Vizio Tablet to Offer Films from Hulu Plus

Allowing users to find and enjoy content on their own schedule, the Hulu Plus subscription service complements Vizio’s aim to bring technology and “Entertainment Freedom” to consumers. 

The subscription service offers instant access to current and past seasons of shows like 30 Rock, Modern Family, The X-Files, Arrested Development and Family Guy.

Vizio, an LCD HDTV company, announced today (August 24) that the new Vizio 8″ Tablet with Wi-Fi will support the Hulu Plus subscription service.

The app will bring the TV and film content from over hundreds of providers and independent creators to subscribers using the Vizio Tablet for $7.99 per month. 

Similarly, the Hulu Plus subscription service will let WD (Western Digital) TV customers in the U.S. watch nearly every episode from networks like ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, MTV, NBC, and VH-1. (Read: Hulu Plus Service Coming on WD Media Players)

Meanwhile, a survey reveals that 42% of US tablet owners will cancel their print newspaper subscription. Tablets devices are said to be on pace to become ubiquitous, mass-market, consumer product faster than any-other previously released, technological device. (Read: Will Tablets Ring the Death Knell for Newspapers?)

Last week, Vizio’s multi-media Tablet hit retailers nationwide at a price of $299. Designed with “Entertainment Freedom” in mind, the Wi-Fi enabled Vizio Tablet comes with features like a three-speaker configuration for enhanced audio in landscape or portrait modes, built in universal remote app for home theater control and a HDMI port for HD playback on the big screen. 

The addition of Hulu Plus bolsters the entertainment value of the sub-$300 Vizio Tablet, making it one of the most affordable, media centric, Android-powered Tablets on the market, says the company. 

[ Also Read: Netflix Offers More Options to Film Lovers ]

“The Vizio Tablet was designed to provide a world class Internet content experience and we are proud to be one of the first Android-powered tablets to support Hulu Plus,” said Matt McRae, chief technology officer, Vizio.

Vizio says that according to early 2011 data from the Nielson Company, video streaming increased by 28% from last January. Not only are more people using video streaming, but 45% of viewers are spending more time watching the content they selected. 

With more consumers choosing to view content via non-traditional channels, Vizio viewed this as an opportunity to create a Tablet with media-centric experience.

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