Now playing on some screens: Hulu Plus for Android tablets

Worries that services like Hulu Plus might require a cable subscription could be a reason for the probe.

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, 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, Motorola XYBoard 10.1, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia and LG G-Slate. Nearly all of these slates run on Nvidia’s Tegra platform, so I thought that was the common denominator. Motorola’s Xyboard, however, uses an OMAP chip from Texas Instruments, 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.┬áThe 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.


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