Hulu Plus available on Xbox LIVE on Friday, April 29th

Hulu Plus is coming to Xbox LIVE tomorrow (April 29th.) To celebrate the debut of Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is unlocking Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE from April 29 – May 6. Through this sponsorship, all Xbox LIVE members in the US (Free or Gold) will be able to enjoy Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE, no Hulu Plus subscription or Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for an entire week.

Updated to clarify that this Hulu is only available in the US.

 

 

 

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  • http://twitter.com/HazyCloud HazyCloud

    Thanks, Jack Link’s. That’s pretty cool.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707077100 Jason Holland

    All members? Even in the UK?

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  • http://twitter.com/loopingstar Kev Grosvenor

    US Only of course . Nowhere else matters . *sigh

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    • http://twitter.com/HazyCloud HazyCloud

      Blame that on Hulu.

      From Hulu’s site…

      Is there a timetable for Hulu’s international rollout?

      Currently, Hulu is a U.S. service only. While we have every intention to make Hulu’s growing content lineup available worldwide sometime in the future, we don’t have a timetable or any news regarding expansion at this time. To accomplish this goal, Hulu must clear the rights for each show or film in each specific geographic region, which will take time. We’re encouraged by how many content providers have already been working along these lines so that their programs can be available over the Internet to a much larger, global audience.

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  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Like always… US gets the good stuff, I wonder what other exclusives MS have for USA at E3. probably nothing for UK as usual… US only matters right? WRONG!

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    • http://www.longklaw.com Will

      Is Hulu even offered in the UK? The rights to TV shows are usually tied to a specific region, so I don’t think you’d be able to watch them in the UK anyway.

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      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        Its not about Hulu, its about all the exclusives US get… come live over where and see how pissed off we are of this endless shit

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      • http://www.longklaw.com Will

        In this case, it’s not Microsoft’s fault. I’m willing to bet it’s not their choice to limit it in other cases as well.

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      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        They have an option to look into services for other countries,

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      • http://twitter.com/gonzoneil Patrick O'Neil

        but it wouldn’t be profitable for them. this is American capitalism, nobody promised that all regions would be treated equally.

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      • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

        If they want to make the xbox more lucrative than the ps3 (its main competitor with regards to core console gaming), then it would be wise to invest in other regions more – it would increase sales of xbox 360 hardware and software.

        Did you know the xbox 360 is lagging behind in Europe compared with the Wii and the PS3? Doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination as to why that is – the very American capitalism you just mentioned.

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  • http://twitter.com/BigDog969 Jared

    Awesome …….. Cant wait

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  • http://twitter.com/GonzoPD Gonzo Nose

    WTF some US only shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Europe or even Austria getting nothing of the cool stuff no Hulu, no Voice Commands, no Netflix, no Reward programs. I was thinking Microsoft is an international company not an US only one!

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    • http://twitter.com/gonzoneil Patrick O'Neil

      it’s not an international company. it’s a US one. stop complaining.

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    • Anonymous

      It’s a US company that just happens to do business all over the world. With that said you can only complain about the voice commands. Netflix and Hulu license their own product. Rewards programs don’t work for all countries because some countries make the company charge taxes on free items. So most companies opt not to do programs due to legal implications if taxes aren’t charged correctly.

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  • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

    How about Microsoft get their thumbs out and get Netflix onto Xbox LIVE for the UK already. Screw Sky Player and Love Film, we don’t care about them.

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    • http://www.longklaw.com Will

      THat’s a decision that Netflix would have to make, not Microsoft. I would love to have Sky Player over here.

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      • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

        If you knew what Sky Player was you probably wouldn’t. It’s a very minimalist selection of channels that a full Sky TV subscription offers. I’d much rather have back catalogue collections of TV box sets (a la Netflix), though I understand that the timing of availability of each season would have to be different because they air on TV later over here.

        It’s true that it’s primarily up to Netflix to make the decision to move into other territories on Xbox LIVE, but Microsoft would be their partners in it, and could be encouraging it.

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    • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

      You realize that Microsoft doesn’t own Netflix right?

      If you want Netflix in the UK, go bitch to Netflix. Microsoft can’t do anything about it.

      Once Netflix launches in the UK, I’m sure Microsoft would happily launch the Netflix app on Xbox Live there, just like they did here in Canada.

      I understand how much it sucks not having these services because we hardly have any of them here too but at least whine to the right company. MS has NOTHING to do with availability of the services in your region.

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  • Anonymous

    As usual, this is another feature that will not work in my country… I can only use XBL Gold for online gaming, that’s pretty much it…

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  • http://twitter.com/Shorty Shorty

    -sigh

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  • http://twitter.com/AJdaGreatest Big Bad AJ

    cool

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  • Anonymous

    Finally! Now I can get that ancient PC out of my living room.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/canadianman17 Tracy Liggett

    There is no other part of the world outside the USA…..they are all that matter obviously….enough Microsoft excuses.

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  • http://twitter.com/PiMD PiMD Gaming

    Tried it out on PSN, not impressed to pay a fee for Hulu Plus and forced to watch commercials. Worst subscription ever.

