Hulu Plays on Nintendo 3DS Game Systems, After Two-Year Delay

App on handheld game consoles takes advantage of dual-screen features

Hulu Plus is now available on Nintendo’s 3DS family of handheld game consoles — almost two years after the Japanese company originally said it would add support for the subscription VOD service.

Nintendo said in October 2011 that Hulu Plus would be available on 3DS as well as the Wii console by the end of the year. In February 2012, it added Hulu Plus to the Wii; the Internet TV service is also on the newer Wii U system.

Nintendo’s 3DS family of devices includes the 3DS, 3DS XL, and the recently introduced 2DS. The company had sold 32 million of the devices worldwide through June 2013.

The Hulu Plus app on the 3DS platform takes advantage of the dual-screen capabilities to let users watch video on the top screen with info and a scrolling tray of titles in the bottom screen. A centralized “menu” button on the bottom screen can switch among TV, movie, kids and other sections from any page of the app. (To stream Hulu Plus on the go, 3DS users must have a wireless broadband connection.)

The $7.99 monthly Hulu Plus, which has more than 4 million subscribers, provides multiscreen access and additional content unavailable on the free Hulu.com site. The SVOD service is supported on dozens of other devices, including PCs and Macs; Apple iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows 8 devices; Apple TV; Roku; Microsoft Xbox; Sony PlayStation 3; Google Chromecast; TiVo Premiere; and connected TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony, Samsung, Vizio, LG and Panasonic.

Separately, Hulu — jointly owned by Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal — is said to have selected a new CEO: Mike Hopkins, currently president of distribution for Fox Networks, according to reports last week. Hopkins would replace interim CEO Andy Forssell.

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