We’ve gotten word that Hulu and Apple are working on a product for the iPhone/iPod touch and possibly an Apple tablet.  While making a Hulu port for iPhone would be fairly straightforward, with Apple’s iTunes selling TV shows through iTunes and AT&T not wanting to break its network any further, it becomes more complex.  Here’s what out tipster has told us:

  • The service would be ad-based just like the desktop/browser versions
  • The service will utilize Apple’s new variable bitrate HTTP streaming protocol.  The quality will be good but not as good as iTunes versions
  • It was originally hoped for release in September but rights issues have pushed the release back into late 2009/early 2010.
  • The Hulu app only works on Wifi but it may "in the future" be allowed to run on carrier networks.
  • AT&T will offer competing services on the iPhone.  They will coexist.
  • There will be ties to iTunes store links.  For instance, if you are watching an episode of Lost, you’ll be able to buy prior seasons from iTunes with one click.
  • Hulu is poised for international expansion in 2010.  The iPhone version will expand with the full version
  • The app won’t be free


FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author