this news is a few weeks old at this point, but thought I’d share anyway. hulu has added the entire Criterion Collection to its online library for viewing via web, tv, or mobile (hulu plus subscription required). thanks to hulu’s ad partners, you can watch free of ad interruption.
hulu plus moves out of preview mode and becomes a fully-offered service with an announcement of a rate DEcrease from $9.99/mo to $7.99/mo. as if that weren’t good news enough, to thank preview members, they are crediting them back $2/mo for every month they’ve been a member, with an extra $2 credit to make up for the free 1-week preview all of us previewers missed. hooray! also added is a referral program where current subscribers can get up to 20 free weeks by referring friends (2 weeks per friend) to hulu plus (UM MY REFERRAL CODE IS BELOW KTHX).
i was really stoked when hulu plus was announced. hulu was really the only video the iPad was missing for me, as everything else i watched had either created an app (e.g., ABC, Netflix) or become HTML5 compliant (e.g., YouTube, TED) as of day one. you can read hulu’s blog about hulu plus here. the free preview was impressive, looked great, synced your playback position between devices/desktop. but after a few weeks of heavy use, i’ve gotten frequently irritated with a few things about it. (updates below)
Apple unveiled its new iPod lineup today, and Steve’s “one more thing” was a long-awaited refresh of Apple TV. while quite a few people seem to be excited about this tiny, sleek new incarnation of Apple TV, personally, i think it’s kind of a dud, for a few reasons.