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Nintendo Inks SVOD Deal With Hulu Plus

16 Feb, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Video game hardware and software manufacturer Nintendo Feb. 16 said it signed a deal with Hulu that enables Wii users to stream myriad movies and TV shows through the $7.99 monthly Hulu Plus subscription video-on-demand service.

Wii users for the first time can stream current-season TV shows such as “Family Guy,” “Glee,” “New Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Office,” “The Biggest Loser” and “Modern Family,” as well as full back seasons of shows like “Community” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Kids programming includes episodes of “Arthur,” “Wild Kratts” and “Dinosaur Train,” among others. The deal includes movies from Miramax as well.

Hulu Plus also is coming to the Nintendo 3DS system later this year.

“The Wii console is the hub of the living room, and with the addition of Hulu Plus, millions of households now have even more options for streaming premium TV shows and movies,” said Tony Elison, Nintendo of America’s senior director and general manager of network business.

Users who have a broadband Internet connection can visit the Wii Shop Channel to download the Hulu Plus application at no extra charge. The application allows users to navigate using the Wii Remote controller and search for their favorite TV shows, movies, clips and more. Hulu Plus offers a variety of content, including Hulu Latino, which offers hundreds of hours of current and classic Spanish-language programming, including the entire current season of prime-time TV shows from Univision, Galavision and Telefutura.

“Wii is not only one of the most important entertainment devices in the living room, but one of the most heavily anticipated and requested platforms by users and subscribers,” said Pete Distad, VP of marketing and distribution with Hulu. “Teaming up with Nintendo gives millions of households across the U.S. an immediate way to access some of their favorite current season shows on-demand in their living room through Hulu Plus.”

For the first month of launch, users who download Hulu Plus for Wii and do not already have an existing Hulu Plus account will get a two-week free trial.

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