updated 04:20 pm EDT, Fri April 17, 2009
Hulu iPhone app coming
A dedicated Hulu application is in development for the iPhone and iPod touch, claims an industry executive speaking with Silicon Alley Insider. Like the website, the app should let users watch movies and TV shows from studios such as Fox and NBC. Key differences will include the use of a native video format, and a revised interface, omitting the Flash an iPhone is incapable of rendering.
The software is expected within a matter of months, and is already said to provide video as good as that on the website. Crucially for iPhone owners, streaming should operate over both 3G and Wi-Fi connections.
Hulu has generated controversy within the Apple community in recent weeks, mainly as a result of attempting to prevent Hulu content from appearing in Boxee's front-end software. The former is blaming content providers, which are said to be worried that granting TV-based access to Hulu could seriously damage advertising revenues. Boxee can currently be installed on Macs and Apple TVs.