updated 11:25 am EDT, Wed June 30, 2010
Hulu Plus test app open to all
Hulu today quickly followed up on the preview launch of Hulu Plus by launching its companion app for iOS devices (free, App Store). The universal app gives the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch streaming access to the paid service's TV shows and movies. It can scale up to 720p on an iPad and will stream over 3G on an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or a 3G-capable iPad.
Virtually all of the website's features translate over to the portable edition. Videos paused on the web or another device, like a PS3 or Samsung player, can resume playing from where they were paused. Viewers can also steer the queue, which helps keep track of new episodes and favorite shows. Ads still remain, reportedly as the revenue from online ads isn't enough to support the Plus service by itself.
Although the app is free, the service itself is still in its pre-release stage and requires an invitation to use. Service itself will cost $10 per month, and Hulu doesn't currently have plans to make an iOS app available for the limited but free version limited to the web.