Hulu coming to Xbox Live?

Independent reports indicate Microsoft will announce on-demand TV streaming service at E3 in two weeks, but rights issues may hold things up.

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Source: Tech news site Gear Live as well as 1up.

What we heard: Microsoft's quest to turn the Xbox 360 into more than just a gaming console has led to the introduction of a variety of features to Xbox Live within the last couple of years. With the release of the New Xbox Experience dashboard update in November 2008, Microsoft has integrated such features as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm into the online service. And according to recent reports, the publisher has also been mulling over the idea of launching its own Xbox Live television channel.

Xbox 360 owners may soon be able to watch TV shows on their…TVs.

Now, growing online chatter suggests that Microsoft will be getting an assist from the on-demand TV show streaming service Hulu as a way to augment the Xbox 360's non-gaming repertoire. Last night, tech site Gear Live reported that a "reliable source" had tipped off Microsoft's intention to announce Hulu integration into Xbox Live at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The announcement is expected to come during Microsoft's E3 press conference, which is scheduled for June 14 at 10 a.m. PST.

Interestingly, though Hulu is currently available for free through a PC Web browser, Gear Live's source indicates that Hulu on Xbox Live will require a subscription fee. The site's source did not say how much Hulu access would cost, though it did indicate that the service would be integrated into the Xbox Live dashboard in a fashion similar to Netflix.

The paid model jibes with a recent report from the LA Times. In April, the newspaper reported that Hulu, which is a joint venture between media kingpins News Corp., NBC Universal, and The Walt Disney Company, would begin offering online users a $9.95 monthly subscription option called Hulu Plus, in addition to its free content. Subscribers would gain access to an expanded catalog of shows, while the free model would continue to offer the five most recent episodes of a given program.

Gaming Web site 1up also has sources close to Microsoft confirming the existence of a Hulu channel on Xbox Live, though the informant's info calls into question an E3 reveal. According to 1up's source, Microsoft already has a Hulu application that can run on Xbox Live. However, the publisher is currently grappling with licensing issues related to streaming Hulu programming through its console onto TVs. Hulu's content comes from a variety of networks, including NBC, ABC, Fox, and Bravo, and 1up's source indicated that "a lot" of these media companies have been unwilling to make their shows available on TV through alternate means.

The official story: “Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation.”--A Microsoft representative.

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. Hulu would certainly fit right in with Xbox Live's other non-gaming services, and Microsoft has introduced similar services in the UK and Australia. However, it remains to be seen whether the publisher can resolve its licensing issues before E3--if at all--and to what extent the networks will allow their shows to be streamed on TV.

Discussion

240 comments
fib112
fib112

I would pay to have hulu remove their adds!

fib112
fib112

Can't wait. Comcast is seeing their death at hand!

shadyelf
shadyelf

Paying for something that is already free...Of course fans of the Xbox will claim that it is "better quality".

gorebashd
gorebashd

this prolly means as a canadian again we will get hosed. We never recieved netflicks or last fm. So i am doubting we will get the as mentioned rumor of hulu or any such channel

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

Lol! Nothing new about Microsoft screwing their consumers. This does not matter though since Xbots are too brainwashed and too dumb to understand the concept that you are not suppose to pay for free service. Just scroll down a bit and you'll see a ton of them even defending Microsoft. Lol! Mindless foools.

Stec13
Stec13

I'm Canadian so I can't make use of Hulu anyway but does Hulu not stream on the PS3 for free? And if you already pay for a Gold membership on the 360 why should you then need to pay even more to use Hulu? If you pay for Gold that should include all new features & apps that Microsoft ads onto the 360!

Blackwolfe1971
Blackwolfe1971

I'll wait to see what the program list looks like before I put out any more $$$. And as far as sony being one step ahead... are you kidding??? Live has been up for 7 yrs. now,and even sony's people say it's the premier service online. Unless you want to just disreguard The Official Playstation Magazine... just saying... and I give sony a ton of credit for bringing out PSN Plus. It's a gutsy move, when your greatest battle cry is "but it's free". Considering Plus will have a subscription cost similar to Live's. The way I see it, competition breeds success. Let's these guys fight for our money...in short, screw microsoft, and screw sony... if it's good, buy it! Don't show these guys that a brand name is all it takes to open your wallet. And if the Hulu offering is worth the money, I'm all for it.

