Hulu Plus coming to Samsung, Sony, Vizio HDTVs and Blu-ray players.

Summary:Are you ready to pay to watch Web TV on your real TV? As part of the announcement of its Plus service, Hulu revealed that it has inked deals with Samsung, Sony, and Vizio to include Hulu Plus as part of the streaming lineup for their "connected" HDTVs and Blu-ray players.

Are you ready to pay to watch Web TV on your real TV? As part of the announcement of its Plus service -- $9.95 per month for access to past episodes and other content -- Hulu revealed that it has inked deals with Samsung, Sony, and Vizio to include Hulu Plus as part of the streaming lineup for their "connected" HDTVs and Blu-ray players. According to Engadget, Plus will also be coming to the PlayStation 3 next month and Xbox 360 in early 2011.

Those with Samsung networked HDTVs and Blu-ray devices can start watching Hulu Plus now by downloading the app, though it'll only be sample content. (You'll need to request an invite to start testing the full service.) Sony and Vizio will start offering Hulu Plus on their devices in the fall.

Being able to subscribe to Hulu Plus to watch it on your HDTV could be a difficult sell. To make things a little easier, Hulu does plan to stream the shows in 720p HD, so you're at least making most of those pixels on your set do some work. But does it offer enough to get people to drop their pay TV service or add $10 more per month to their total TV budget? And since Hulu describes Plus as an "ad-supported service," you may still have to watch ads. Then again, you won't have to remember to DVR every episode of your favorite show, or wait for the season DVD if you miss watching a hot new show from the start. (On the other hand, Hulu doesn't have every show from every network.)

Are you willing to give Hulu Plus a chance in your living room? Why or why not? Let us know in our Comments section.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Samsung

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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