Hulu has added its first premium service - Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus means, that for the sum of $9.99 a month, you will be able to access Hulu's streaming service on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, your Samsung internet enabled TV or Blu-ray player and, coming soon, your PS3.
However, if you were thinking that by paying a monthly fee you'd be getting an ad free service then think again. Ads will still be as prominent as they always have been, your monthly fee simply gets you access to the new Hulu platforms.
There is some good news though, Hulu Plus will stream its shows in their native 720p HD where possible, so you'll be getting the action in all of its glory. It would have been pretty pointless to offer the Samsung internet TV service if this wasn't going to the case though.
On your Apple devices Hulu Plus will work over 3G as well as Wi-Fi, although it isn't clear what format the shows are going to be in. It won't be Flash, obviously, and Hulu has distanced itself from HTML5 in the past as well.
The Hulu blog states:
"Hulu Plus is not a replacement for Hulu.com. Hulu Plus is a new, revolutionary ad-supported subscription product that is incremental and complementary to the existing Hulu service. For almost all of the current broadcast shows on our service, Hulu Plus offers the full season. Every single episode of the current season will be available, not just a handful of trailing episodes.
"Now there’s never a bad time to jump in on a hot new show like Modern Family (which I recommend highly). From Family Guy to Glee, from The Office to 30 Rock, from Grey’s Anatomy to Desperate Housewives, from Parks & Recreation to Parenthood, from House to Saturday Night Live, and dozens of other hits, the best time to jump in on any series is any time, and with any episode, that’s right for you."
The service is currently available on an invite only basis (oh, how very exclusive) and, unfortunately, is only available in the US at present.
If you are American, and you manage to get yourself an invite to the service let us know how you get on. Is Hulu Plus worth all the fuss?