Roku inks deal with Hulu to bring Hulu Plus service to all Roku players

Apple Online StoreRoku, Inc., and Hulu today announced a partnership to offer the Hulu Plus service on all Roku players. The Hulu Plus channel will be available via subscription to all Roku customers later this fall.

Hulu Plus offers TV shows, both current and classic, on a streaming platform to subscribers in the U.S. Through Hulu Plus on Roku, TV lovers can watch every episode of more than 45 current hit programs from ABC, FOX and NBC like Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, Family Guy, and The Office.

In addition, subscribers will have access to full series runs and numerous back seasons of dozens of old TV shows like The X-Files, Law and Order: SVU, Arrested Development, Miami Vice, Ugly Betty, Quantum Leap, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell and Ally McBeal. The Hulu Plus channel will be available via subscription to all Roku customers later this fall.

“We are excited to bring Hulu Plus to all Roku users,” said Pete Distad, VP of Content Distribution for Hulu, in the press release. “With Hulu Plus on Roku, TV fans will have an easy way to stream to their TVs the shows they love, whenever they want.”

Roku recently launched its new line of HD streaming players starting at US$59.99. The Roku HD streaming player ($59.99) delivers video in high-definition and features built-in wireless and Ethernet for broadband connectivity anywhere in the home. The new Roku XD ($79.99) and XDS ($99.99) models add 1080p HD support (delivered over HDMI) and extended-range Wireless-N. In addition, the XDS model features dual-band Wireless-N technology and USB playback.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide Hulu Plus subscribers with the most inexpensive device to stream Hulu content to their TVs,” said Anthony Wood, founder and CEO of Roku, Inc., in the press release. “Hulu continues to be an amazing innovator in online entertainment, and Roku is an ideal platform to bring their content back to the living room and high definition televisions where it is best viewed.”

In partnering with Roku, Hulu joins major entertainment partners including Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Pandora, MLB.TV, and Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Source: Roku, Inc.

22 Comments

  1. And people are thinking that Android is becoming fragmented. We’re rapidly approaching the point where you’ll need several different devices to cover the streaming or sale for most of the various flavors of content providers. We’re pretty much there already.

  2. And people are thinking that Android is becoming fragmented. We’re rapidly approaching the point where you’ll need several different devices to cover the streaming or sale for most of the various flavors of content providers. We’re pretty much there already.

  3. Who the funk cares?

    Hulu Plus still has ads, and current shows are still limited — instead of the five last episodes, you’ll get the current season. They won’t give you the full run of current shows, and full runs of shows are limited to a a few dozens older ones.

    It’s a miserable lousy attempt to save the ad-supported business model of network television. One I do not care for anymore.

    Oh, and frag subscriptions. I hate ’em. Don’t want to pay just so, even if I don’t even watch, or for crap I don’t want to be exposed to. I’ll pay for what I like. A la carte. And once I payed, I’m done. Gimme my copy. Don’t make me pay over and over to get me access to the same funking content.

  4. Who the funk cares?

    Hulu Plus still has ads, and current shows are still limited — instead of the five last episodes, you’ll get the current season. They won’t give you the full run of current shows, and full runs of shows are limited to a a few dozens older ones.

    It’s a miserable lousy attempt to save the ad-supported business model of network television. One I do not care for anymore.

    Oh, and frag subscriptions. I hate ’em. Don’t want to pay just so, even if I don’t even watch, or for crap I don’t want to be exposed to. I’ll pay for what I like. A la carte. And once I payed, I’m done. Gimme my copy. Don’t make me pay over and over to get me access to the same funking content.

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