Yesterday Hulu emailed its subscribers a new video showing off its new Hulu app that is coming this spring. The video gave us a look at what devices will be supported by the new Hulu live TV service coming sometime soon.
According to the video the new Hulu app will come to Apple TV*, iOS, Android, Chromecast, and XBOX ONE this spring and will be coming soon to Fire TV, Roku, PlayStation, laptops, and computers. (*Only available on 4th generation Apple TV.)
Cord Cutters News talked with Hulu and confirmed that Apple TV 4th generation, iOS, Android phones/tablets, Chromecast, and XBOX ONE will be the devices supported at launch and Fire TV, Roku, PlayStation, laptops, and computers will be supported soon. (No word on when a standalone Android TV app will come; however, you will be able to use the Chromecast feature at launch on Android TV.)
What does coming soon mean? Your guess is as good as mine, but Hulu has been consistent in the past at quickly rolling out new apps across all devices.
So why is the new Hulu app not coming to all devices at the same time? The issue is likely time and staffing. Not only do you need to program for each device, you also have to test for each device. That can be a fairly time consuming process and not something you want to rush with a new service.
Recently it was reported that Hulu’s new live TV service will go live sometime in May—likely before mid-May. Hulu’s informing its subscribers that a new app is coming soon likely points to the new live TV service following shortly behind. All the promotional material for the new live TV service has been shown using the new Hulu app.
All of this put together makes it sound like Hulu is getting ever closer to launching its new live TV streaming service.
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