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At Hulu’s development center in Seattle, we spend our time focusing on making the Hulu Plus living room experience delightful for our subscribers. With our latest innovation, we’ve teamed up with Nintendo to bring you a brand new way to watch your favorite current season TV shows on the biggest screen in the house while using a fully integrated second screen experience.

Hulu Plus will be available on the Wii U console starting today. Nintendo’s Wii U offers developers like us an exciting opportunity to build an innovative second screen experience for you through the versatile Wii U GamePad controller. The Hulu Plus integration with the Wii U GamePad is one of my favorite features — it allows you to quickly discover more information about your favorite shows while simultaneously watching them on your big screen at home. The console’s second screen controller also enables you to take the TV viewing experience with you to another room in the house with just the click of a button.

Want to see it in action? Check out this quick walk-through video:

 

Once the device starts up, Hulu Plus can be found right on the home screen, which makes discovering shows or catching up on new episodes easier than ever.

The Hulu Plus experience on Wii U includes large, vivid artwork that makes it easy to navigate. As you scroll and search, the Wii U GamePad automatically updates to provide rich information about shows, episodes and more. Using the controller, you can start watching instantly or queue up an episode for future viewing.

While watching your favorite show, you can easily move what you’re watching from your big screen to the Wii U GamePad. This feature is perfect for when you step away from the TV and want to take the viewing experience with you throughout your home.

When watching shows on the Wii U GamePad, you still have access to all the controls that you are familiar with. Switching to and from the TV is as simple as tapping the button in the lower right corner.

Wii U will also be home to the new Hulu Kids section. More than 43 shows, including current season Nickelodeon programming, are available commercial-free in this section.

For those of you who are new to service, Hulu Plus is the only video subscription offering current TV programming from hundreds of content partners, including top broadcast networks ABC, Comedy Central, NBC, Nickelodeon, FOX, The CW, Univision and WWE. Hulu Plus subscribers can watch on their PCs, Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, streaming media players, gaming consoles, mobile phones and tablets – all for $7.99/month with limited advertising. For many popular shows on our service, Hulu Plus offers every episode of the current season, not just a handful of recent episodes. Hulu Plus subscribers also have access to back seasons and full runs of some of TV’s greatest shows, including many that were not available online before.

If you are new to Hulu Plus and want to try our service on the Wii U, we’re offering a free 1-week trial now: http://www.huluplus.com/WiiTV

I hope you are as excited as we are about this new experience. Let us know what you think.

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The Hulu team spends a lot of time watching TV shows. It’s a perk of the gig. We spend hours discussing the plotlines and characters, and inevitably, the conversation always turns to the list of the shows we’d like to offer on our service. Since CBS has produced some of the most enduring content in history, their library of programming has always been high on that list.

That’s why we are so excited to announce our new multi-year licensing agreement with CBS to bring their library of TV programming to the Hulu Plus subscription service beginning in January 2013. This is in addition to the more than 400 other content partners from whom we offer current and classic TV programming on Hulu and Hulu Plus.

CBS content will begin to appear on Hulu Plus in January 2013, and over the following months, Hulu Plus subscribers will have access to more than 2,600 episodes from CBS library series such as “Medium,” “Numb3rs” and “CSI: Miami” to classics such as “Star Trek,” “I Love Lucy” and “The Twilight Zone.” Starting today, clips from “Entertainment Tonight” will also be available the day-of broadcast on Hulu and Hulu Plus (watch a clip from yesterday’s “Entertainment Tonight” below).  A selection of CBS library shows will also rotate through the free Hulu.com service and we will continue to announce additional titles on a rolling basis.

 

We remain ever-focused on building a differentiated and high-value service for our customers (users, content owners and advertisers) and are proud that we have built Hulu Plus to be the only online video service to offer this type of TV content selection. We hope you enjoy all the classic and contemporary library of CBS shows coming to Hulu Plus in January.