Hulu had originally announced that they would deliver Hulu Plus on Wii by the end of 2011. When that didn’t happen, it seemed as though a Hulu app for Wii might not ever materialize. Today, however, the Nintendo Wii finally joins the roster of gaming consoles and media players that allow users to stream their favorite TV shows from Hulu right to their TV sets. The new Hulu app will join the Netflix app on the Wii’s app store. The Netflix app has been on Wii for a couple of years, and Wii owners have been patiently waiting for Hulu to catch up.
Hulu Plus apps are currently available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and several streaming media players, such as all the Roku models. Additionally, there are a handful of HDTVs and Blu-ray players that come with the app. And, of course, most popular tablets and smartphones come with apps that provide full entry to the Hulu media library. According to Hulu, a Hulu streaming app will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS soon. There’s no word yet on whether you’ll be able to stream Hulu content on the new PS Vita anytime in the near future.
Unfortunately, the selection of Hulu content you can stream to your TV is limited in comparison to the selection of Hulu content you can stream to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Hulu has to get special permission from TV and movie networks to stream specific content to TVs. And some of these networks won’t grant that special permission for certain shows and movies. So, if you’re expecting to stream all of your favorite sitcoms from Hulu to your TV using the new Wii app, you may be a little disappointed. As more and more people begin to stream content to their TVs, we can hope that networks will become more open to sharing.