June 23, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
So a highly anticipated Android app walks into a bar and…oh, you’ve probably heard this joke before. Let’s get to the punchline: the Hulu Plus Android app is live and in effect in the Android Market.
But before you rush to download, let me add the caveat that the majority of Android users won’t be able to enjoy it just yet. As we’ve come to expect with desired apps, Hulu Plus for Android works only a short list of approved devices: the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, and Motorola Atrix, Droid 2, and Droid X. All others will simply have to wait.
Hulu Plus delivers on-demand streaming of the top U.S. shows on the four major networks, and a few options for watching movies and original programming made for the web. However, not all of Hulu’s video library is licensed to stream on mobile devices, so some episodes and shows are missing. A paid monthly subscription is required to use Hulu Plus, but the company is offering one-week of free service for new customers, so you can try out Hulu for Android at no cost.
Rob Wang, Hulu director of product management, promises that more phones will see Hulu Plus support through the year. I hope that proves to be sooner than later, especially since Hulu has been teasing a Hulu Android app since July 2010.
Head over to the Android Market and start streaming if you have one of the six aforementioned approved phones.
Funny side note: CEO Jason Kilar demoed Hulu on a Samsung Galaxy S last January, yet that phone is not supported (And for what it’s worth, I have a stock Droid X sitting in front of me that cannot access Hulu despite being on the list of approved devices.)