Hulu Gets New Updates

Updates  For Hulu

Hulu gets new Updates.  The new Hulu experience and its live beta service has been launched.  “We are learning so much about what viewers love.  And we are extremely proud of what we have shipped to our viewers”, said VP Product Richard Irving.

But wait, there is more.  The company will be adding more features, updates, and improvements over the next few weeks or month.

Hulu’s Response To Viewers’ Feedback

According to the company, they are laser focused on the feedback they are getting from viewers in various forums, app store reviews, and social media.  To continually improve stability and performance, they will be releasing a number of feature updates to the app in the next few weeks.  This will make navigation easier, and give you more granular control over your viewing progress.

Top Requests From Viewers

Here are some of the top requests the company has received in the past weeks:

Viewing Progress: They will let you know if you have a new episode to view, and will let you know what to do.  So you will be able to watch shows you have missed.  This is available on all platforms that currently support the new Hulu experience.

New Episode Badging:  New content is appearing on Hulu everyday now that it has offered  Live TV.  They have added specific badging to new content so you will know when something new is available for you to watch.

Disable Autoplay:  Autoplay is a feature that automatically plays a new show after the one you are watching ends.  This is very convenient for viewers as it will allow you to watch shows on Hulu without having to click “play”.

Chromecast Button: The “Cast” button has been moved higher in the navigation so it is easier to find.

Additional Updates

Additional updates include bug and crash fixes, as well as stability and performance improvements.

With all these new features on Hulu, their viewers’ viewing experience will be more enjoyable.






Get Both Spotify and Hulu Subscription for Just $12.99 A Month

Users can now save $5 with Spotify and Hulu’s $12.99 entertainment bundle.

(Credit: TechCrunch)

Spotify and Hulu teamed up last September to offer a discounted bundle for students. Now, the two companies are expanding their partnership to offer a similar bundle to all consumers.

The plan is for $12.99 per month for a Spotify Premium and a video-on-demand Hulu Limited Commercials plan. For existing Spotify Premium users, they can do a three-month trial of Hulu for an extra $0.99 before deciding to make a full switch to the bundle.

(Source: Spotify)

On their own, Spotify Premium costs $9.99 month while a Hulu subscription costs $7.99 per month. Getting the bundle would save you $4.99 every month which is a very good deal. Spotify is handling the billing for both.

With the bundle, Spotify Premium users get access to on-demand music and personalised playlists. Additionally, they will have access to over 75,000 TV shows on Hulu’s on-demand video library.

This is a very good move for Spotify since Apple is reportedly planning to introduce a TV subscription service with their Apple Music.

Initially, only current Spotify Premium users in the US can avail of this deal. However, both companies say that everyone will be able to sign up for the deal later this summer.

Streaming video service Hulu to air first original drama

Hulu is going one step further after the company revealed that they are going to show their first scripted original show next month.

The political drama entitled “Battleground” is produced by Hagai Shaham, Marc Webb and JD Walsh. It’s their second after releasing the documentary by Morgan Spurlock entitled “A Day In The Life.”

Hulu is known to show programs from their mother companies like Walt Disney, NBC Universal and others.

Hulu’s programming executive Andy Forsell said that their first documentary (A Day In The Life) has been a huge success but declined to reveal final figures.

“A Day In The Life” is going to be followed by a six episode documentary called “Up To Speed” by Richard Linklater.

The show will be available for free at Hulu’s free web service. According to Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar, “at scale, our model allows us to profitably pay content owners approximately 50 percent more in content licensing fees per subscriber when compared to other similarly priced online subscription services.”

Hulu’s rival Netflix has secured the rights to the series “House of Cards”. It is a political thriller that stars Kevin Spacey.

It seems like the battle of online video service is heating up.

Major Xbox upgrade brings more content

As reported yesterday, Xbox has something new to bring to their patrons.

A few days after Microsoft and Verizon announced that FiOS channels are coming to Xbox 360, the software magnate is going to release more applications for Xbox owners to view TV online with the use of the 360.

December 6 marks the start of the ability for Xbox owners to stream their favorite channels via Xbox Live. Xbox Live subscribers in the U.S. can now view EPIX, ESPN, Hulu Plus and the Today Show on MSNBC.

Different contents will be available to users based on their location. For instance, Germany-based fans can now watch Sky Go while Japanese subscribers will get Hulu. UK patrons will have LOVEFiL and those from Italy can watch Premium Play. Xbox users from Spain will get Telefonica Espana and Netflix, will also be available in Canada apart from their U.S. counterparts.

Sources have said that apart from this pioneering channels, a lot more will debut later this month. This includes iHeartRadio, Sony Pictures’ Crackle, more programs from MSNBC and Vudu movie rental service. Youtube will also be available and is accessible in 24 countries.

Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft said that, “a new era in entertainment begins where all your entertainment is together in one place: your games, movies, TV shows, music and sports.”

“With this update, Xbox 360 system owners will experience Kinect voice control integrated with Bing search, making your TV and entertainment experiences more social and personal than ever,” he adds.

More reasons to shift from one console to another I guess. What do you think?

Facebook: Third most popular video site

Credit: Nielsen

Yup, you got that right. Facebook doesn’t only reign in the social networking arena, it’s also staking a claim in being among the top video sites in the world.

The result was according to Nielsen’s Video Census released today which looked at the number of video views for the month of October. YouTube topped the chart with 6.6 billion streams and Hulu came in second with 632 million. Facebook came in the 3rd place with 217 million streams, beating out Bing, Yahoo, Fox, ESPN and other sites.

“During the past year, online video viewing has become central to the Web experience,” Jon Gibs, Nielsen’s Vice President of Media Analytics, said in a statement. “In conjunction with this increase, we are seeing remarkable growth in video viewing on social networking sites and it is only natural that these two trends would converge in consumers’ minds, making sites like Facebook and, increasingly important distribution points for both consumer and professionally generated video.”

In September of this year, Facebook only ranked tenth among the most number of video streams.

“Social networking sites are evolving from a venue for catching up with friends to a platform for personal expression, allowing consumers to share their experiences in the full variety of content formats available online,” Gibs said.


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