Hulu rolls out new Hulu Plus interface to PlayStation 3 users first

Hulu Plus has jacked up the Sony (NYSE: SNE) PlayStation 3 (PS3) experience with what a Hulu blogger calls "a new and improved Hulu Plus experience ... designed to help you get to the shows you watch faster than ever before."

According to a Hulu blog written by Daniel Bear, principal software development lead, "passionate engineers" within Hulu's Seattle office have been working for the past two years to design a new experience for PS3 users that includes "larger, more vivid artwork" and an "easier to navigate" experience.

"PlayStation 3 is the first living room platform we are rolling out the new Hulu Plus experience on," Bear wrote.

That new experience includes an updated search, the top 100 clips on Hulu Plus, movie trailers and a "Shows You Watch" feature that not only highlights popular content but also lets the viewer jump straight to the latest episode.

"The latest update also features simplified playback, with clean, intuitive controls," Bear wrote.

All of which should make it easier for PS3 users to tap into the new Martha Stewart Network shows that began airing on Hulu this week, according to other company news. The three new shows include Martha Stewart's Kitchen, Emeril's Table with Emeril Lagasse and DIY Crafts along with other special events programming from the network.

Martha Stewart herself is new to the online space, having moved to Google when the Hallmark Channel red-carded her shows earlier this year. She's expected to beef up her Internet presence to highlight products, content and guest stars such as Iron Chef Mario Batali and Conan O'Brien.

For more:
- read this Hulu blog
- and this story in DTVUSA Forum

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