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Hulu Plus Cuts Monthly Price

17 Nov, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Repurposed TV content site Hulu.com Nov. 17 said it is cutting the monthly subscription price of its premium service Hulu Plus from $9.99 to $7.99.

Hulu, which is owned by The Walt Disney Co., News Corp., and NBC Universal, is ad-supported and can be accessed free online. It is offering a one-week free subscription to Hulu Plus to new members. Referrals from current Hulu members receive two free weeks.

Hulu Plus, which is available on 50 different consumer electronics devices, offers current and back seasons of both primetime and classic TV shows to subscribers in high-definition (780p resolution) in the United States.

Users can stream any episode of broadcast network shows such as "Glee," "Family Guy," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Modern Family," "30 Rock," "House" and "The Office." In addition, users can access will full series runs and back seasons of shows such as "The X-Files," "Arrested Development," "Desperate Housewives," "Battlestar Galactica," "Monk," "Psych," "Saturday Night Live," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Ugly Betty" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," among others.

Separately, media player manufacturer Roku Inc., which pioneered streaming in 2008 with the Netflix player, said it had included Hulu Plus to its platform of content channels. It is offering a free month’s subscription to Hulu Plus with a player purchase.

Sony is including 11 weeks of Hulu Plus with the purchase of a Bravia connected HDTV or Blu-ray Disc player.

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