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If you’ve been looking at Hulu Plus for some time now, you might be wondering whether or not this upgrade is worth the extra cash. Right now, Hulu Plus is selling for $7.99 per month, which equals a little less than $100 per year. When you look at it that way, yearly, Hulu Plus isn’t a massive expense, but it is still an expense all the same. So, is forking over $100 of your hard-earned cash yearly worth it? Well, that all depends on how you look at it and what Hulu Plus has to offer.

Before I go into details, let me say that Hulu (and Hulu Plus) is only available in the United States at the moment. This means that you won’t be able to look at the streaming service (or many other services) if you live in Canada. Sorry, Canadian folks, this service doesn’t appear to be crossing the border anytime soon. Now that boundaries are out of the way, here’s what you will get if you decide to opt for Hulu Plus.

What You Get With Plus

The first thing you should consider about any streaming service is how you can access that service. Hulu Plus is presently available through the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Roku Streaming Player. Consoles aside, you can also access Plus through the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In addition, Plus can be gained by using Android phones and tablets and through the Nintendo 3DS. Of course, you can also stream shows through select Samsung, Sony, LG, Haier, and Vizio televisions. In case I’ve missed something, make sure to check out the Hulu Plus site prior to deciding that this streaming service won’t work with your television or console.

Since Hulu Plus is supposed to bring you more television options that the regular Hulu, you can expect to find around 900 (give or take a few) different television shows using this service. The main difference between Hulu and Hulu Plus is that all current episodes can be seen through the Plus service. You’ll also find thousands of movies while using Hulu Plus that aren’t available through a regular Hulu subscription. The best part about watching a movie on Hulu Plus (as compared to Hulu) is that many of these movies come without any kind of advertising or commercial annoyance.

Another big difference between the two services is that many Hulu Plus programs and movies are available in high definition. If you are used to watching things in high def, you know how important this distinction is. If not, you may not miss this quality when settling for a regular Hulu service. In the end, whether or not you sign up for Hulu Plus depends on how much you watch television shows, whether you want access to those shows at all times (including recent episodes), and whether Hulu delivers when it comes to recent movies. If you still can’t decide, Hulu is offering a one week trial of the Plus version that I strongly suggest you check out before committing to that $7.99/month membership.