There is a great news for Hulu Plus subscribers living in the US, since the popular video subscription service now offers more than 150 titles from the culturally priceless Criterion films which have been painstakingly but pristinely restored. The next few months will see Hulu giving out everything there is to offer from the Criterion library which has gotten fans drooling in awe. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Criterion collection, these are an ever increasing set of films loved worldwide, both old and new, which have been restored to the best possible quality and presented with many complementary extras. The DVDs for these priceless classics come at a price tag which makes them only a subject for window shopping for most; however these immortal works by the likes of Kurosawa, Hitchcock and Linklater can now be accessed for an unbelievable $8 a month.
The supplementary extras are also on the verge of being released on Hulu. This move could possibly see the return of Hulu to the global techno-spotlight and it might just prove to be their lifesaver. A year ago, Hulu was at its prime, dishing out episodes of popular shows and the future looked bright for this video rental service. But then it seemed to hit its tipping point and has since been declining in popularity quite sharply. Some of the favorite rentals have been taken off the shelves and people have started deeming the subscription as too costly and not at par with other market offerings. All this while others such as Netflix have been silently expanding their customer base by providing better services and poaching customers from the large Hulu fan base. This deal marks a small but significant turnaround for the company which desperately needs to increase its offerings in order to remain competitive in the industry.