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Vudu Comes to the PS3, Hulu cuts price

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Vudu Coming to PS3

Hulu Plus is cutting its subscription prices from $10 to $8/month, and PS3 users have another way to buy or rent high-def movies with Vudu. ‘Tis the season for internet video, and no streaming service or wired entertainment box will be left without its stocking stuffed.

There’s been speculation about a Hulu Plus price cut for a while. When you’re already paying for cable, Netflix, home internet, Xbox Live Gold, 3G voice and data plans — this list goes on and on — $10 for another monthly subscription is a tough sell when plain-vanilla Hulu is free. The new lower price and availability on a wider range of devices (where, crucially, regular Hulu isn’t available) makes Hulu Plus much more attractive.

The price didn’t drop quite as much as people thought it would — $5/month seems to be the sweet spot for users to say “what the heck, who cares how much I use it” — but Hulu has offered a one-week free trial for new subscribers and a price difference credit to early adopters who ponied up the $10. Not too shabby.

Playstation 3 owners were among the first to get Hulu Plus off their computers and onto their television sets, and now they have its rhyming cousin Vudu too. Vudu is Wal-Mart’s on-demand movie service, offering streaming rentals and purchases in 1080p, perfect for the PS3’s high-end media power (assuming you’ve got 4.5 Mbps internet).

The Vudu app itself is free; movies cost between about $15 to $20 to own and $4 and $6 to rent, depending on format (higher-definition movies with surround sound cost more).

Internet TV has been an amazing space to watch this year, as there’s been a perfect synergy between the services, who want to reach as many people’s television sets as possible, and the device manufacturers, who want to offer as many services to their users as possible. Content makers love it, too. The only people to feel sorry for are the broadband providers — but as they make moves to tier and cap and throttle data usage, they’re quickly adjusting to the new reality as well.

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