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    • http://twitter.com/iphonefarted iPhone Farts

      you pay for cable and watch commercials. stfu.

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      • http://twitter.com/PiMD PiMD Gaming

        I own a DVR and never watch commercials, so you stfu, asshat.

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    • Anonymous

      The commercials really aren’t that bad, I’ve been a subscriber for a while and I find a lot of older content doesn’t even have them in it.

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    • http://twitter.com/Snarky30 Ryan Jarrett

      Yeah it should be more like Cable where we pay a monthly fee and get to watch shows commercial free…. Oh wait. That’s not how it works at all.

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  • http://twitter.com/TheMrPeace Mr Peace

    I would be nice if this would come to non-US xbox live. South African xbox live doesn’t even have the zune player nor zune marketplace or even half of the features the US version has, and yet we pay MORE than the Americans. It makes no sense.

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    • http://profiles.google.com/tehsuperking Ian Leydic

      They probably don’t have the rights to sell what is in the zune marketplace in South Africa

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  • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

    Here’s an idea – charge US xbox live subscribers MORE than other regions because they’re benefiting way more. Makes perfect sense.

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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JRM3DO35RWOKRHCX5KIICLEOCM Trill

      Or if your not satisfied with what you are getting, don’t subscribe. Or just keep complaining. Either way. … O_o

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      • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

        I was very happy with the service, until I saw Americans quite literally get more bang for their buck. The same way I’d be pissed off if I walked out a shop with a new laptop, and saw another customer walk out 5 minutes later with 25% off and a free dongle.

        If Microsoft cannot offer all regions a particular or equivalent service, they either a) shouldn’t launch it at all or b) should change regional pricing to reflect availability of features.

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    • http://twitter.com/gonzoneil Patrick O'Neil

      or move to America if you want to use an American product. you also don’t seem to understand the American capitalistic system. how about charge non-American users more with an Export Tax? I’m not advocating, just saying it makes just as much sense as your idea.

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      • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

        It doesn’t work like that, we’re all customers either way, and xbox LIVE is not a physical product so is thus not being exported. Hell, the stuff that comes up on our dashboard will be done in house in the UK by the UK xbox live team.

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      • Anonymous

        It doesn’t have to be a physical product to warrant an export tax. The U.S. is very crafty with it’s export taxes.

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    • Anonymous

      Fraser, when Xbox LIVE orginated on the original Xbox it cost $50, and what you got was online gaming, with in-game communication and eventually party chat. In 2005, when the Xbox 360 was released, for $50 you got online gaming, in-game communication, party chat, exclusive free content, and eventually the availability of additional free and paid services. In the US and the UK, we have the same free services available for Gold subscribers. Twitter, Facebook, Zune, and Photo Party. Some people here in the US also get ESPN because they pay for it through their broadband Internet subscription, but there are some that don’t. Just like in the UK and Australia with Sky and FoxTel.

      The only thing Canada and the US get that no one else does is Netflix, however it’s a subscription service. Likewise, the only thing so far that the US gets that no one else does is HULU. Again, it’s a paid subscription service.

      Microsoft doesn’t dictate where those services are available, those services dictate where they are available.

      If it’s of any consolation, I hate that ESPN doesn’t feature SPL football, because SkySports has the exclusive distribution rights for SPL football. So even though I can watch English teams, Italian teams, and Spanish teams, the teams I’m interested in watching I can’t watch.

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  • http://twitter.com/priesmeyer Jason Priesmeyer

    Why don’t you try it out on PSN now? How is it working for you?

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    • http://twitter.com/PiMD PiMD Gaming

      I don’t try it on any system, because I cancelled my Plus account for Hulu. I am a member of both PSN and Live, so no reason to hate. They didn’t get any info from me on PSN, I don’t use my real name on services like live and PSN. That is the beauty live membership cards.

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  • http://twitter.com/SMG_823 Steven Gagnon

    ok ill be the one to say it. microsoft is a US company so stop whining be happy you get xbl at all

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    • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

      and Grand Theft Auto 4 was made by Rockstar North primarily (a Scottish based studio of Rockstar which actually originated in Scotland as well). Now did Scotland get any special bonuses, or did it come out in Scotland earlier than anywhere else? NO. Because nowhere can have anything if America doesn’t have it first or better.

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      • http://profiles.google.com/sarge.quackers Brian Harlow

        Netflix and Hulu don’t offer support to the rest of the world, just US. Microsoft can not force them to offer service outside of US. They are just offering what is available. Not Microsoft’s fault so stop complaining to them if anything complain to Hulu or Netflix.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1173490927 Kevin Gallacher

        We get Sky which is UK only anyway

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      • http://twitter.com/gonzoneil Patrick O'Neil

        Rockstar Games, based in NY and owned by Take Two, is the PUBLISHER. the company publishing the game holds all the cards, not so much the developer. also, just stop complaining.

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      • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

        The person who stated Microsoft was an American company was clearly basing it on the fact it started out in America. I am also stating that Rockstar is a Scottish company based on the fact it started out in Scotland.

