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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hulu+ Has Arrived

Hulu Plus has arrived -- all the rumors surrounding Hulu's new pricing plan weren't exactly proven true, but the program is now live, and drawing many comparisons to Netflix. For $9.99 a month, Hulu Plus subscribers have access to many more shows and episodes, but they still have to contend with advertising.

A Hulu spokesperson defended the inclusion of ads in the Hulu+ program, but its success remains to be seen. Some critics have pointed-out that Netflix carries more TV shows and episodes than Hulu, and without the advertising. The basic Hulu service remains free, but users have noticed fewer available episodes over the past few months, as Hulu geared-up for the Hulu+ release.

The industry will be watching Hulu+ to see how it performs. HBO's Go, and both Time-Warner and Comcast, allow subscribers to watch programming from their dedicated sites, as does CBS -- the only major network not currently involved in Hulu.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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