Hulu Stories April 29

Google has been cracking down on how Android apps handle payments, and that’s resulted in some big changes. Now, the Hulu app for Android has ditched the ability to make a new account or start a free trial within its app on phones and TVs.

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Hulu Stories March 11

Live TV services have been one of the best ways to keep up with news and sports channels in the age of streaming and expensive cable subscriptions, but each has its own set of pros and cons. A big advantage of YouTube TV has been its unlimited DVR, and now Hulu Live is picking up the same feature.

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Hulu Stories March 5

Disney+ had a big week with the reveal of upcoming new parental controls and an ad-supported tier coming later this year.

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Hulu Stories February 12

What’s on Google TV: Hulu will lose NBC shows this year, ‘Daredevil’ and others leaving Netflix

Google TV’s goal is to make it easy for you to find the content you want without worrying about what app it’s on. That strength may be put to the test in the coming months, as NBC is preparing to remove its content from Hulu and the Marvel shows, including “Daredevil,” are about to leave Netflix.

Hulu Stories December 27, 2021

[Update: False alarm] Hulu seemingly removes support for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung’s flagship foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold 3, is great for content consumption thanks to its larger display, but the phone seemingly just lost a big service. Some Galaxy Z Fold 3 owners are seeing that Hulu has apparently pulled support for the device.


Update: This appears to be a false alarm, caused by the One UI 4.0 beta and Android 12 builds on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Users still on Android 11 are unaffected. This is why Netflix is also listed as such on Samsung’s betas.

We offer our apologies for any confusion caused.


Hulu Stories March 28, 2021

The streaming market has greatly expanded over the past few years, with original content, 4K HDR, and huge content libraries as tentpoles of most platforms. Hulu is among the best offerings, but even in 2021, the Android TV app has been sorely lacking, limited to 720p for ages. Now, 1080p is expanding for some devices.

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Hulu Stories September 13, 2020

Hulu for Android TV gets enhanced voice controls for playback

Hulu’s history with Android TV is full of delayed updates, but recently the service has been getting better about that. In the past few days, a new version of Hulu for Android TV has been released which adds support for voice controls.

Hulu Stories August 4, 2020

Hulu has quickly become one of the best streaming services to pour your money into and, earlier this year, it announced a huge redesign that simplified its interface. Now, that update is rolling out to Android TV users.

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Hulu Stories December 18, 2019

Hulu has now added full voice control support for the Chromecast and any Google Smart Displays you may have including the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max.

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Hulu Stories November 15, 2019

Hulu Live TV jumps to $55/month making it more expensive than YouTube TV

Hulu has been a big player in the live TV streaming market for a while but this week subscribers are getting bad news. Hulu Live TV is getting a big price jump up to $55 a month.

Hulu Stories October 9, 2019

Hulu is strangely pulling support for some Android TV set-top boxes

Hulu has finally been paying attention to Android TV over the past couple of months with several updates, but there’s a negative side to that too. Recently, Hulu has been pulling support for its app from some Android TV models for reasons unclear.

Hulu Stories October 8, 2019

After Hours: Hulu goes offline, Tile’s new Bluetooth trackers, more

In the lead-up to Google’s big event next week, some of the day’s big stories included a new feature for Google’s smart displays and speakers and Samsung updates, but some other recent stories include Hulu finally adding downloads and more.

Hulu Stories October 4, 2019

Hulu will darken menus for better accessibility, coming to Android, TVs soon

Hulu’s big redesign just recently made its debut on Android TV and the company has been announcing more updates for its platform since. This week, the company has announced that the Hulu app for TVs and smartphones will be getting some darker elements and other accessibility improvements.

Hulu Stories September 30, 2019

The Hulu app for Android TV was just recently updated with a major redesign and now, another update is hitting the platform. The latest Hulu app for Android TV brings better support for certain remotes as well as a redesigned homescreen icon.

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Hulu Stories September 12, 2019

Google’s Daydream VR platform hasn’t been talked about in quite some time, and in this case, all news seems to be bad news. Today, it’s been confirmed that Hulu has ditched support for its Daydream VR app.

