The end of TV, as we know it

Now that Hulu has vastly expanded its service beyond computers — to iPhone, iPad and other devices — and widened its content, does that portend bad omens for Netflix on demand? That’s a question that has digital-media analysts’ tongues wagging, so to speak. Though at least one analyst downgraded Netflix stock on the news, others contend increased interest in TV content online should pave the way for more demand on Netflix, too. “It shouldn’t have much impact short-term, because Hulu is mainly a TV hub, while Netflix streaming is mainly for movies,” says Josh Bell, new-media analyst at market researcher Interpret. “It’s possible that even longer term, the two may be seen as complements to each other, rather than competitors.”

Gartner analyst Mike McGuire goes even further: “Hulu has movies, but it’s nowhere close to Netflix. It will be interesting to see if people pay for Hulu’s premium service, which runs ads with the TV shows. Plus, Netflix has streaming on computers, iPad and game players.” An iPhone app is in the works.

On Tuesday, online video site Hulu launched a paid-subscription service. For $9.99 a month, users of Hulu Plus can get episodes of Glee, The Office and other popular TV shows. And the service is available — for the first time (by invitation only for now) — on Apple’s iPhone and iPad, and some Samsung Blue-ray players and TVs through new applications. On deck: Availability on Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox. “More wherever. More whenever. Than ever,” is Hulu’s new marketing slogan.

The 2-year-old company, which said it was profitable on more than $100 million in revenue last year, served up 1.2 billion videos to U.S. users in May, nearly triple from a year earlier. It is a distant second to Google’s 14.6 billion, according to market researcher Comscore. Netflix did not comment on the Hulu announcement. The publicly traded company reported $493.7 million in its recently first quarter, which ended March 31. Its quarterly profit was $32.3 million. Netflix has 14 million subscribers.

Hulu Plus is here!

Say goodbye to your pricey cable TV! Between Hulu and Netflix, I really see no reason to keep Cable/Satellite TV around any longer.

Announced earlier today after months of speculation, Hulu Plus has finally become official. For $9.99 per month, subscribers will be able to watch their favorite shows — including those from seasons past — on a multitude of internet-connected devices.

Mobile devices are a go, with iOS devices including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch (3rd generation) being the main attraction at this point in time. The best part as far as mobile is concerned is that streaming will work on both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. Several internet-connected HDTVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung already have support for the streaming service, and later on in the year, both Sony and Vizio will introduce support in some of their sets ad Blu-ray players. The PlayStation 3 will support the service “soon”, while the Xbox 360 will play nice come 2011.

Hulu Plus will officially launch is July, but if you’re lucky you might just be able snag a preview invite.

Lose your iPhone? Go find it

If you lose your iPhone or iPad while on the go, simply install this free app on any other iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to find it. If you are the owner of iPhone and/or the latest iPad you cannot afford to miss this app. The app by Apple Inc designed for iPad and iPhone can help you trace your lost or stolen phone or iPad.

Most of the applications available on the internet would require you to install the app on your device and when it gets stolen or lost the app already installed will help you locate your missing device. How this free application, Find My iPhone, is different and unique, you need not install this app on your iPhone or iPad in fact when your device is lost simply install the app on any other (may be your friends) iPhone, iPod or iPad and the app will help you locate your device.

You need to subscribe to the MobileMe services before you can locate your lost device. Once you get the MobileMe subscription you can see the position of your device on a map.  MobileMe gives you the power to use your device remotely even when it is not in your hands. For example you can remotely lock the device, erase all information and sound an alert or display messages. Lock the device remotely is a good feature especially handy in case the person who has your device is not ready to give it back or there is no chance of you getting your device back.

Get your MobileMe account from http://www.apple.com/mobileme, which comes with a trial period of 60 days.