equal "
I wouldn't call PSN equal to XBL just yet. It doesn't have cross-game chat and it's a pain to get a game going with your friends if said game doesn't have a good "invite" feature. Also, I think people forget to keep in mind that this is hulu we're talking about, and they are the ones who want some money from putting the man hours into programming this into the 360's OS. Again, I'm not saying that I welcome a new subscription fee, but to get angry at Microsoft for not paying a boatload of cash so that we can have this feature for free doesn't get us anywhere.
Posted by goodwood

Yay for America. Fuck ya

Posted by Quacktastic

I wonder if this is why Hulu blocked the PS3 web browser a year ago or whenever it was.

Edited by sickVisionz

If they don't add functionality I don't see what they could charge for and get me to go over.  My laptop has HDMI out so I don't really need this on the 360 and one year of something like PlayOn costs what two months of a $10 Hulu subscription costs. 
 
It's still a better deal than cable tv, but not enough to get me subscribing.  If Hulu added TNT, Showtime and HBO  and did 720p streams, I'd be willing to pay $10 for it during the seasons that Breaking Bad, Entourage, Californication, Southland and Men of a Certain Age were showing.

Posted by MysteriousBob

Great, another feature just for Americans.

At least we've got Sky Player which is my number one source for movies.

Posted by DarthB

This might matter to me if Hulu wasn't a buncha dicks and didn't allow canadians to stream without having to resort to proxy servers and shit like that.  So, screw Hulu.

Posted by ISuperGamerI
@bigsmoke77 said:
" YEAH another feature Canadians can't use! "
It's stupid and we gotta blame the stupid copyright issues.
Edited by JokerSmilez

Great, another service only available to American Xbox owners. How are they selling outside of America again? Oh, right...
 
If they're going to push these "value-added" services as selling points of the Xbox instead of, you know, games they need to work with these services to get them available outside just the US.

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