While we all use our smartphones for different reasons, I think we all come together on one function: streaming video. I’m always looking for places I can kill some time with a mindless video. We’ve already looked at one app of that type this week, Droid Streamer. I’m absolutely loving that one. Yesterday we got news of another streaming service that should be headed for BlackBerry soon. That would be Hulu. A year ago Hulu was my best friend. I watched so many shows through it — it’s how I watched the entire series of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Archer. But recently Hulu has changed. They’ve put many of these archive episodes behind a pay wall. The same goes for new episodes of current shows. Basically, the only way to get the real brunt of the service is to pay the $7.99 monthly fee for Hulu Plus. But if you’re an Android user, you’re out of luck even if you were willing to pay $100 per month. That’s the message you get when you visit Hulu from your Android. So not only is there not Hulu Plus support yet, but you also can’t even access the normal Hulu library — even though Android supports Flash (apparently you need a higher version of Flash, anyway). That is, until yesterday, when Hulu announced Hulu Plus support coming for Android. Hulu provided few details with this announcement, so we can’t be sure exactly what’s coming. They did repeat Hulu Plus a few times, so I’m not sure if that will be a requirement to use the service. If so, that’s a shame. Even though Hulu’s freely available library is quite limited, especially compared to what it was last year, it’s still free content. Why can’t I stream it from my Android? I can do it from my computer. I’ll avoid a full-fledged rant, since I’m not sure what Hulu has in mind when it launches this service. I’m glad it’s coming, but I’m not going to pay $7.99 for a service that I already get with my DVR. But there is a decently library of time-killing videos that are available free to computers. Is wanting that on my Android too much to ask?
Hulu Plus coming soon to Android
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