Want to get Hulu Plus running on your Android tablet? If yes, your only bet at the moment will be to get a Vizio 8″ tablet. The Vizio 8″ tablet became the first tablet to fully support Hulu Plus. The Vizio tablet currently sells for $299, and a Hulu Plus subscription will run you $7.99 per month, if you already aren’t a Plus subscriber. There’s no telling on when the rest of the Android tablets will get Hulu Plus support. Since the Vizio 8″ runs on Gingerbread, you can expect to have Hulu running on other Gingerbread tablets in the future. As far as Honeycomb, there’s no telling. Who knows, maybe Hulu is working on a Honeycomb tablet optimized version of its app before making it available on Honeycomb tablets.
Check out the full press release below.
Hulu Plus™ Now Available from Android Market Bringing Even More Entertainment Options to VIZIO Tablet Users
IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — VIZIO, America’s #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today that the new VIZIO 8″ Tablet with WiFi will support the Hulu Plus™ subscription service. The highly-anticipated app will bring the extensive library of TV and film content from over hundreds of providers and independent creators to subscribers using the VIZIO Tablet for just $7.99 per month.
Allowing users to find and enjoy premium content on their own schedule, the Hulu Plus™ subscription service complements VIZIO’s mission to bring high-quality technology and “Entertainment Freedom™” to consumers at an extraordinary value. The subscription service offers instant access to current and past seasons of shows like 30 Rock, Modern Family, The X-Files, Arrested Development and Family Guy.
Last week, VIZIO’s feature-packed, multi-media Tablet hit retailers nationwide at a price of $299. Designed with “Entertainment Freedom” in mind, the WiFi enabled VIZIO Tablet comes equipped with unique features like a three-speaker configuration for enhanced audio in landscape or portrait modes, built in universal remote app for home theater control and a HDMI® port for HD playback on the big screen. The addition of Hulu Plus bolsters the entertainment value of the sub-$300 VIZIO Tablet, making it one of the most affordable, media centric, Android-powered Tablets on the market.
“The VIZIO Tablet was designed to provide a world class Internet content experience and we are proud to be one of the first Android-powered tablets to support Hulu Plus™,” said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “VIZIO is committed to delivering innovative products to consumers that break new ground, deliver new services and address gaps in the industry.”
According to early 2011 data from the Nielson Company, video streaming increased by 28% from last January. Not only are more people using video streaming, but 45% of viewers are spending more time watching the content they selected. With more consumers choosing to view content via non-traditional channels, VIZIO viewed this as an opportunity to create a Tablet with an industry leading media-centric experience.
*Source: IHS iSuppli Corporation Research Q2 2011 Market Tracker Report of Q1 2011.
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VIZIO, Inc., “Entertainment Freedom For All,” headquartered in Irvine, California, is America’s #1 LCD HDTV Company. In Q2 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 shipping brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and in Q3 2007 became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in U.S. LCD HDTV shipments. Since 2007 VIZIO LCD HDTV shipments remain in the top ranks in the U.S. and were #1 for the total year in 2009 and 2010. VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich consumer electronics to market at a value through practical innovation. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics. VIZIO’s products are found at Costco Wholesale, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale, and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, Fast Company’s 6th Most Innovative CE Company of 2009, and made the lists of Ad Age’s Hottest Brands, CNET’s Editor’s Choice, CNET Best of CES 2011 – Television, IGN Best of CES – Television, Bluetooth.org Best of CES, Good Housekeeping’s Best Big-Screens, PC World’s Best Buy, Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice and OC Metro’s 10 Most Trustworthy Brands among many other prestigious honors. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at www.VIZIO.com.
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