Two separate reports have emerged tonight that point to Hulu’s long-rumored premium service finally arriving soon. The service, dubbed Hulu Plus, may be available for some 10,000 testers next week, according to All Things Digital. In addition, there’s talk that Hulu will announce a partnership with Sony next week to get its content on the Playstation 3.
The news follows rumors from earlier this month that said Hulu would be headed to the Xbox 360 soon and that it was developing an iPad app as well. With all of these separate rumors coming in so close to each other, there’s a definite possibility we’ll finally see some big announcements from Hulu soon.
It would make sense for Hulu to announce Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 support, along with its iPad app, when it launches Hulu Plus. While some of Hulu’s website viewers may find a reason to pay for the service, it has the potential to find more support among users who want to bring its content to their televisions and the iPad — much like how Netflix’s Watch Instantly found success on the Xbox 360, iPad, and a variety of other devices.
As I’ve written previously, the company has been quick to block methods of viewing its content on televisions via Boxee and Sony’s Playstation 3 Web browser — most likely due to pressure from its corporate overlords NBC Universal, ABC, and Fox. While it would be nice for Hulu to bring its free ad-supported content to other devices, the company’s past actions have made it clear that if users want its content on their TVs, they will likely have to pay.