In a world where everybody wants to be a set top box, it's nice to see some web services willing to take a different route to deliver what users want. Even though Microsoft's Xbox 360 already has a plethora of options when it comes to streaming video, it doesn't hurt to see one of our favorite online TV streaming websites, Hulu, provide a convenient way for us to watch our favorite shows on the big screen.
While it's pretty much still in the rumored phase, word has it Microsoft plans to announce the addition of Hulu software integration for their Xbox Live subscribers at the E3 expo coming up in a few weeks.
Hulu is a service that provides TV shows for free with commercials if watched through their online website. However, if you want to use the service through Xbox Live, except an additional subscription fee (kinda like how Netflix has you pay extra for their streaming content). Yeah, it's a bit of a downer, but the alternatives (wires crawling all over the place, having to pull out the remote to switch HTPC boxes, or just the addition of another box on the home theater rack) may just be enough to make you pull the trigger.
For us, we'd be more than willing to shell out a few bucks each month for a great service at a reasonable price. This explains why Netflix has been so successful with their integration into the console boxes these past few years; it's all about creating value for the customer, while treating them like first-class flyers with more options than they can choose from. If any more companies could realize this working example.
No word on price of the service or when Microsoft plans to launch the feature, but we're hoping to get the details soon.