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Hulu Stories August 2, 2019

While Android TV has seen a ton of new apps and growth as a platform overall, it’s still often neglected. Today, Hulu is finally getting around to updating its Android TV app with the new interface and Live TV capabilities that launched on other platforms nearly two years ago.

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Hulu Stories July 12, 2019

Hulu is one of the biggest streaming platforms out there today, but it lacks the 4K content that its competitors in Netflix and Prime Video have in huge quantity. This week, Hulu quietly revealed that 4K streaming is back after it was previously removed, and it works on Chromecast and Apple TV.

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Hulu Stories April 11, 2018

Spotify & Hulu partner to offer money-saving bundle & 99 cent three-month trial

Spotify and Hulu teamed up last year to offer a discounted bundle to students, and they have now done it again for the rest of us – though with some caveats …

Hulu Stories November 15, 2017

Sprint and Hulu partner to give unlimited access to Hulu streaming service

Sprint announced today a partnership with Hulu to give customers unlimited access to Hulu’s Limited Commercial plan. This plan allows for both new and existing customers to stream all the movies and television shows straight to their mobile devices.

Hulu Stories October 13, 2017

Hulu for Android TV now works with Google Assistant voice commands

Android TV is a great platform, but it’s overlooked by many. Hulu’s Android TV app has always felt neglected to me, but it’s slowly getting better. Most recently, Hulu’s Android TV app has picked up the ability to work with Google Assistant for finding shows and movies.

Hulu Stories August 23, 2017

Hulu launches beta version of live TV for Chrome browser and more

Hulu is making its streaming live TV and on demand content available to users via its website today. Although the update brings the functionality to users now, the company notes the new feature will be an optional beta…

Hulu Stories August 17, 2017

Hulu for Android TV updated with improved watchlist and performance improvements

As much as I love Android TV, I’ll also be the first to admit that its apps don’t get the attention they deserve. One major culprit of that is Hulu, but today the streaming provider is taking a step in the right direction by updating its UI at little bit.

Hulu Stories July 25, 2017

Nielsen’s TV ratings now include YouTube TV and Hulu’s live service

Most of us watch TV in one form or another, but many people have been cutting the cord and diving headfirst into streaming services. Recently, YouTube and Hulu have debuted their own plans for streaming live TV channels, and starting today, one of the biggest names in television is starting to track those services.

Hulu Stories March 16, 2017

Hulu unveils new website for upcoming live TV service, shows off new UI, more [Video]

Last week Hulu signed A+E Networks for its upcoming live TV service that will be launching this spring and today it has updated its website promoting the upcoming service with new information and a promotional video. Notably, it shares a glimpse at a brand new UI and some of the upcoming features of the sub $40/month service.

Hulu Stories December 8, 2016

Hulu launches profiles to create personalized experiences for multiple users on a single account

Hulu has started the official roll out of profiles to their 12 million subscribers. Profiles will allow multiple viewers sharing a single Hulu account to create a personalized experience for each. The move to personalized profiles comes after their decision to move away from free TV episode offerings and focus on a subscription centric model.

Hulu Stories November 15, 2016

Hulu for Android updated with Daydream support, creating your VR living room

Daydream VR is finally here and for those who pre-ordered the Pixel early, promo codes for a free headset should be in their inboxes. Once you get a headset, the first thing you’ll want is some content to go along with it. There are plenty of apps already available with Daydream support, but now Hulu has updated its Android app with support.

Hulu Stories August 8, 2016

Hulu will no longer offer free TV episodes, moves to subscription-only model

After over 9 years, Hulu is making a major change to its services by shutting down free TV episodes and moving to subscription services only (via Variety). Current subscribers won’t be affected and prices won’t be changing as the same $7.99 and $11.99 plans will be available, however all free content will be moving over to “Yahoo View.”

Hulu Stories August 3, 2016

Time Warner takes 10% stake in Hulu, will be part of new live TV service

Time Warner has confirmed that it is buying a 10% stake in online TV service Hulu, after lengthy talks with the loss-making service, reports Variety. It has been reported that the stake is costing the company around $580M, valuing Hulu at $5.8B.

Hulu Stories July 20, 2015

YouTube_logo_2013.svg Google is pushing ahead with its plans to launch a paid YouTube service by the end of this year. So far, it’s signed up YouTube partners accounting for more than 90% of it views, but major TV networks are still holding out. Fox, NBC and CBS (among others) are still holding back according to Bloomberg’s sources.

