Hulu, Now With 6 Million Subscribers, Will Make Some TV Episodes Free On Mobile

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Today at Hulu’s upfronts, the company announced a major change for its business with the reveal that it would begin streaming a selection of ad-supported TV episodes for free on mobile devices beginning this summer. Until now, viewers have only been able to watch Hulu’s free service on the desktop, while its “Hulu Plus” mobile offering remained a premium experience.

The company’s free mobile offerings had changed somewhat last October, when Hulu announced its first free mobile videos. But at the time, those freebies were just clips, and were only available in the browser, not Hulu Plus.

In addition, Hulu promises a new Hulu Plus iPhone app this summer, presumably in tandem with the release of the new, free shows.

Today, the network, which last December reported that roughly 50% of its then 5 million Hulu Plus subscribers where streaming exclusively on mobile devices, says it has now grown that subscriber…

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