Hulu Plus now comes baked into the Apple TV
The Apple TV is not a good media streamer. For one thing, it sticks you with the iTunes store for rentals and purchases, something that is far from amenable. But it’s slowly getting caught up with other streaming boxes and today made a major leap forward: It finally has Hulu Plus.
Hulu Plus, for those unfamiliar, is basically all-you-can-eat broadcast TV and art movies. Most broadcast TV shows appear on Hulu the day after they air, with fewer ads. Hulu also has a deal with the Criterion Collection, meaning that all those serious profound movies you keep meaning to watch are on there and you can not watch them there instead of having a Netflix disc sitting collecting dust.
It’s actually got a pretty deep archive of shows and movies. The main problem with Hulu Plus is that paying eight bucks doesn’t mean the advertising is gone on broadcast shows, easily the biggest problem on the service. But if you’ve been debating cutting cable, and can wait a day for your TV shows, the Apple TV just became that much more appealing. You should still buy a Roku instead, though.