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Hulu, one of the top TV and movie streaming sites on the web, has long been an elusive target for Android users. At first, we didn't have Flash. Once we got Flash, Hulu started blocking Flash-enabled Android devices. Many hacks followed, but required modifications to the Flash apk and resulted in less than optimal viewing experience in the browser. In January, we finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel, when the upcoming official application was finally revealed, though without any promises on delivery timelines.

For Hulu Plus subscribers, the battle is now over, as the company just dropped off a little overdue present in the Market. The Plus app lets those paying $7.99 a month access all the Hulu goodness on their Android devices, but the list of said devices is unfortunately severely limited at the moment, even more so than with the Netflix app. Here are the 6 currently supported devices:

  • Nexus One
  • Nexus S
  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • Motorola Droid 2
  • Motorola Droid X
  • Motorola Atrix

Nope, there's no EVO, though Hulu is promising to expand device support throughout the year /sadface.

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Hulu Plus for Android requires OS version 2.2+ and weighs only 3MB, which is refreshing in a world where 20+MB apps are becoming common. Another bit worth pointing out is that it works over WiFi and cellular data and isn't locked down to one or the other (*cough* Sprint TV *cough* T-Mobile Google Talk *cough*).

If you're a Hulu Plus subscriber, download away using the widget below, and if you're not, might you now consider joining the ranks? After all, the benefits are pretty significant:

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Source: Android Market via the Hulu blog

Artem Russakovskii
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  • TT

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=14993003

    My EVO running CM7 allows me to login/browse but not play anything yet.

  • JayMonster

    With data caps in place on some carriers and about to go live on VZW, the chances of me paying $8 a month for them to stream commercials to my phone is nil. The half assed policies like restricting some shows that are available on the free service but not on Plus because it can be streamed to devices is bad enough, but commercials against a data cap makes this a complete non-starter.

  • PacoBell

    Ads on a for-pay service? That's just pure, unadulterated greed. And, yeah, so are the arbitrary content blocks. Hulu's gonna get their lunch eaten by Netflix, count on it.

  • meatcherub

    Does it count the Nexus S 4G as a Nexus S? If not, then WTF, hulu? No love for Sprint? If I don't see something for the Evo 3D, Evo or Epic, I'm cancelling my H+ account. They can watch me rely solely on netflix.

    • Tommy

      It works perfectly on the Nexus S 4G

  • jjjjjjj

    This is merely a compliment to the main selling point of Hulu Plus, which is streaming to your Smart TV or Bluray. Not recommended or intended for phones alone. Also, Hulu is for sale so who knows what changes are ahead once buyer emerges. That said, there's no contract & I will try the service (through my Bluray, my EVO unsupported anyway).
    And I think Netflix is done eating others for lunch. There are only dark days ahead for them.

    • JayMonster

      And you think Hulu will get better under somebody elses control? It is currently owned by Fox, NBC and ABC... so they are going to sell it to somebody else and give them better terms than they give their own joint venture company?

      I guess it is possible, since I see more (and better) ABC content on Netflix and Amazon than I do on Hulu.

      I definitely disagree, and think Netflix still has plenty of room to grow and little to slow it down. I mean hell, look at the sweatheart deal they gave to Blockbuster with the whole 28 day waiting window, that sure as heck didn't bolster Blockbuster. Who (or what) is going to create tough times for Netflix?

  • Mikeb

    Its not on the market

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yes, it is there for compatible phones.

  • THETRUTH

    not even worth the trouble

  • Zorgathon

    working on my incredible running cm7

  • J

    Is Hulu still running the special where if you sign up with a .edu address they'll give you a month free trial instead of a week (or whatever the special was?)? It could be cool to give it a try...

    Any idea how it handles simultaneous multiple logins? If my significant other is at home using my account on the TV, what would happen if I launched it on my DX while on the bus to work?