I just read that Hulu is finally rolling out there subscription service, Hulu Plus, in a limited beta release for $9.99 per month. I filled out the survey and signed up to get on the beta list since I am curious about the functionality and capability of the service. If I can get into the beta, I plan to test out the iPad functionality and the capability of using Hulu Plus as a cable TV replacement solution. At this time, my family watches Netflix more than cable TV and I use the iPad version of Netflix while in hotels on the road. It looks like Hulu Plus would offer a bit more than Netflix with the latest episodes of my favorite shows and together they look to be a great way to get the content you want when you want it.
The one area that neither of these services address is live sports and as a huge fan of sports I need some way to follow my favorite football, soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. I found that MLB At Bat 2010 on the iPad satisfies my baseball needs and would be fine with apps for other sports for most situations.
This beta version of Hulu Plus will be available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with the website stating that additional device support is coming soon. The guided tour video states it will work over WiFi and 3G too. I imagine that Google Android will be near the top of the list for future devices and would love to watch Hulu content on my HTC EVO 4G with the integrated kickstand. The devices list shows the status for a number of different ways you will be able to get Hulu Plus on your TV, including Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and more. You can also watch on a computer through a Flash player. I am curious if the Nokia N900 with Flash support will be able to play Hulu Plus content and look forward to trying out several methods.