Half of Netflix users connect via game consoles

It’s no secret that Web video is increasingly popular, but what are people watching, and how? Nielsen recently examined two of the more popular video-watching sites, Hulu and Netflix, and discovered a big difference in how and what its users were consuming.

When it comes to Netflix, many subscribers are taking advantage of the various Web-enabled devices that connect to the sevice. While 42 percent watch on their computer, others are connecting through the TV, especially via game consoles. Of the 12,000 people polled by Nielsen, 25 percent connected via the Nintendo Wii, 13 percent opted for the PlayStation 3, and 12 percent streamed through the Xbox. About 14 percent connect their computer to the TV.

About 11 percent had an Internet-connected Blu-ray player, while 6 percent had a Web-enabled TV. Fewer people opted for other connections, like the Roku Box (5 percent), a mobile phone (3 percent), the iPad (2 percent), Google TV (1 percent), and Apple TV (1 percent).

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PlayStation Plus not a requirement for Hulu Plus – Report

In the past few weeks, Hulu’s incorporation with the PlayStation 3 has traveled from a unconfirmed report to a done deal. Particulars have slowly scampered out from the recesses of the deal, but today, the streaming media giant confirmed that Hulu Plus will not require a subscription to PlayStation Plus to enjoy the smorgasbord of content.

Last week, Hulu’s Web site indicated that a subscription to the PlayStation Network’s new premium service would be required to access Hulu’s $10-a-month on-demand TV show streaming service through the PS3. However, gaming blog Joystiq is reporting that Hulu is sending e-mails to its Hulu Plus constituents saying “the PlayStation Plus service is only a requirement during the service’s preview period.”

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Sony PS3 3D Update Coming June 10

Ready, set, Sony’s 3D firmware update for the PlayStation 3 will go live in Japan next Monday, June 10, says Sony, with U.S. and other markets expected to follow shortly. The eagerly anticipated (and occasionally derided) eyeball-fakeout technology is finally set to invade home

According to Japanese news-watcher Andriasang, Sony will kick things off in the Land of the Rising Sun by adding 3D support to three downloadable games, including racer Wipeout HD, asteroid zapper Star Strike HD, and human-chucking catharsis engine Mr. Pain (the latter two are Japan-only titles at this time).

A fourth–international muscle-racer Motorstorm 2–will be available as an exclusive demo with the purchase of a 3D Sony Bravia TV.

We’ve heard nothing firm yet about U.S. release plans or launch titles, but with E3 just a few weeks away, those dates should be imminent.

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Author files copyright infringement lawsuit against NBC and ‘Heroes’

Jason Barnes, also known as Jazan Wild, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against NBC Universal, claiming Heroes had stolen plot details from his own graphic novels. Barnes, the author of three Carnival of Souls books — which follow a “traveling circus of damned souls that moves between this world and the next, between reality and dreams” — claims NBC infringed on his copyright during the fourth season of Heroes. According to the suit, “The first two episodes of Heroes…introduce a traveling carnival virtually identical to that in [Barnes]‘s original, copyrighted works. The settings and the storylines are virtually the same. The main character in both stories leads a carnival of lost souls and outcasts.”

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