If you’ve been mulling over a Hulu+ subscription or waiting for the elusive preview invite, you might be interested to know Hulu+ has exited preview mode to officially launch and has lowered its price from $9.99 to $7.99/month. The two dollar decrease is likely attributed to Hulu trying to compete more with Netflix, which has made clear they are shifting towards a streaming-based service as priority, as users continue to use the DVD-by-mail feature to a lesser extent.

You can download Hulu+ in the App Store for your iPhone 4 or iPad. But what about those of you that have already been using Hulu+ at the original price? They have good news for you, too…

Hulu emailed current subscribers to inform them they would receive a $2 credit for each month they’ve been a preview subscriber. Since they launched the service back in early summer, that can amount to a free month for some, or at least a hefty credit.

I’ve been using Hulu+ on my iPhone 4 since August, and I was actually on the verge of canceling. I’ve been disappointed to find out a lot of current shows’ previous seasons have now expired, but canceled or ended shows are still fully available (except LOST, which is missing the last season since late summer).

I will probably keep my Hulu+ account until the credit is used up, but I really don’t watch enough old shows to justify the expense. Maybe new contract negotiations with studios will change that, but I’m not holding my breath. But if Hulu+ becomes available on Apple TV … yeah, I’m not holding my breath for that one either.

What do you think iDB readers? Does the lower price mean you’ll be trying out the service now? Or are you happy with the current, free content they offer?

  • brent

    I couldn’t justify spending any price for that service while the video quality is so bad. Every time I’ve tried the free content on the Hulu+ app it starts out ok and then the video gets glitchy and way out of synch with the audio. Happens every time. As an app whose purpose is the play video, it has failed miserably. Anyone else experience that?

  • I’m with you Matthew — it’s great to see the service available for iOS devices, but I still can’t justify the price for the content they make available. Until the price drops to $5 or below, I’ll stick with Netflix and the plethora of other media outlets available to me on the web. With HTML5 video on the web recently hitting 54% penetration, it won’t be long before the options are endless for online video on my iDevice(s).

  • six4seven

    Fuck i wish this was available in Canada!!

  • Hussein

    Does anyone know how to pay for Hulu+ outside USA?

    I’m bored of the free version. The UK could do with a service like this.

  • Allnetco

    Netflix works great so I could not justify the expenditure for Hulu+ . The real issue for me is that I found out that all the free content available via web is not also included in the Hulu+ subscription. If this is so, I will not get it even at a reduced price.