Posted Thu Jun 3, 2010 at 07:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
A paid subscription may be involved for the streaming television service.
For a lot of people, the game console is the center of the entertainment universe. And it's not difficult to see why. The PS3 and Xbox 360 both stream movies from Netflix, have their own 'on demand' services, and play optical discs of one sort or another.
Television, especially current television, is something that's been missing from the lineup. And that's something Microsoft is aiming to fix by adding Hulu to the lineup. It's just a rumor, of course, but according to the folks as Gear Live, it comes from a reliable source.
Cost is the big question; whether shows free on Hulu will be free on the Xbox. If the rumor is true, you can expect Hulu to show up as part of the Xbox Live fall update, right around the same time that Hulu is going to announce its own subscription plans.
The other question of course, is licensing. According to 1UP, it's not a question of whether Hulu for Xbox exists, but whether or not Microsoft can iron out the content rights issues that accompany such a venture. "If does pop up in Microsoft's E3 press conference," writes Kris Pigna, "it'll only be because Microsoft was able to work out the licensing issues behind the scenes."
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