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Hulu Plus launches on Xbox 360 tomorrow with one-week free trial for all


Hulu Plus Xbox 360

Xbox 360 users in the U.S. will have access to Hulu Plus starting Friday, Microsoft announced today.

Hulu Plus members will be able to stream the site's content over the Xbox 360 console, and those with the Kinect can control their Hulu queue with their voice or gestures.

As a promotion, Microsoft is teaming up with Jack Link's Beef Jerky, which will offer all Xbox Live users free access to Hulu Plus from April 29 to May 6.

"Through this sponsorship, all Xbox Live members (Free or Gold) will be able to enjoy Hulu Plus on Xbox Live, no Hulu Plus subscription or Xbox Live Gold membership required for an entire week," Larry Hryb, the director of programming for Xbox Live, wrote in a blog post.

For $7.99 per month, Hulu Plus provides users with access to full seasons of the TV shows it has available, as well as movies.


The addition of Hulu Plus comes two weeks after Microsoft added Kinect support for Netflix on the Xbox 360, which also allows users to control Netflix queues with their voice or gestures.

Microsoft first announced plans for a Hulu-Netflix Kinect linkup during its CES keynote. At the time, Microsoft described the move as "all part of our vision to bring partner content plus the magic of Kinect straight into your living room."

The news comes as Xbox rival PlayStation is still grappling with a major hack and subsequent outage on its network. Microsoft on Wednesday also warned users of phishing attempts via its best-selling, first-person shooter game, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."

Hulu, meanwhile, released an update to its iOS app Thursday that organizes search results in tabs, provides a dedicated button for access to its Criterion movie collection, and promises improved performance and video playback, including a glitch that impacted the "resume" function.

This article, written by Chloe Albanesius, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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