Darien
Darien

I don't mind paying a fee if its cheaper than cable. I hate cable... Give me Netflix and Hulu on my XBox, thats all I need.

tahseen92
tahseen92

oh and one thing project NATAL wont be able to compete with the ps3 motion controller's great sesitivity...

tahseen92
tahseen92

xbox 360 wont last long because ps3 is always a step infront... nuf said

Skargamer
Skargamer

Paying for a free service....smart move M$... [/sarcasm]

trav19882
trav19882

why pay when i go 2 feet away from the xbox and watch it free on my computer..microsoft are some greedy bastidssss man

Battlehead90
Battlehead90

sounds like xbox wants to be a ps3....whats next blu-ray, free internet?

Night_dude
Night_dude

i agree with sonofabear17 they should ake free versions

lindigj
lindigj

@CodyTG: actually you aren't getting it.... The part you quoted is in reference to Hulu's PC services. They are going to start adding a Hulu Plus for PC. This article, though, suggests that 360 will have a pay only service (which makes sense since MS is involved). One would think that someone paying for Hulu on Xbox would automatically have access to the new Hulu Plus features. Now if the "payment" required is simply talking about the requirement to have XBLive Gold, that to me is fine. But if they are trying to say they want you to pay for gold and then for Hulu to basically access something that is already available completely free to non-gold subscribing members (via Tversity), that is pretty silly.

sonofabear17
sonofabear17

i think they should do the free version and plus version thing that would be the best thing

CodyTG
CodyTG

@Hvac0120 You aren't getting it. Hulu will be free on Xbox. THe paid service is a bonus on top of it. NOt too hard to understand. HUlu - Free on PC and Xbox. Hulu Plus = more than just last 5 episodes = paid subscription. You get the same free service on Live that you do on your PC. "would begin offering online users a $9.95 monthly subscription option called Hulu Plus, in addition to its free content. Subscribers would gain access to an expanded catalog of shows, while the free model would continue to offer the five most recent episodes of a given program.

Jebril
Jebril

Yeah if it was free this would be awesome but paid? Lulz..... I can stream Hulu from my laptop hook up my laptop to my TV and watch it off my TV from there. Free service is free whether or not it's on a console. If it starts free don't expect to change that. People won't pay.

SithLordVenom
SithLordVenom

oh @ Hvac0120 I really thought hard about what you said. And you are right, we pay for a service but pay again to use more then half the stuff live offers. I just may use ps3 for media stuff and just xbox to game from now on. Maybe they should offer another level of service at the most that grants anything on live for free. Or better yet, start offering free stuff for live subscriptions besides demo's and previews.

SithLordVenom
SithLordVenom

Yup i will stick with tversity to watch on my ps3, xbox, and upnp capable tv's. Yup this doesn't sound neat afterall. Give us...us free microsoft or you just wasting time.

herrschwarz
herrschwarz

Paying for this would be kinda silly. I already watch Hulu on my Xbox for free. Go check out Tversity, it is a program for streaming from your PC to Xbox. It supports many online video sites as well.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@CodyTG Paying Hulu for their services is one thing. Having to pay for XBL Gold or additional cost on top of the XBL subscription is not justifiable. I shouldn't have to pay for XBL just to accesses a feature that access free content. I have the same complaint about Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm. (yes; I know you have to pay for Netflix, but you shouldn't have to also pay for XBL Gold to access it - see the PS3 and Wii FREE options for Netflix) I understand Microsoft spent the time to develop these special little apps, but people build better apps for these services and give them out for free or sell them for $1 on the Apple app store. Microsoft is digging into every XBL subscribers pockets at least once every year. I would think that Microsoft would offer these services free to all XBL members (Silver & Gold) in an effort to earn good-faith from consumers and add value to the Xbox 360 package. I don't understand how they think that making these services available only to paid subscribers adds any value to the Gold-level membership. Existing Gold members are like "Yippee! Something new I use, but probably hardly every will." and the rest of us are like "Are you kidding? And you want me to pay for this?"

penpusher
penpusher

wouldnt do those of in the UK much good since hulu currently only has rights to stream content to the US ...and know content copyright holders thats how it'll stay

Pete5506
Pete5506

I don't use Hulu anyways, but if it was free that would be sweet

mundus
mundus

For anyone in this thread that think this will cost if you have gold are stupid. ITS FREE FOR PC SO WHY WOULD IT BE COST FOR XBOX 360??????? Also this is just like netflix a convenience nothing else (unless you are like me who live in Europe since we get nothing). Since you can get Hulu on your PC and every PC today comes with a HDMI port, plug it into your TV and there you go Hulu on TV. As for people even mentioning the PS3 browser, i don't care the only thing good with this is convenience, everything with the PS3 browser is a inconvenience. And yeah you can just watch from your PC.

