Hulu announced this morning that Hulu Plus, the paid subscription version of the service, is now open to anyone who wishes to subscribe to it. Not only is it now open, but it’s also cheaper than expected.
Back in June Hulu opened up an invitation only test of Hulu Plus. For $9.95 a month Beta testers got access to more content than the average Hulu subscriber, and also got the ability to watch the content on iOS devices as well as the PlayStation 3. Since that time the service has just been quietly chugging along with no word on when it would open to the public, but we also learned that support would be coming to other devices such as the Roku and TiVo. With the announcement this morning all of that came true, plus more.
First up, the price has dropped from $9.95 a month to $7.99, which is likely a result of the test Netflix is doing of a streaming-only subscription here in the United States for $8 a month. People that have been paying $9.95 a month during the test period will receive a $2 credit per month they were signed up to the Beta during the next billing cycle. (I.E. if you’ve been signed up since June, your next month should be free.)
Secondly, support for Roku devices launches today, plus support is coming for Vizio, LG Electronics, Panasonic Blu-ray players & HDTVs, TiVo Premiere DVRs, Xbox 360 and Western Digital’s WD TV Live Hub Media Center & WD TV Live Plus Network Media Player. There also plans to add more set top boxes, tablets and mobile devices. Apple’s iOS device should expect an update soon as well as the PlayStation 3.
Lastly, there is even more content coming to the service with one of the biggest gains being every episode for all 36 seasons of Saturday Night Live. (As someone who has watched literally since episode one, believe me, there are some seasons you can skip.)
Between Netflix and Hulu being on so many devices now that can stream to your TV and mobile devices, for about $17 a month you can really question if cutting the cable cord isn’t the best idea for you now.
What say you? Will you be giving Hulu Plus a try?