As soon as once more, you’ll be able to watch Hulu content material in wonderful 4K decision — type of. Whereas 4K content material is again on Disney’s streaming service (Disney took over Hulu in Could) after going lacking final yr, Hulu’s present collection of 4K programming is extraordinarily restricted, and you’ll solely watch it on a few gadgets.
As The Streamable reviews, 4K content material reappeared on Hulu this morning, however solely appears to incorporate Hulu unique sequence like The Handmaid’s Story, Catch-22, and Fort Rock. As well as, the one platforms that at present assist 4K streaming on Hulu are the Apple TV 4K and the Chromecast Extremely. For those who use some other gadgets to observe Hulu, you’re out of luck.
Even for those who do have an Apple TV or a Chromecast, you may discover that Hulu’s 4K streams don’t look fairly nearly as good as they do on different providers. That’s not a mistake. Proper now, Hulu solely assist Commonplace Dynamic Vary (SDR) streams, and never Excessive-Dynamic Vary (HDR) streams. In different phrases, even if in case you have an HDR-capable TV, the distinction received’t be as eye-popping and the colours received’t be as wealthy and vivid as you anticipate. It’s an odd omission and one we anticipate Disney will need to rectify prior to later.
Nonetheless, for Hulu subscribers, the reintroduction of 4K content material may very well be a superb signal of issues to come back. Hulu has been notoriously behind relating to 4K content material, lagging rivals like Netflix and Amazon Prime in a number of methods.
When 4K first arrived on Hulu in 2016, the supported applications had been fairly restricted. On the time, the one applications that you can watch in 4K had been some James Bond films and a handful of picks from Hulu’s unique programming line-up. The hardware choices left one thing to be desired, too, with 4K streams solely showing on the PlayStation four Professional and Xbox One S. Then, 4K programming was yanked unceremoniously.
As such, one thing is healthier than nothing for Hulu’s tens of millions of subscribers. Fortunately, for those who don’t have a Chromecast or Apple TV, or for those who’re not considering Hulu’s unique reveals, you’ll be able to nonetheless get pleasure from 4K streams on quite a lot of completely different streaming providers.
We hope Hulu will increase the variety of gadgets that assist 4K streams and add HDR capabilities quickly. It’s 2019. It’s about time.