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Microsoft Mulling Plans To Put Hulu On Xbox After Sky

For a few hours, there were distinct bouts of excitement over the net as many thought that Microsoft would be announcing the availability of free online streaming service, Hulu, on the popular Xbox 360.

The commotion was caused by Olivia Munn, presenter of "Attack of the Show", who updated her Twitter account with a message saying "Just finished promos for hulu/microsoft event I'm doing on june 8!"

She was actually referring to a Microsoft Bing event, not to a Hulu/Microsoft partnership but these few words were enough to start the rumour.

But a Hulu integration with Microsoft's Xbox Live system is perfectly viable. The gaming platform, which now has sold more than 30 million units, will be offering Sky Live TV via Microsoft's Xbox Live through the user's broadband line.

Hulu could be the US-counterpart of Sky in the UK, albeit as a free version. According to Gizmodo, Microsoft has already said that they will be investigating Hulu compatibility with the Xbox 360.

The online video streaming service, co-owned by NBC, Fox, Disney and many other networks and studios, has also released a new desktop client which could well be the beginning of a plan to make Hulu more universal.

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Users are already able to watch movies through the Xbox Live and Netflix. The latter offers a wide variety of instantly watchable movies and TV episodes on the Xbox 360 console for as little as $4.99 a month.

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