Hulu on Tuesday announced a premium TV subscription service called Hulu Plus, intended to deliver all the shows available on hulu.com to a plethora of new devices. For $9.99 per month, users can stream new shows like Glee and old shows like The X-Files in high-definition to Internet-connected mobile devices and TVs.
"We have great conviction that consumers should be able to watch the TV shows they’d like to watch, whenever they want to watch them, wherever they want to watch them," writes CEO Jason Kilar. "The Hulu team has taken that conviction and built a very special service we’re calling Hulu Plus."
Hulu Plus expands the service's long list of TV programming from the browser to the Apple iPad, iPhone (3GS/4), third-generation iPod Touch, and even select Samsung Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players
Kilar says other devices and platforms, like the PlayStation 3, will receive support shortly.
Besides offering TV whenever and wherever, Hulu Plus plain and simply gives the user access to more shows. On standard Hulu, users can usually only watch the five most recent episodes of a show. With Hulu Plus, subscribing users get access to (in most cases) full seasons of new shows like Family Guy, Glee, and The Office and Hulu's complete back catalog, which includes all nine seasons of The X-Files, all three seasons of Arrested Development, ten seasons of Law and Order: SVU, and more.
"It’s a treasure chest in the cloud for TV lovers," says Kilar.
Hulu says it will stream all native HD content in 720p high definition.
Currently invitation-only, Hulu Plus will be rolling out in waves.