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

@Stryder_18 You can watch Hulu on your PS3's browser? Really? I was under the impression that Hulu specifically blocked access from the PS3 browser to their site about a year ago. While you can use Play-On, it is available to 360 and Wii users as well and cost money besides. Although I did hear there was a complicated workaround for some users. @lock445 It is NOT a free service for a fee. Read the article, it implies that the paid model the 360 would receive is NOT the same service you get for free on the PC, but one with access to a larger selection. If you go to Hulu right now to watch The Office, you can only watch the newest 5 episodes, presumably the paid version on the 360 would let you watch the whole series, or at least more than 5 episodes.

lock445
lock445

What? A free service for a fee on a paid subscription service? That's dumb. Anyways, Netflix does the exact same thing.

green_dominator
green_dominator

I don't watch TV..... The only shows I give a flying #%#% about are Sons Of Anarchy, Law And Order CI & SVU and Simpsons....... Everything else can............well You know.....

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Hulu is planning to charge for its service anyways so stop complaining

WAG23
WAG23

who the hell is gonna waste their money on subscriptions for hulu on xbox live when they can just watch tv shows for free on hulu on your computer. Stupid greedy Microsoft, one day you'll go down in business cuz of your greediness for money

Flint247
Flint247

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Flint247
Flint247

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Stryder_18
Stryder_18

Ok so I can watch Hulu on my PS3's browser and I don't do it, so why would I watch Hulu on my 360. Another feature added to live that I wont use, but no biggie I'm sure someone will use it. :D

CodyTG
CodyTG

People saying "OMG you have to pay for something that is already FREE!!??" obviously aren't reading the article. The same Hulu service online right now will be free on Xbox Live, the only PAID subscription is Hulu Plus, which offers more than what you can get online right now with your PCs... please read before commenting.

IrishBulldog93
IrishBulldog93

@ ekultus WTF this is the second time i have seen your name hidden because clearly nobody likes you or wants to hear what opinion u have ?? so just save me the trouble of giving u a thumbs down !! go watch some "ficticious shows built around advertising" ?? whatever

blackangel209
blackangel209

@ColJendon I doubt the price for the free version streaming through an xbox would be that steep. The 9.95/month price is for the (likely)website-only Plus version, which would probably offer entire seasons(if they were smart) as opposed to only the past month.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Can't see this working. There are a multitude of ways to watch hulu on your TV without paying for XBL.

ColJendon
ColJendon

That would be sweet, but having to pay for something that you could just stream for free on a computer might dissuade people from getting it (at $120 a year, that's pretty ridiculous). Maybe if nobody bought a subscription, they'd lower or get rid of the price (yeah right).

cheeseman242424
cheeseman242424

for all you giving adrdeju thumbs down, i hope you figured it was sarcasm

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

If M$ puts an extra charge out for a free website like hulu I am going to laugh my ass off.

adrdeju
adrdeju

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Incubus420
Incubus420

I have been Watching Hulu for a year now on my PS3 web browser. This is a cool app though.

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

Sweet. I can't wait to get this update. Now I can catch up on some of my favorite stores

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

Great news, both about the upcoming Hulu Plus and its delivery to the 360, the biggest drawback of Hulu as it stands is the 5 show rotation on the most popular shows, if the whole back catalog is available than Hulu instantly becomes faaarrrr better value than cable in my opinion.

Hangtime-
Hangtime-

Hopefully it's free because that would be awesome.

Xx619MysterioxX
Xx619MysterioxX

@ Hvac0120: 100% Agree with you, They do bring on stupid things which people don't need. That's why i rather not buy the Subscription fee sometimes.

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

@ekultus- Wait what are saying? You hate shows about Advertising? like the Slim Chop! ONLY! $19.99!!!(After shiping and handling) or Tv in general? Because TV=Games....