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BlackBerry In Talks To Bring Hulu To The PlayBook

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is currently in talks with Hulu to bring the Hulu Plus video streaming service to its PlayBook tablet PC device.

Hulu Plus a paid video subscription service that is available on a number of internet enabled devices including the PS3 console, connected TVs, Blu-Ray players, the iPad and the iPhone. Now, RIM wants Hulu Plus to be featured on its flagship tablet PC device.

“We are in conversations with Hulu to bring the Hulu Plus subscription service to BlackBerry PlayBook users,” a RIM spokesperson said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab).

Hulu Plus allows users to stream movies and TV shows on their device for a flat $7.99 monthly fee.

Analysts believe that an added Hulu Plus feature will have a positive impact on the PlayBook, which has had decent a start in the US market. RIM shipped around 50,000 PlayBook units during the first day of its launch, beating analyst estimates.

The only model of the PlayBook tablet that is currently available is the Wi-Fi only version, but RIM plans to bring a 4G version to Sprint later this year. The company is also planning other 4G versions for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

The tablet market is currently dominated by Apple's iPad, but a number of tablets are expected to begin competing with the iPad by the end of this year.