Hulu Xbox 360-bound - Report

Video streaming service to begin charging, will come to Microsoft's console, Apple's iPad later this year, sources tell Reuters.

Since 2007, TV addicts everywhere have been able to get a free fix via the Hulu streaming service on their computers. Soon, they can on their Xbox 360 as well. Reuters reports that, as rumored, Microsoft is going to announce that the service is coming to the console, as well as Apple's iPad tablet computer. No date was mentioned for the announcement, but Microsoft's Electronic Entertainment Expo press briefing on Monday seems a likely candidate.

Coming Soon: TV on your Xbox 360...on your TV.

Unfortunately, it appears that Hulu will soon no longer be free. According to the news service's sources, Hulu will shortly begin charging for many of its hundreds of programs, although select new shows will remain gratis. Whether the joint venture between News Corp., NBC Universal, and Disney will charge a flat fee for the service or viewers will have to pay a la carte for single shows is unclear.

Reuters' sources also did not say if Hulu would charge an additional fee on the Xbox 360, although presumably the service will be available only to Xbox Live Gold members, who already pay $50 for a yearly subscription. Gold members can access Netflix video streaming at no additional cost from Microsoft but must already be subscribers to the DVD mail-rental company.

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-HCMF-
-HCMF-

So where is the uTube for 360?

Zzombielemur
Zzombielemur

They do realize that with hulu at least they get ad time in. If they start charging and it becomes easier to just download rather than pay again then they wont even get that.

zaz0o0o
zaz0o0o

god bliss the torrents

kwanzudood
kwanzudood

So ad-based revenue isn't enough? I would gladly watch a couple of ads if I get to choose exactly what I want to watch exactly when I want to watch it. Why the hell hasn't the TV industry figured out that on-demand service is what people want to see?

Serious
Serious

I love Hulu and watch it very often. However I have to say that if the service does start to charge I won't be able to continue with it. I mainly watch it for the anime. but I can go fansub for that if push comes to shove. As for current programing? Well certain shows just won't get watched.

-mostwanted
-mostwanted

Would be nice to have hulu on silver I guess I can see why they'd allow only gold I don't think any will lose here, regardless on if u pay or not most people are getting gold to play online this is just another feature like facebook and last.fm plus you've got a computer win win situation to me as long as they don't charge to actually view content fine with me.

ZombieHunter000
ZombieHunter000

too bad it won`t be free but I might still use it when I`m done playing Halo and other shooters

Zwiebelschnucki
Zwiebelschnucki

a good business plan would be to make less faulty systems. ms has f*ck*d up too much this gen, there s no way i ll support them next gen -.-

chingchow48
chingchow48

@DuncanM908 that is actually a really good business plan and thats why you see PS3 failing and having to use a 'preminum' fee to make a profit compared to Microsoft who has been turning profit after profit in its 360 division even with losing millions of dollers due to RROD

Torque203
Torque203

Why are so many people getting mad at microsoft for adding hulu. hulu may want to start charging but that has nothing to do with xbox. as for it only being gold membership, i guess you guys can yell at them for that but they dont care and neither should you. its free on the computer. just hook your computer to the tv and you got your hd hulu. and if hulu starts charging just record your shows. i personally use hulu because i hate commercials and hulu just has 1 comercial every 15 to 20 mins and thats how they make their money. i doubt they will start charging, they know better and how do these rumors come out with out actual confirmation is amazing

protoroc
protoroc

I bet there will still be commercials and banner ads all over the place. Hulu was ok because it was free with less ads then cable. Quite frankly if they plan to charge then they need to get rid of all the ads, as I can stream Netflix without interruption.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

DAMN YOU NBC!!! HULU was all I had and you got rid of all the shows that matter to me!!!!! DAMN you!! "My Name is Earl", "Heroes", Geezze.... Get rid of those reality TV shows!!!...... Ok back to the main point. It was cool until the having to pay for it part. I wish they would offer Crunchyroll on 360 that way I can watch all my new anime and never have to turn off my console.

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

Ummm Pay for Hulu now? Hulu is great, for something that is free. on top of internet charge, Xbox live fee.. oh and we have to pay for a wireless adapter as well. you would think that with all this cash Microsoft gets that they would fix the piss poor systems and make them a working machine. and why limit the use to Gold members???? i mean crap, if Xbox gets an internet browser i bet they will charge for that, just like they charge you to change you Gamertag.. PS3 sounds a whole lot better service wise.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I don't understand why Microsoft locks down Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, and soon Hulu to Gold Members Only. I already pay for Netflix. Why do I have to pay Microsoft to be able to enjoy Netflix on my Xbox 360? Soon I'll be able to download the FREE Netflix app for my new iPhone. I can already enjoy Netflix for FREE on Wii and PS3 and nearly any computer. The same can be said about the other services. There's no justification! Microsoft is using these popular services to force the XBL Gold membership on those that are interested in these features and don't have many other options. Meanwhile, they don't add anything actually worthwhile to the service. We'll see what all they announce at E3, but I'm not expecting much in the way of NXE updates.

