Hulu has been one of the most popular and transformative websites online, bringing the idea of web access "on demand" television to a realistic proximity. Hulu was created by many of the major networks to raise the profile of their programs and creative a money making alternative to people that have begun large scale piracy through P2P networks. The real question was going to be whether Hulu would be reliable enough through standard internet connections to meet the needs of the people watching programs and films through it, and it has been. Now the question is if Hulu can be ported to mobile devices with the same success. The answer is right now is no, but only because of the format that they have chosen with Hulu Plus.
Hulu Plus is quite incredible in its design as it has brought the entire format of the Hulu website over to the iPhone application. You are able to watch full episodes and movies, as well as just segmented clips, and you can select them from a nice option of popular episodes or featured content. The player itself works in the same way where you can see a complete timeline, locate the places where there will be commercial breaks, and come back where you left off if you leave the Hulu Plus application. The image and sound quality of the video is incredible and really marks that this could be the future of mobile television.
So what seems to be the problem? The problem here is if you want the complete content of the Hulu Plus iPhone application then you have to be a Hulu Plus subscriber. Yes, this costs $9.99 a month. There is enough free Hulu iPhone content here to check it out, but not enough to make this a viable solution. Hulu is as successful as it has longevity, but a subscription based video service does not and never will. People will not pay for this content when they can simply get it for free through easy Torrents.
Right now the Hulu Plus application is not going to revolutionize the iPhone, but it could. Give it a little time and they will begin to figure out that they are going to make little money when they ask for subscribers.
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