Hulu Plus arrives with a monthly subscription fee

Summary:The day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived: Hulu has finally gotten official with its subscription service with the simple name: Hulu Plus.

The day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived: Hulu has finally gotten official with its subscription service with the simple name: Hulu Plus.

Earlier this year, rumors started sprouting that Hulu would start charging for its content, followed by predictions that said service would be accessible via Sony's PlayStation 3.

Well, straight from Hulu itself this time, we now know that the popular streaming service is launching a new product. That's right: you won't have to pay for access to the old website, but rather $9.99 per month for viewing content via Hulu Plus. The "revolutionary" ad-supported paid service will grant access to full seasons of popular TV shows like The Office and Grey's Anatomy (rather than just a few back episodes), plus all episodes of some old favorites not on the air anymore like The X-Files, Ally McBeal and Roswell. (That show had three seasons? Really?)

If they up the catalog's title count, that $9.95 each month could be worth it and maybe give Netflix a run for its money - especially if they spice things up with movies and harder-to-find TV shows. Another bonus point is that it will probably be easy to connect to Hulu Plus from just about anywhere on most gadgets with a Wi-Fi and/or 3G connection. Devices that support Hulu Plus include Macs and PCs, Internet-connected HDTVs and the iPad/iPhone 4 or 3GS/iPod touch with a new Hulu Plus app.

The trick is getting an invite. The doors aren't completely open to this project yet, so you'll have to "request" an invitation to the Hulu Plus party. How lame does that make you feel? Or are you so excited about this new streaming service that you just don't care?

Topics: Mobility, Apps, iPad, iPhone, Operating Systems, PCs, Smartphones, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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