The rumors have been flying about a Hulu app on the iPad. Hulu is the number one reason that geeks complain about the lack of Flash support on Apple’s mobile devices, so if Hulu were to bring a native application to the TV-friendly iPad, it would be huge. And it might be happening soon.
The TV-streaming site, which serves on-demand content from Fox, ABC and NBC, will begin testing Hulu Plus on May 24th, according to the LA Times. The $10-per-month plan will give access to back-catalog shows as well as the current range of constantly disappearing and re-appearing new shows. The free model will remain unchanged.
In itself, this isn’t gadget news, but a for-pay Hulu clearly paves the way for iPad Hulu. Who wouldn’t pay $10 to toss out their cable-subscription and be able to watch any show whenever and wherever they like? It would certainly cut down on BitTorrent use. In fact, a subscription model for the iPad could be the thing that stops TV going the way of the music and movie industries. Just one thing, Hulu: when you release your iPad app, make sure that you enable the VGA-out option so we can hook up to the big screen. Oh, and hurry it up, y’hear?