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Now playing on some screens: Hulu Plus for Android tablets

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The Hulu Plus video subscription service finds its way to several Android tablets Thursday, complete with an updated user interface. The software, found in Google Play(s goog), has a visual redesign for easier navigation on large touchscreen devices. But not every Android tablet owner can use the software; only seven devices are supported.

Owners of these Android tablets can install and use the Hulu Plus software, provided they’re paying the $7.99 per month subscription: Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom(s mmi), Motorola XYBoard 10.1, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia and LG G-Slate. Nearly all of these slates run on Nvidia’s Tegra(s nvda) platform, so I thought that was the common denominator. Motorola’s Xyboard, however, uses an OMAP chip from Texas Instruments(s txn), however.

Conspicuously missing from the support list are any Samsung tablets; in particular the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It could be that the folks at Hulu simply haven’t tested their software with Samsung’s Exynos chip yet, although the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses a Tegra 2. The Hulu team says, “This is just the beginning of our Android tablet rollout,” so more tablets are sure to follow, but for those that say fragmentations issues don’t exist, this is a prime example.

3 Responses to “Now playing on some screens: Hulu Plus for Android tablets”

  1. asantic

    By now I have to wonder why the tech press continues lazily repeating Hulu’s PR line rather than making the obvious observations and asking the necessary questions. Hulu specifically withholds support for Samsung hardware. That includes all smartphones and all tablets. This is a matter of policy, not fragmentation. There is a story here that should be pursued. To begin with, does it have anything to do with Samsung being targeted by Apple’s patent infringement suits?

    • asantic, I don’t think the Hulu PR commented on the tablet fragmentation. ;) Also, your statement that “Hulu specifically withholds support for Samsung hardware. That includes all smartphones and all tablets.” is false. I just went into Google Play and found the Hulu Plus app to see which of my devices are compatibile. Because I review many Android phones & tablets, my device list is quite long. I see 3 Samsung supported devices in the list, along with a few that aren’t supported; mainly because they run Android 3.x or 4.x.