DuncanM908
DuncanM908

Hi, I'm Microsoft. Instead of working on problems people have with malfunctioning console and hackers/modders on most online games, I instead choose to add mediocre features with no real purpose other than to place more ads on the Dashboard. GREATEST. BUSINESS PLAN. EVER.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I like Hulu, so I'd use this. But if Hulu starts asking for money, I'm out.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Well, if it FREE for XBox Live Gold members, then I'm happy. Now I can watch Naruto in HD on my HDTV. If Hulu starts charging fees for most of their content they are going to literally lose millions of customers. I'm not lying. Their amount of traffic will drop in 1/2 on the day they implement those fees. If Hulu makes 25-30% of their content subscription base, they might be ok. If 80-90% of their content is subscription based, they can forget it. If all the content if free for XBox Live Gold members, then we're in business. I have a feeling it won't be though. How would M$ make money off of this?

demonic_85
demonic_85

Well of course its only going to be available for Xbox Live Gold members, Microsoft doesnt give anything away for free... even if it doesnt cost them anything.

jodyben
jodyben

@D3thN1gh7 Microsoft isn't charging for Hulu, nor do they own Hulu. There are no additional charges from MS (not even really rummored to charge either) to get Hulu. They're just saying to watch Hulu on 360 or internet you will soon need to pay NBC/GE (Hulu)

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Actually, the price of Live is $40 for a year. Anyway, I think Hulu going to a pay scheme will make it a ghost town unless its a super cheap fee.

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

Wow. Well that sucks. I've had to use Hulu for a long time now because I don't have cable TV here. Can't really afford both it, and the internet. Now they're going to take that away too. :( And of course as many of you said, microsoft is now just trying to find more stuff to charge people for. This bs really needs to stop. Keep free stuff free please.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

Is M$ going to open a streaming video in Japan, I'm currently living in Japan and had no access to netflix. I miss netflix. there are some dvd rentals here like netflix, but as far as I searched, they don't have streaming online. yahoo japan has free service, but all are old shows and movies, only occasionally new movies appear, and all content expire after period of time.

monson21502
monson21502

if its not free. then i wont use it. i can afford cable tv:P

magicalclick
magicalclick

Wait, so this new fee thing actual applies PC as well? Nooooooooo.............

Ace6706
Ace6706

Kinda sucks because for those of us that just want a gold membership for playing games online might actually end up getting charged more for subs because of this. It's only a matter of time til microsoft starts raising prices for all this additional bs

dstv
dstv

this is like making a fee for facebook , everyone will just find an alternative.

stziggy
stziggy

I have to pay $50 a year to use Hulu on my Xbox 360, when I can get it for free on my PC. Are you kidding me? Microsoft must think their Xbox 360 is all that and a bag of chips. Good grief.

XeonForce
XeonForce

Just because it's on 360 doesn't mean it should cost extra.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

The problem is that people with money to burn actually pay for things like those, then influence their less fortunate friends to do the same. Buy the time this happens, sales numbers gets published and in a few months they've got 2 million users. Then the Band Wagon Jumpers start to want to be a part of this "new great thing" (Admit it, how many people out there know someone that got an Iphone just because they could afford it, and can't use the damned thing?). By now, now one cares about the faithful 50 million others out there that made the free version famous, they aren't making the company any money.

gamer082009
gamer082009

As long as people keep accepting this, this pay for everything on top of paying for everything else will continue.

XBANDer
XBANDer

I'll probably use Hulu on the 360 if it's free with a gold account. I don't even mind if there are commercials with it (within reason, of course). But if I have to pay extra for it, then forget it.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

And the death of Hulu begins. Seriously, why would anyone pay for this? The reason it's popular is because it's for people who don't watch lots of TV and only want to catch select shows without paying for tons of crap they don't want to watch.

R3V3N4N7
R3V3N4N7

The Xbox 360 is perfect for Hulu. Hope that fee isn't too bad.

RLJSlick
RLJSlick

Who on Earth would anyone pay for this?

Tauu
Tauu

Back in my day, internet content was free.

Zloth2
Zloth2

No time for TV. There's just too many good games.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

neato, but with all the wiz bang nuttyness of the ipad, why no tv tunner?

whataguy69
whataguy69

TV addicts everywhere? This is great if your in the US, but if i'm not mistaken, there's many things on XBL that are still being restricted internationally. This is a major bummer to those paying $50 or however much it is over seas.

MissObvious
MissObvious

Yeah, I am so not going to use Hulu if they start charging, especially since I already pay for Netflix, and they have a lot of the stuff that is on Hulu, plus you can have them send you pretty much anything. I guess maybe I would switch to Hulu if they had more stuff streaming than Netflix, but I'm kind of doubting that will happen, and I would be kind of annoyed to be paying for something that I used to get for free so I probably wouldn't do it anyway. This just doesn't seem like very good idea for Hulu unless they have something really phenomenal up their sleeve for the people who are paying.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

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berto64
berto64

awesome finally get to watch tv from the xbox 360,oh wait my xbox 360 is crapping up

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

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svaubel
svaubel

If Hulu starts requiring fees to watch im not using it anymore. It has commercials in the shows already, though not as many as broadcast TV. Thus, it should not have a fee because of this.

mwmartin00
mwmartin00

I like the idea that more TV is being offered via the Internet. I would love to ditch my satellite service and still get the shows I want. Netflix is a good start. Hulu might get us even closer.