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Hulu Plus Comes to Xbox 360

Hulu Plus Comes to Xbox 360 (photo)

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One of the big changes about how modern-day video game consoles function is that they do a lot more than play games. The trend started with the first Playstation, which embraced the CD format and let owners play music through their TVs. Sony’s been at the forefront multimedia multifunction consoles ever since, with the PS2 helping popularize DVDs and PS3s serving as the first Blu-ray player many people owned. As things shift to streaming media, each manufacturer’s jockeyed to get partnerships in place to make their console seem more attractive. Microsoft grabbed the first big get with Netflix compatibility a few years back and since then it’s been all about exclusivity.

Sony scored the coup when they entered into an agreement that secured Hulu Plus for them, letting PS3 owners watch every episode from every season of every show they offer from the networks ABC, NBC, and FOX. Members can view older seasons of many television shows, aswell. Hulu Plus costs an additional $8 but it’s still attractive for those wanting to view missed episodes on something other than a computer. The exclusive’s up, though, and now Xbox 360 owners can access the service through their machines, too. Here’s what Microsoft has to say:

“We’re proud to deliver the best in entertainment content like no other device in the living room,” said Pete Thompson, General Manager, Xbox LIVE. “Hulu Plus is an important addition to support our continued effort to expand entertainment on Xbox LIVE. And by adding the magic of Kinect, we’re truly transforming the way people enjoy their favorite entertainment.”

So, yes, you can use Microsoft’s ultra-successful motion-sensing camera to control the Hulu experience. How does it work? The motion controls are too fiddly and imprecise to be of much use; you’re not going to be browsing through your queue “Minority Report”-style by just waving your hands. Still, the voice recognition makes it so that you can launch programs just by saying “play.” Right now, the selection leaves a lot to be desired, too, but content libraries on streaming services have a way of changing very rapidly. Final verdict: Hulu Plus won’t make your Xbox 360 a replacement for your cable box but it’s a convenient option for stuff you may miss when life gets in the way.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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