Without support from TV networks, YouTube will have to attract paying subscribers with its own original content, or try and attract payers with nothing more than its home-grown stars and music videos. But that doesn’t mean the company is down-beat. There are many more options on its plate.

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Hulu Stories March 16, 2015

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The subscription-based video on demand market could see a significant shake-up this year as it was reported that YouTube has started to negotiate licensing deals for its own service to compete with services like Netflix and Hulu.

Variety quoted an unnamed YouTube partner as saying that the company not only wanted to discuss a licensing deal, but was extremely aggressive in its approach.

An exec at one YouTube partner says reps from the vidsite reached out late last year about an SVOD licensing deal. But the offer came with a warning: If the partner didn’t agree to the terms of the subscription service, it would be excluded from any future ad revenue — a tactic YouTube has used in dealing with independent music companies that refused to get onboard with Music Key.

This is the same approach YouTube was said to have taken to persuade independent music labels to sign-up for the company’s subscription music service …  expand full story

Hulu Stories December 11, 2014

Google and Hulu team up to offer free streaming to latest TV season on Android devices

A post on the official Android Google+ page today announced that Google and Hulu have partnered up “in the spirit of the season” to provide free streaming access to the current seasons of popular TV shows for customers in the US.

The free Hulu app typically requires a Hulu Plus account ($7.99/month) to stream anything on a mobile device. The Google+ post didn’t specify how long this offer will last, or if older episodes will also be included in the deal, but wording seems to indicate that it’s only available during the holiday season.

You can grab the Hulu app for free from Google Play.

Hulu Stories December 8, 2014

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YouTube style star Michelle Phan, whose videos have 3.6M views

Top YouTube video creators are being offered bonuses in return for multi-year exclusivity deals in which they guarantee to post content on YouTube first, reports the WSJ.

Facebook Inc. and video startup Vessel, among others, have tried to lure YouTube creators to their services in recent months, according to people familiar with the discussions.

In response, Google is offering some of its top video makers bonuses to sign multiyear deals in which they agree to post content exclusively on YouTube for a time before putting it on a rival service.

YouTube is reportedly particularly concerned about subscription video startup Vessel, founded by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar …  expand full story

Hulu Stories September 29, 2014

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When the Chromecast originally launched more than a year ago, early buyers were offered three free months of Netflix as a bonus. That offer quickly ran out, but various other deals have popped up since. Now, Google is giving anyone who buys a Chromecast from October 1st through the end of the year two free months of Hulu Plus.

Hulu Plus currently runs $7.99, meaning that you’re getting a $16 value with your Chromecast purchase. While Hulu may not have quite the selection of Netflix, that’s still a great offer when the Chromecast only costs $35 to begin with.

The offer will be redeemable through chromecast.com/offers during the set-up process for new Hulu Plus and Chromecast users beginning October 1st. Keep an eye on 9to5toys.com for the latest Chromecast deals, as well.

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Hulu Stories September 18, 2014

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YouTube announced this evening in a blog post that, once again, it plans to start funding original content. Two years ago, YouTube announced plans to spend more than $100 million to get content creators to create YouTube channels on which to share videos. With that plan, they focused on bringing in outside entertainers. With this new push, however, YouTube says it will focus on helping the self-funded and self-published stars on the site grow.

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Hulu Stories July 24, 2014

Chromecast 1st birthday

Happy birthday, Chromecast! That’s what Google is saying today as it announced the HDMI media streaming stick has been used to cast content 400 million times in the 12 months since it launched. The Chromecast, of course, allows you to stream content from services like Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora to your HDTV from your Android or iOS as well as your computer via the Chrome browser.

We’ve added hundreds of your favorite apps, including WatchESPN, Pandora, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and PBS Kids; announced new features like mirroring your Android device to the TV and expanded to 30,000 stores across 20 countries.

