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  • iPhone Getting Bitbop for $10 a Month. Is Hulu Next?

    While little if anything has been said of late about Hulu's prospective arrival on the iPad, speculation has resumed about Hulu coming to the iPhone thanks to a new effort in the works from Fox, one of the driving partnership forces behind Hulu. Announced this week by Fox at the CTIA Wireless show is a new TV-on-phones service dubbed Bitbop.

    For now, Bitbop will be available for a $10 monthly subscription and stream content from Fox, NBC Universal, Discovery, and others directly to your mobile device. The content will be available via stream and download. Packaged as an app soon to be available for the iPhone and Android as well as the Blackbery, which has widely been used in promotional material to show off the service, Bitbop is now seen as the obvious precursor to Hulu for mobile devices.

    Although some industry analysts see Bitbop as the "precursor" to a much bigger mobile offering, with services like FLO TV still puttering around with any real, tangible explosion in popularity, many are concerned that mobile audiences haven't "ripened" enough to guarantee a sure-thing, slam-dunk success with a service like Hulu for the iPhone. Of course, I don't know who these doubtful individuals are, as most mobile fanatics I'm familiar with are chomping at the bit for services like Bitbop and, ultimately, Hulu optimized for mobile phones.

    If you're curious about Bitbop, you'll have to wait until later this year when the service officially becomes available. Granted, by then, we may already be enjoying Hulu for the iPad. But regardless of whether the tablet gets the service first, it's unlikely to diminish the appetite among many iPhone owners for Hulu on their handset.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Getting Bitbop for $10 a Month. Is Hulu Next? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -

      anyone notice that the iphone isn't in that pic?
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      But the Droid is so I should be getting this on my Nexus One when it comes out.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      The iPhone also isn't in the picture for opera mini either
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Yeah, so many of the "watch this and/or that for free" apps from Cydia have left quite a sour taste in my mouth. Most have been gimmicky, and how many apps do we really need for Family Guy/South Park & The Simpsons? I wouldn't mind a solid Hulu app, but not iHulu.

      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      The iPhone also isn't in the picture for opera mini either
      Really? I thought that was looking good. Damn, I was really hoping to be able to use it. Apple should learn that allowing things like that makes their device better as a whole, even if it's not a direct component of Apple itself. What really counts is the user's ability to cater the device to their needs, which should help them, not hurt. Who cares if we don't like Safari the best? We already paid for the APPLE device, you think they'd want us to be happy with it. It's like having an XBox that can only play Microsoft games. How does that actually help them?

      Hopefully it will at least end up in Cydia.
    1. iphoneguy.'s Avatar
      iphoneguy. -
      Quote Originally Posted by T40mas View Post
      YA DOWNLOAD iHulu from Rock/Cydia IT ACTUALLY WORKS!!!! free south park family guy and simpsons
      1. You have to be jailbroken.
      2. Not a wide variety.

      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      $10/mo is high considering the lowest Netflix is what, $8/mo and I get unlimited streaming to TV and old movies and one DVD in the mail at a time...I will wait for a Netflix streaming app myself.
      Netflix, is $9 for the first month, $15 after, don't let them fool you. Plus they're streaming selection is crap. Not to mention, having a streaming aspect already, to bring it to the iPhone they'd have to reconvert everything for the iPhone.

      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      I use a website that's made for iPhone and everything. Only $30 for 5 years and I get unlimited movies, tv shows, and movies in theaters. Kinda against the law is the problem and mods deleted the thread last time I mentioned the name of it. So not much use for hulu
      Your talking about my site, thanks trying to plug it.
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      If you've ever watched a TV show in your life, DON'T. You will get addicted.
      American only, apparently.
    1. michellec's Avatar
      michellec -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiger92 View Post
      W00t W00t! Iz gonna downloadz it now!!


      hulu has thousands of shows and movies. not three of the stupidest shows on tv.

      Heck yeah if it's real!
      Nice nails btw
      Oh its real alright, its just taking time to finish. Its not one of those apps you can through together in a week. And we had a lot of false starts more so than with any project we started.

      There are just so many video and audio containers and formats, testing is amazingly hard , and upnp and to a lesser extent bonjour are not the most stable libraries. And network letancy is a issue you have to get around.

      Than there's the issue of seek , what good is a player if you can't rewind or forward the video. We finally had a break through on that the other day.

      We are targeting mid summer, it could be done sooner if we can find someone with some good developers to helo us. We made some inquiries and that may be the case.

      Ideally we would like to submit to the app approval process by the end of April.

      There is a beta test app on the ffmpeg4iphone site, but without the backend server it takes a lot of work to get videos into the player to use. you have to run a script of some sort to get the urls off your server. We test a lot with eyeconnect, tversity and playon. Playon gives the best features and performance.

      The actual app is fully dlna compliant, but that piece is not 100% done yet.

      More recent pictures of the ui.

      Overlays and cover art
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      now thats some ugly nails lol
    1. jajuan's Avatar
      jajuan -
      $10 a month a little too steep giving AT&T's reception poor quality. Video streaming have for video quality. There is a lot apps in cydia that allow you to watch tv shows. Hulu should allow you to download this video shows. That would make it a better investment