As far as rumors go, Hulu’s subscription service has been a long time coming. Today they finally announced they are bringing streaming support to devices without Flash capability by paying a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 a month. Hulu Plus invites are required at the moment to preview the new service, and the app for iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone has just been approved by Apple.

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They will also be supporting for a range of TVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung, Sony, and Vizio. There are also plans for PS3 and 360 support, allowing Hulu to be streamed to the living room. All of this for only $9.99 a month, and sadly you will still get advertisements.

Hulu Plus is not a replacement for Hulu Plus is a new, revolutionary ad-supported subscription product that is incremental and complementary to the existing Hulu service. For almost all of the current broadcast shows on our service, Hulu Plus offers the full season. Every single episode of the current season will be available, not just a handful of trailing episodes. Now there’s never a bad time to jump in on a hot new show like Modern Family (which I recommend highly). From Family Guy to Glee, from The Office to 30 Rock, from Grey’s Anatomy to Desperate Housewives, from Parks & Recreation to Parenthood, from House to Saturday Night Live, and dozens of other hits, the best time to jump in on any series is any time, and with any episode, that’s right for you.

Interested in signing up? Just head on over the the Hulu Plus invite page to be one of the first with the opportunity to preview what they have to offer. Nobody knows when invites will be going out and unfortunately the preview still requires you to pay the subscription fee. How successful will this be for Hulu considering everyone is so used to it being free?

This could open the door for them to limit the content that is available for free. It would be a shame to see it become mostly useless unless you pay the fee. At least they are finally allowing people to stream to their TVs and portable devices. In my opinion that should have been there since day one. If the Hulu Plus invites prove to be successful it might show other companies like Apple that a subscription service can work.