Hulu Plus for iPhone, iPad Video
Hulu Plus for iPhone, iPad Video Transcript
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>> Ever since Hulu first started streaming TV shows on the web, mobile phone owners have been wanting a version of their own. Well, here it is. I'm Jessica Dolcourt with CNET, and here's first look at Hulu Plus 1.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Hulu Plus organizes Hulu's vast content catalog into several categories. Because of its larger screen size, Hulu Plus on the iPad is pretty easy to navigate around among TV shows, movies, and your queue. You can also search for specific titles or browse by what's featured, popular, or recently added. We're less enamored of the iPhone app's more cluttered layout. Although the small screen size doesn't help, getting around the app could be easier. You can still search and sort by popular and featured content plus TV shows, but other content is harder to get to. Movies in your queue, for example, are hidden in the more screen, and from there, you can search movies by title or genre. As far as video quality goes, it was excellent when streaming over strong Wi-Fi, but weak signal caused all sorts of pixellation, hiccups, and occasional crashing. Luckily, videos resumed in almost the same place each time they cut out, though the app really could benefit from the ability to download shows while signal is strong for later viewing when signal is weak, particularly for monthly subscribers. The Hulu Plus app itself is free, and there is a corpus of new TV shows you can also watch without charge, the same as you would do from your desktop or laptop computer; however, most of the content does require a Hulu Plus subscription, which costs $10.00 a month. While it's reasonable to charge customers for premium content like movies, the fact that Hulu is also streaming ads for monthly subscribers leaves many users feeling cold, including us. Come on, Hulu, ads or monthly charges; pick one or the other. The brand new app has a ways to go before it can win over the majority of Hulu watchers, but we're glad to finally see Hulu acknowledge its mobile fans. I'm Jessica Dolcourt, and this has been Hulu Plus for the iPhone and iPad. ^M00:01:55 [ Music ]
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