        The arguement “we made it, that’s why we get it first” is what was being implied, so I responded with the example of Rockstar North (based in Scotland) being responsible for the bulk of GTA4’s creation.

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      • http://twitter.com/gonzoneil Patrick O'Neil

        ok how about this: we own the company that paid for the game to be developed so we get it first.

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      • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

        You might have the money, but the UK has 4 of the active Rockstar Studios, and the US only has 1. You cannot make a game without either the money or the developer, so let’s just call it a stalemate😉

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  • http://twitter.com/Wulf684 Jens Kunst

    Please, do discriminate which members you mean by ‘all members’.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/sarge.quackers Brian Harlow

    I know all of you are going to complain about this being US only but its not like Microsoft can do anything about that. Just like Netflix, Hulu is only offered in the US. So its not Microsoft’s fault. They can’t force those services to offer it to the rest of the world.

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    • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

      Microsoft originated in America, but it has headquarters and teams based all over the world. They just choose to pour the vast majority of their resources into the American market. Subscriptions aside, for what Americans are getting vs what all other regions are getting, the pricing is unfair. The pricing should be adjusted on a per region basis depending on what features are available to that region.

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      • Anonymous

        We’re the US Fraser, not America. America is the entire landmass of North and South America as well as the Caribbean islands. At the time the British Colonies in America were formed, the whole Western Hemisphere was known as America. Hence why the US is incorporated as the United States of America.

        The problem is negotiating content distribution rights to the many different nations of Europe. It’s easier to work in the US, and Canada than traditionally it has been in Europe. The various channels in Europe each have content distribution agreements for US made content, most of which are exclusive. ABC UK couldn’t even distribute its own shows like LOST because Channel 4(?) had exclusive distribution rights in the UK. ABC ended up going off the air because of it.

        When the company creating the content can’t, because of contractual reasons distribute its own show on its own network, what makes you think a company like HULU can come in and do any better?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000236730685 Stuart Ashcroft

    So it looks like it’s just the US that are getting this then?

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    • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

      Yes, it is just the US that is getting access to this US only service.

      If you don’t like it, contact Hulu.

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  • http://twitter.com/dagnasty Justin Higgs

    MS has nothing to do with whether Netflix or Hulu is offered outside the US. The problem is licensing rights between the respective services and the TV/Movie production companies

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  • Anonymous

    that would be awesome ….but hulu is us only, so how about seesaw or blinkbox minus movies for the uk

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  • http://twitter.com/DaddyNewts James Newton

    Guys, Netflix and Hulu are only available in the US full-stop, either through Xbox Live, PS3, web, Wii or whatever. It’s really nothing personally, it’s just the way things are.

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    • http://twitter.com/CdnHeyYou Robbie S.

      Canada has Netflix too.

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  • http://twitter.com/hellstorm86 Thomas Jenkins

    For US users this is a big announcement. however from a UK perspective this blows. I know we have the SKY service in the UK however it is not the same. I subscribe to Love Film in the UK which is a great service however it isn’t NETFLIX by any means. My argument is if TV companies want to stop Piracy of TV programs then don’t have stupid Licenses which make things US only. I sometimes feel these big movie and TV studios only have themselves to blame.

    E3 would like Lovefilm xbox tie up, BBC I player tie up here in the UK.

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    • http://www.ericksasse.com.br Erick Sasse

      I agree. And at least you have Sky. In Xbox Live Brazil we have nothing.😦

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      • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

        You’re not missing out on much tbh. I watch the news on it sometimes, which I can easily do in the living room. It’s a wasted opportunity to tell you the truth.

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    • http://twitter.com/xLoCk0nx Fraser Howarth

      I couldn’t agree more. PSN (which is free) has BBC iplayer which is an awesome UK feature, but Xbox LIVE (which is not free) doesn’t have it – something tells me Microsoft UK team were too slow off the mark to get it before Sony got it.

      And yeah, they wonder why people illegally download US TV shows before they air months/years later on UK TV?

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      • Anonymous

        No, Microsoft wanted a BBC app as a part of Gold subs, but because the BBC is taxpayer funded and by its charter can’t charge people for its content, it couldn’t go along with Microsoft’s plans.

        Microsoft, for its paet wanted something more than just the BBC iPlayer. It wanted an app similar to the Sky, Netflix, ESPN, FoxTel, and now HULU app. That is, it wanted to include the party viewing feature.

        For Gold members, you probably are aware of Party Chat, but that feature is also available on all the Xbox LIVE video apps. Besides allowing everyone to socialize while watching something, it synchronizes the playback so that everyone is in sync and watching the same thing at the same time.

        It’s a bit more sophisticated than just an app for streaming video. Because of that, and the Party Chat feature, it isn’t included free, but as a part of the Gold subscription.

        Microsoft technically was taking to the BBC long before Sony. Things just didn’t work out as expected.

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  • http://www.gamer4eva.com David Mccue

    Doesn’t Hulu plus offer a weeks free subscription on there website anyway. Carnt Hulu offer the service as it stands, or is it just a gimmick for microsoft to earn a few bucks through sponsorship.

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