It’s official. Following weeks of speculation, Hulu has launched a preview of its premium pay service Hulu Plus offering full current season runs of hit TV programs from ABC, FOX and NBC across multiple Web-connected devices, in HD, for $9.99 (€8.13) a month.
Hulu Plus will be available on PCs and Macs, as well as on Apple’s iPad and iPhone, and select 2010 Samsung Blu-ray players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems, and TVs through Samsung Apps, in up to 720p HD resolution. Hulu Plus will also be coming soon to the PlayStation3. Like Hulu, Hulu Plus will only be available to viewers in the US. During the preview period, Hulu Plus is by invitation only.
While Hulu will continue to bring the week’s episodes of TV series, Hulu Pus will offer whole seasons of series, both current and classic. Every episode of more than 45 current programmes from ABC, FOX and NBC will be available all season long, including Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, Family Guy, The Office and 30 Rock.
In addition, TV lovers will be able to enjoy full series runs and numerous back seasons of dozens of classic shows like The X-Files, Law and Order: SVU, Arrested Development, Saturday Night Live, Miami Vice, Ugly Betty, Quantum Leap, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell and Ally McBeal. A full overview can be found on the Hulu site (video content is only accessible from the US).
In the coming months, Hulu Plus will also be available on additional Sony Electronics Internet-connected entertainment devices including select Bravia TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, as well as select TVs and Blu-ray players from Vizio. In early 2011, Hulu Plus will launch on the Xbox 360.