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Enlarge / The Handmaid’s Tale, a Hulu unique sequence.

The lengthy, give-and-take saga of 4K streaming on Hulu continues with the addition of 4K streaming for supported Roku devices. Hulu additionally added 5.1 encompass sound capabilities on Roku.

The Disney-owned streaming platform up to date its user-facing assist pages with the data someday prior to now few days. Previously, solely 1080p streaming was doable with the Hulu app on Roku devices, regardless of many Roku devices’ {hardware} assist for 4K. Unfortunately, Hulu nonetheless doesn’t assist HDR.

It’s been a rocky street for 4K on Hulu. The service first supplied 4K streaming on choose titles for some devices in 2016, then eliminated assist in 2018. It was then re-added on some devices just like the Apple TV 4K, nevertheless it was not accessible on Roku sticks or containers.

The present listing of platforms on which Hulu can stream 4K video contains:

  • Apple TV (fifth technology or later)
  • Chromecast Ultra
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • LG TVs (2017-2018 UHD fashions)
  • Roku and Roku Stick (choose fashions)
  • Xbox One

Presently, the overwhelming majority of content material on Hulu is restricted to 1080p, nonetheless. 4K titles embrace Hulu Originals reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale. Hulu trails behind different providers like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney’s personal Disney+ in 4K and HDR assist, although it nonetheless affords barely higher HD bitrates than HBO Now, which doesn’t ship high-quality streams or assist 4K or HDR regardless of its pricing on the excessive finish for streaming providers. Unlike Netflix, Hulu doesn’t cost the next month-to-month price for entry to 4K streams.

As famous, Hulu has additionally expanded the listing of supported platforms for 5.1 encompass sound. This is the present listing:

  • Android TV (choose fashions)
  • Chromecast
  • Amazon Fire TV (third technology and Cube) and Fire TV Stick 4K
  • LG TV (WebOS 3.0 and above)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku and Roku Stick (choose fashions)
  • Samsung TV (choose fashions)
  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  • Xbox One

Disney lately introduced a streaming bundle that features Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+. However, it contains the ad-supported model of Hulu, not the ad-free one, and ESPN+ requires further addons from companions like MLB.television to entry sure programming.

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