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Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Nintendo Co. is adding features to its 3DS handheld device including the ability to record 3-D video and access to Hulu Plus to compete with Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3.
3DS and Wii console owners will be able to view television shows and movies through Hulu Plus by the end of the year, the Kyoto, Japan-based company said in a statement today.
Nintendo currently offers Netflix Inc. subscribers the option to stream movies and TV episodes on the 3DS and Wii. Adding Hulu Plus is another step for gaming manufacturers to challenge cable and satellite-TV providers with video content. Sony began offering Hulu Plus to PlayStation 3 customers last year, and Xbox 360 users have had access to Hulu Plus since April.
Users will be able to stream thousands of TV episodes on Hulu Plus for a subscription fee of $7.99 per month. A system update at the end of November will allow 3DS users to record up to 10 minutes of 3-D video and create 3-D animation videos, according to the statement.
Hulu LLC is owned by News Corp., Walt Disney Co., Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal and Providence Equity Partners.
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