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Sep 2, 2020 — 4 min read

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Hulu is an online video streaming service that provides viewers with an on-demand content library as well as the option of watching live TV channels online. This article will review Hulu on-demand and the Hulu + Live TV offering with a focus on how subscribers can access the various Hulu services.

The Hulu streaming service first launched back in 2008 with a few dozen TV shows, but it has grown into the world’s third-largest streaming service with more than 82 million subscribers. Its on-demand library enables viewers to stream thousands of movies and provides an impressive library of hit TV series. While its live TV streaming service, Hulu + Live TV, gives subscribers a choice of more than 60 channels, in addition to access to the on-demand library.

Hulu’s range of TV shows has always been a strong point, with an Allconnect® rating of 8.6 out of 10 for the selection it provides. However, its original programming isn’t quite as strong, especially in comparison to competitors like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, with an Allconnect rating of 6.2 out of 10. And its movie selection certainly lags behind that of its competitors, with an Allconnect movie score of 2.1 out of 10. A key advantage of Hulu is that it enables subscribers to watch shows from ABC, FOX and NBC the day after they premiere live, which none of its competitors in the streaming space can compete with.

Hulu also provides a wide range of features and premium add-ons. This includes Hulu DVR, which enables users to record up to 50 hours of content to watch at a later date. It also provides Enhanced Cloud DVR, which enables users to upgrade to 200 hours of recorded content. Other options include additional content options such as Cinemax ($9.99/mo.), the Entertainment Add-On ($7.99/mo.), HBO Max ($14.99/mo.), SHOWTIME ($10.99/mo.) and Starz ($9.99/mo.) These premium content add-ons are billed on top of users’ monthly subscription, and all come with seven-day free trials. 

Hulu gives its customers the freedom to try out different plans and add additional features to their subscription. Its on-demand service comes with a one-month free trial, and Hulu + Live TV has a seven-day free trial.

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What devices does Hulu support?

Hulu is available on any device that supports the service’s range of apps and can be watched via web browsers. Devices compatible with Hulu include gaming consoles, laptops and PCs, mobile phones, streaming devices and more.

This means that subscribers can enjoy Hulu Apple TV access, Hulu Roku services, Hulu Firestick entertainment, and Hulu Chromecast access. The full list of devices that Hulu supports are:    

  • Android phones and tablets
  • Android TV (select models)
  • Amazon Echo Show
  • Amazon Fire Tablets
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • Apple iPhones and iPads
  • Apple TV (4th generation or later)
  • Google Chromecast
  • LG TV (select models)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
  • Samsung TV (select models)
  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  • Windows 10
  • Web browsers for Mac and PC
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One

The streaming marketplace is growing rapidly, which means the number of competitors to services like Hulu and Hulu + Live TV continues to increase. It is, therefore, vital for streaming services to provide high-quality services, content that engages new customers and features that ensure they stand out from their competitors.

Most streaming services are now widely available across any device that enables viewers to watch content online. The main exception is that Disney Plus is not compatible with Nintendo Switch devices. 

Hulu classic app vs. latest Hulu app

Hulu subscribers can stream at any time and from anywhere, be it from the comfort of their home or on-the-go using a device that supports the Hulu app. The content and features available to them will depend on the plan they sign up for and the version of the Hulu app supported by their device.

Hulu classic app

The Hulu classic app enables access to the Hulu streaming library and is available on the devices listed below. These devices will not provide access to Hulu + Live TV, do not support Premium add-ons or the latest Hulu features.

The Hulu classic app supports the following devices:

  • Apple TV 2nd & 3rd generation
  • LG TVs and Blu-ray players (select models)
  • Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
  • Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players (select models)
  • Sony TVs and Blu-ray players (select models)
  • TiVo
  • VIZIO TVs (select models)

Latest Hulu app

The service’s latest app enables subscribers to access all of its content, including the ad-supported and ad-free versions of both its on-demand content library and Hulu + Live TV. It also unlocks all of the service’s features, such as Hulu DVR and premium content add-ons.

The devices supported by the latest Hulu app are:

  • Android phones and tablets
  • Android TV (select models)
  • Apple TV 4th generation or later
  • Chromecast
  • Echo Show
  • Fire Tablets
  • Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • iPhones and iPads
  • LG TV (select models)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Mac and PC browsers/apps
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
  • Samsung TV (select models)
  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • Xfinity Flex Streaming TV Box
  • Xfinity X1 TV Boxes

It is worth noting that PlayStation 3 and Xfinity devices include access to the Hulu streaming library and some add-ons but do not support live programming.

By Rob Latham

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