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Hulu Plus Requires PlayStation Plus Subscription

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Sony has been coy on whether Hulu Plus would be available only to PlayStation Plus subscribers. There may be a reason for that. A $170 reason.

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The guys at Technologizer have found that in the source code for Hulu Plus' "devices" page, you can find the following point:

"The instructions below will help you install Hulu Plus on your PS3. Note: you must be a subscriber of the Playstation Plus Network."

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It's not displayed on the actual page, but as you can see below, it's definitely in the code (or at least was at time of publishing).

Illustration for article titled Hulu Plus Requires PlayStation Plus Subscription

While this isn't official confirmation from either Sony or Hulu, it doesn't look like a typo or slip of the tongue, either. Assuming this is true, if Hulu on your TV was a driving force behind you subscribing to PlayStation Plus, it would cost you $170 a year for the privilege ($50 for PS+, $10 a month for twelve months of Hulu Plus).

That's crazy. If you were signing up to PlayStation Plus anyways, knock yourself out, but this is hardly an enticing way to "build value".

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Course, this craziness isn't specific to Sony's console. It's bound to be repeated all over again next year when the service becomes available on the Xbox 360, as it will definitely require an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

UPDATE - Reader Paul sends in the image below, activated by getting hold of a preview code for the service. It clearly includes the PSPlus-only statement.

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Illustration for article titled Hulu Plus Requires PlayStation Plus Subscription

[via Technologizer]

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I don't understand the state of mind of many of the commenters here.

"Playstation Plus is a waste of money. Sony is full of dicks for charging $50 a year for this service. Only a retard would buy these bonuses that they offer.

Meanwhile, I'm sure happy I still have my XBL Gold subscription for my 360. Now that's a purchase I can stand behind! I could consider buying Hulu+ with that!"

...and they say it with no sense of irony or self-awareness.