Update: Hulu Plus coming to Roku this fall

UPDATE 9/28/10 – Roku and Hulu announced today that the premium Hulu Plus service will become available on the Roku line-up of boxes sometime this fall. That will certainly make the Roku XD reviewed below an even better bargain, although we’re not sure that Hulu Plus as its currently configured makes much sense.  It’s nice to have a full catalog of programs available, but studies have shown that the $9.99/month pay service currently available to PS3 owners features only a few programs not available on the free service. Also, with many of the most popular NBC shows soon to be available on Netflix, it’s questionable whether Hulu Plus will have many takers.  Follow this link for the full story over at PC World.

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Roku Player and Amazon Video On Demand Partner Up

Netflix Digital Video Player

With the last update to the Roku Digital Video Player, previously known as Roku Netflix Player, users saw not only HD Netflix videos, but also a notice saying that new channels would be coming to the box in 2009. Roku has just announced that Amazon’s Video On Demand service will be one of their new channels.

Amazon’s On Demand service allows people to purchase, rent and watch digital movies and TV episodes. Its library includes 40,000 commercial free movies and TV shows. Rentals are priced at 99 cents to $3.99, for a 24 hour viewing window.

The videos will be streamed in 300, 600, 900 or 1200 kbps in the h.264 codec.