Starting today, Wii owners who have their console connected to a broadband internet connection will be able to watch TV shows and movies with the new Hulu Plus app. The app is free to download, but Hulu Plus itself is a subscription service that costs $7.99 a month. However, during the first month of the launch, new Hulu Plus users can get a two-week free trial.
"Wii offers the most entertainment fun for everyone in the family, with an impressive selection of streaming movies and TV shows in addition to an unparalleled lineup of games that can't be played anywhere else," said Tony Elison, Nintendo of America's senior director and general manager of Network Business. "The Wii console is the hub of the living room, and with the addition of Hulu Plus, millions of households now have even more options for streaming premium TV shows and movies."
I took advantage of the free trial period when they launched Hulu Plus on the Xbox 360, but I didn't continue with it. It just wasn't worth the money for me. But the service does carry quite a lot of shows, so it's almost a reasonable alternative to cable TV. Plus, you can navigate with the Wiimote, which is always fun!
Hulu Plus is also scheduled to hit Nintendo's 3DS handheld later this year, which is cool, but honestly, I barely use Netflix on my 3DS, so I doubt I'd be interested. (For on-the-go streaming, I use my phone so I don't have to worry about WiFi all the time.)