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Everything you need to know about Hulu in 4K

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Aug 28, 2020 — 5 min read

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Hulu 4k review summary

  • Hulu content is available in up to 4K video resolution
  • Hulu 4K viewing is currently reserved to the service’s original content
  • 4K content can be watched by Hulu and Hulu + Live TV subscribers

Hulu 4K pricing

Hulu provides two distinct streaming services, the on-demand Hulu streaming service and live TV offering Hulu + Live TV. Both services offer ad-supported and ad-free versions that come with different price points. The ad-supported on-demand Hulu service costs $5.99/mo., and the ad-free version costs $11.99/mo. Hulu + Live TV’s ad-supported offering costs $54.99/mo., and the ad-free version is $60.99/mo.

The 4K Hulu content the service has is available across all of its streaming services. However, this is only available on a limited amount of content as the highest quality video resolution is reserved for original Hulu shows. All Hulu streaming services also provide two simultaneous streams per account, but content downloads are only available through the ad-free offerings. Our Hulu and Hulu + Live TV reviews have more information about each plan. 

User experience and navigation

Content

The Hulu content library is home to 1,181 movies and 1,367 TV shows at the time of writing. There is a diverse range of movies available to choose from on Hulu, including Batman Begins, Creed II, Detroit, Goodfellas, Parasite, The Conjuring and The Interview.

Hulu’s TV library is one of its strongest appeals, with an Allconnect rating of 8.6 out of 10 for its selection of TV shows. Popular TV series available on the service include Arrested Development, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Homeland, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Prison Break and The Simpsons. It’s also home to classic shows like Frasier, Lost, Scrubs and The X-Files, as well as great British TV like Line of Duty, Luther, The Office and Spaced.

Hulu 4K Channels 

Hulu + Live TV provides a comprehensive lineup of live channels, which includes entertainment, lifestyle, news and sports options. However, Hulu’s live channels cannot be watched in 4K video resolution. Hulu + Live TV customers do also get access to the service’s on-demand content, which enables them to watch the 4K ready shows available.

Hulu 4K content 

There are no movies available in 4K on Hulu. Instead, 4K content on Hulu is limited to the service’s own original content. This is an area that is a little hit-and-miss but undoubtedly competitive, with an Allconnect score of 6.2 out of 10.

The best shows that Hulu subscribers can watch in 4K include George Clooney starring in Catch-22, and Sean Penn starring as an astronaut on the first team to travel to Mars in The First and gritty dystopian series The Handmaid’s Tale. Other shows available in 4K resolution include psychological horror series based on Stephen King novels in Castle Rock, period drama Harlots and Marvel superhero series Runaways.

Hulu 4K Other Features

Hulu in 4K can be watched on any device or TV that supports 4K video resolution. This includes 4K ready TV sets, such as Android TV and Roku-powered smart TVs from brands like Hitachi, Sharp and TCL. Other 4K capable options available include streaming devices like Amazon Fire Sticks, Apple TV, Nvidia Shield and several Roku devices. These must be paired with a 4K ready TV in order to watch Hulu content in the optimal video quality. 

Hulu makes it easy for viewers to discover the programs they want to watch, with a search bar at the top of the page that enables users to discover their favorite actors, movies and shows. Browsing content is also simple through the Browse option, which is home to a drop-down menu that presents viewers with Hulu originals, movies, networks, TV shows and kids’ content. It also enables users to browse by genre, such as action, drama, reality romance and thrillers.

Each show or movie has its own details page, which includes information like featured actors, genre, the number of episodes in a series and recommendations for other similar content. Users can also save titles to watch at a later date with the My Stuff feature.

Hulu does enable users to download content to watch offline on a supported mobile device. However, this option is only available to users that sign up for the ad-free versions of both the on-demand service and Hulu + Live TV.

Hulu in 4K FAQs

Do you have to pay extra for 4K on Hulu?

No, Hulu subscribers do not have to pay extra for 4K content. All 4K content is included within the various Hulu monthly subscription options.

What is the top Hulu 4K content?

Hulu’s 4K content is limited to the service’s own original programming. This includes the Emmy award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as Castle Rock, Catch-22, The First, Harlots and Runaways.

What Hulu 4K devices do I need?

To watch content in 4K resolution, viewers need a 4K ready TV set. Users with a smart TV can download the Hulu app and watch 4K content directly on their TV. Those who do not will need a streaming device that enables 4K content, such as a streaming set-top box or stick.

Is Hulu 4K content available on Roku?

Yes, Hulu subscribers can watch Hulu content in 4K on Roku devices that are compatible with the video resolution — these include, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Smart Soundbar, Roku Streaming Stick+ and Roku Ultra. Roku TV devices, which are manufactured by the likes of HiSense, Sharp and TCL, also enable viewers to watch Hulu 4K content directly on their TV set.

Can I watch Hulu offline?

Yes, Hulu does enable viewers to download content to watch offline on their mobile devices. However, this option is only available on the ad-free versions of Hulu and Hulu + Live TV.

The bottom line

Hulu enables viewers to watch content in up to 4K video resolution. This is currently reserved for the service’s growing collection of original TV series. However, the amount of 4K content available on Hulu is limited in comparison to other streaming services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. This could change now that Disney owns Hulu and may introduce more shows and some movies in 4K resolution, but, for now, 4K Hulu content options are limited.

By Rob Latham

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