That’s certainly a lot of casting from the $35 accessory, and Google is giving all Chromecast users 90 days of its Google Play Music All Access service for free to celebrate. The offer to redeem 3 months of free access to the $9.99/month music subscription service will run from today, July 24th, through September 30th, for all existing Chromecast customers not already subscribed to All Access. expand full story

Hulu Stories July 8, 2014

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If you’re not familiar with Popcorn Time, it’s an app that allows you to stream movie and TV show torrents without any of the hassles usually associated with torrents – what you get is an interface which looks just like Netflix or Hulu. Thanks to a popular forked version, you’ll soon be able to watch that content on your TV when Chromecast support is added …  expand full story

Hulu Stories May 30, 2014

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Google is about to launch a new Android TV platform at its upcoming Google I/O conference in June, according to a new report from GigaOM. The report claims the new platform will be a revamped vision of what Google already has with its Google TV platform and will focus mainly on online content and Android gaming rather than integrating with existing pay TV services:

Android TV won’t be another device, but rather a platform that manufacturers of TVs and set-top boxes can use to bring streaming services to the television. In that way, it is similar to Google TV, the platform the company unveiled at its 2010 Google I/O conference. But while Google TV was focused on marrying existing pay TV services with apps, Android TV will at least initially be all about online media services and Android-based video games.

Google has apparently been making deals with partners in the lead up to launching the new platform, some of which are said to include Netflix and Hulu Plus as well as hardware partners that will build and sell the Android TV devices. The report also shared some details on the Android TV UI: expand full story

Hulu Stories April 9, 2014

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Amazon recently surprised us with its Fire TV set-top box, offering a native solution for customers to stream movies, music, and even play games. Fire TV will only set you back $99, and in my opinion, it’s just what Amazon needed. Instead of relying on third-party streaming solutions, Amazon now has the power to take its media services in a new direction. Take a look at our overview video above to see Fire TV in action.

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Hulu Stories April 5, 2014

For years now companies have been claiming to that they make the perfect set-top box, with Amazon being the most recent to do so with its FireTV. Notably missing from this arm’s race, however, has been Google. The company was one of the first to offer a set-top box OS with Google TV, but the idea quickly failed and was never widely adopted. Over the past year, reports have started to emerge claiming that Google is plaining a reentrance into the set-top box market with an Android-powered set-top box. The Verge has now published an extensive report on Android TV, with screenshots of the actual interface and much more.

The report, which cites internal Google documents, claims that the idea is far along in development with major app providers already building for the platform as we speak. While Google TV was also based off of Android, this new revision is entirely rebuilt and is something very different. “Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform,” writes Google. “It’s all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction.” It will be “cinematic, fun, fluid, and fast.”

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Hulu Stories February 9, 2014

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The Chromecast, Google’s streaming HDMI dongle came out last summer. It is compatible with any Android device running 2.3 or later, iOS devices with iOS 6 or 7, and any Mac or PC. Initially, users were able to stream Netflix or Youtube from an iOS device and Android device, Google Play on Android, or stream websites to a TV using the Chrome browser on a computer. The Chromecast works differently from Apple’s AirPlay system in that you can multitask and do other tasks on the device or you can let it go to sleep while streaming.

Very quickly after its release, Chromecast has received support for Hulu +, Pandora, and HBO GO. Last month a major update added ten new apps including Plex, Vevo, Songza, Red Bull TV, Post TV from the Washington Post, Viki, RealPlayer Cloud, Avia, Revision3 Internet Television, and BeyondPod. The most recent update the Chromecast received allowed users to stream Google Play movies and music directly from the Chrome browser on a computer.

In this How-to, we’ll discuss how to setup the Chromecast, use it with a Mac and Android device, and explore its gaming potentials.

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Hulu Stories February 7, 2014

Chromecast to go on sale in UK electrical chain Currys on or around 1st March

Google has announced that the UK will be the second market to get access to the Chromecast dongle when it goes on sale in the electrical chain store Currys on or around 1st March.

No price has yet been announced, nor is it yet known whether the device will go on sale in other retailers. Chromecast costs $35 in the US, suggesting a likely price of £25 in the UK (Britain rarely gets price parity with the U.S.).

In addition to streaming content from Chrome tabs, Chromecast support is now available in a wide range of apps, that include YouTube, Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Plex and many others. Google also just announced a Chromecast SDK, making it easier for developers to add support for additional apps.

