Xbox Live Hulu Plus confirmed for April 29

[UPDATE] Following rumors, Microsoft officially announces that the $8/month television-streaming service will arrive on its console tomorrow; trial period offered for free until May 6.


Though the Royal Wedding in the UK will dominate the airwaves on April 29, the day will also mark another significant event in the television realm. Following several days of rumors, Microsoft has confirmed that Hulu Plus will launch on Xbox Live starting tomorrow.

Hulu Plus debuts on Xbox Live tomorrow.
Hulu Plus debuts on Xbox Live tomorrow.

To use Hulu Plus, gamers must be Xbox Live Gold members, at a cost of $60 a year, and also subscribe to Hulu Plus, which costs $8 per month. The service allows users to stream shows and select films from a range of networks, including NBC, Fox, ABC, FX, PBS, Bravo, SyFy, and the Sundance Channel. The free version of Hulu, available on PCs, only lets players watch the most recent episodes of select shows gratis.

[UPDATE] To promote Hulu Plus on Xbox Live, Microsoft will be offering the service for free to all Xbox Live members at either the Gold of Free membership levels, from April 29-May 6.

Hulu Plus joins such other services as Netflix and ESPN on Xbox Live, along with the Zune video marketplace, which allows for high-definition streaming of films and TV shows. Last November, Hulu Plus became available on the PlayStation Network, where it is accessible at no additional charge from Sony.

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