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Hulu Plus On PS3 Requires PlayStation Plus?

This week Hulu launched Hulu Plus, a subscription model of the website's service. PS3 support for Hulu Plus is coming this month; also debuting this week was PlayStation Plus, for PSN users. But will Hulu Plus only be available to those paying for PlayStation Plus?

If you're already planning on forking over $50 per year for PSN Plus, this news shouldn't bother you one way or another. If you weren't planning on subscribing to PlayStation Plus but were all eager to cancel your cable and live happily ever after with Hulu Plus, then you might want to reconsider your PSN Plus decision.

While trying to figure out if PlayStation Plus users would get cheaper or free access to Hulu Plus, Technologizer stumbled upon a little secret: It looks like you'll need PlayStation Plus if you want Hulu Plus at all. Though it's not there now, Technologizer managed to get a screen shot before it disappeared.

When you consider the fact that Hulu Plus is coming to Xbox Live Gold users, it should come as no surprise that only users willing to pony up for PSN Plus will be getting the new subscription service. Still, it's kind of a bummer for those of us who don't want PSN Plus but really want Hulu Plus.

  • dextermat
    Well one thing for sure: Im not getting ripped-off by sony!!!

    nor by microsoft....

    Playing online should be free except for games that evolves (mmorpg)
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  • sliem
    We pay for the console.
    We pay its tax.
    We pay for the game.
    We pay its tax.
    We pay for the ISP.
    We pay for the Playstation Network Plus.
    We pay for the Hulu Plus.

    WE PAY FOR ALL!!!
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  • Wheat_Thins
    dextermatWell one thing for sure: Im not getting ripped-off by sony!!!nor by microsoft.... Playing online should be free except for games that evolves (mmorpg)
    Playing online is still free on the Sony box. PSN Plus just gives you the ability to perma rent games (probably all crap games) for as long as you have your subscription. I won't buy it but your under the wrong assumption that you have to pay for online with the PS3.
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  • Manos
    PSN is still crap and slow.. Along with that I find the menu really inconvinient and what made me never again use my PS3 online. I only use it once a month to download an arcade IF needed to.

    I'll stick with my PC and XBL Gold and I'll use Hulu from Xbox since its so many MANY times faster over PSN. They can eat their PSN Plus and their Hulu service over there at Sony. Sorry but thats how I feel about bad services that ask for money -.-
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  • tokenz
    Wheat_ThinsPlaying online is still free on the Sony box. PSN Plus just gives you the ability to perma rent games (probably all crap games) for as long as you have your subscription. I won't buy it but your under the wrong assumption that you have to pay for online with the PS3.
    You forgot it also now gives you the ability for hulu plus. I think that sony will start rolling out the exclusive services for only the playstaion plus here pretty soon. I wouldnt be surprised if netflix became a PSN plus service pretty soon. They took away your Linux. Might as well make netflix pay to play.
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  • lamorpa
    dextermatPlaying online should be free except for games that evolves (mmorpg)
    Why? Seriously. Why?
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  • g00fysmiley
    lamorpaWhy? Seriously. Why?
    I'd agree with him to some points. like a fps or strategy game where you use a dedicated server of somebody you know and just play online with friends, or like counterstrike where you have dedicated servers and the game just links you up... but if the developer is providing the servers then yea i think they should be able to charge
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  • shloader
    Were it not for Uncharted my PS3 would probably be sold for the cost of a Blu-Ray drive + Windows 7 for my theater PC... which could run Hulu btw. There's no technical necessity behind this decision. I take this as an admission on Sony's part; their Plus service doesn't have enough attractive selling points on its own so they need tactics like these to sign people in (who otherwise wouldn't bother). In fact I can just borrow a PS3 once every three years for all the use I get out of mine these days.

    Sony was a beacon againts tactics like these. Tokenz right, this ideology already eroded... they're just sliding further down the hill.
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  • sviola
    sliemWe pay for the console.We pay its tax.We pay for the game.We pay its tax.We pay for the ISP.We pay for the Playstation Network Plus.We pay for the Hulu Plus.WE PAY FOR ALL!!!
    Sorry to be the one to tell you, but there's no free lunch in life...
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  • Major7up
    This kind of thing makes me want to quit gaming forever
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