Hulu Stories November 22, 2013

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We haven’t yet seen too many apps that can stream content to Chromecast dongles, but all that is likely to change over the next month or two as Google has scheduled a Chromecast ‘hackathon’ at its Mountain View HQ next month, reports Engadget.

Google has invited several developers including CyanogenMod / AirCast dev Koushik Dutta and Thomas Kjeldsen to a hackathon on December 7th and 8th in Mountain View. An opportunity to test drive the “upcoming release” of the Cast SDK is promised, plus an opportunity to talk with Google engineers about what it can do …  expand full story

Hulu Stories October 2, 2013

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Google has announced that Hulu has added Chromecast support to its Hulu Plus app, enabling online shows to be viewed on the big screen – something it promised back in July.

Now you can easily enjoy your favorite shows, such as “Modern Family,” “New Girl” and “Parks and Recreation,” on your big-screen TV by casting from Hulu Plus on your mobile phone or tablet. It’s the same intuitive, remote-free experience you’ve come to enjoy with the other Chromecast-supported apps, and is as simple as pressing the Cast button which will now appear in the app …  expand full story

Hulu Stories September 16, 2013

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The Sony TV device spotted in an FCC filing last month was briefly unveiled by Sony in a blog post that has since been deleted. Engadget spotted the post for the Sony Bravia Smart Stick before it was pulled.

It’s an MHL dongle that runs both Google TV and Sony’s own BRAVIA apps. The features are just like Google TV boxes Sony has released before, with a remote (that the FCC filings showed is at least similar to the previous ones) that has QWERTY and voice search support. Additionally, its “picture-and-picture” feature lets users see a browser in one window and TV in another …  expand full story

Hulu Stories July 31, 2013

Variety has the scoop:

“We are actively working with Google to bring Hulu Plus to the platform,” Hulu rep Meredith Kendall said. “At Hulu, we’re constantly innovating to provide our users with access to their favorite TV shows anytime, anywhere, on any device.”

What a stark contrast to when GoogleTV was released and Hulu blocked, yes BLOCKED, Google TVs from accessing Hulu content.  Yes, a few years makes a big difference and Hulu has since gotten comfortable on set top boxes, but I think the model where Google puts content owners in control has struck a chord with content distributors. They are 100% in control of what goes on Chromecast.

“Here’s how you put your content on a Chromecast. They are $35 and going to be everywhere. Do what you want” works.

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Hulu Stories August 10, 2012

Google experienced more copyright removal notices for URLs in the last month than it did for all of 2009.

The search engine processed more than 4.3 million URL removal requests in the last 30 days, and it plans to redirect this data as a signal for search rankings. The bevy of infringing Web content spurred Google to take into account valid copyright removal notices for websites to verify its search algorithms yield the highest quality results.

Google elaborated on its Inside Search blog

  • Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily—whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed fromSpotify.

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Hulu Stories April 26, 2012

Hacker “ReActiveDisorder” posted, well, a hack on the XDADevelopers forum recently that allows the Hulu Plus app to work with the Samsung Epic Touch 4G without a root.

“I have a Hulu membership and was angry cause our device wasnt “Compatible”. Talk about a total rip off. So I modded the apk to work with our device. It is 100% Fully functioning. I hope to contribute more later down the road. Maybe an ICS Rom ;-),” explained ReActiveDisorder on the forum.

Directions: 1. Download the Modded APK at http://db.tt/sq1AjQQu  2. Sideload APK—it installs like other non-market apps. 3. Sign into Hulu Plus (membership required).

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Hulu Stories March 29, 2012

[slideshow] Hulu Plus is now available on seven Android tablets with a new user interface.

The “Hulu Plus” app is available on Google Play with an improved experience for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Motorola XYBoard 10.1, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia, and LG G-Slate.

“This is just the beginning of our Android tablet rollout,” announced Hulu on its official blog.

Hulu is a flash-based service with ad-supported on-demand streaming video of television shows, movies, webisodes, and trailers from a variety of content suppliers, including NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, and Nickelodeon. Hulu Plus is the $7.99 monthly subscription variant that officially launched in 2010 and allots subscribers an expanded content library. Like the free version, Hulu’s videos showcase commercials.

Video is available below.

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