Hulu is an American video streaming service owned by Walt Disney Company (at least most of it). The service has been with us for over 13 years. And the service has managed to gain a wider userbase over the years. But one complaint most (or all) users who own an Android TV was that Hulu only offered 720p streaming. This can be considered a downgrade in these times. Well, it seems they’re trying to catch up. Hulu’s Android TV app finally bumps from 720p to 1080p.
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The maximum resolution on the “App & Device Info” page on Hulu’s Android TV app has consistently remained at 720p. This has now been jumped to 1080p, and yes, it took them all these years. However, all Android TVs are not getting 1080p playback for Hulu. We can confirm the same on selected Nvidia Shield TV set-top boxes and Sony Bravia TVs. This came in as an update on March 23. Nvidia Shield TV users might haven’t noticed the change, as they have the advantage of upscaling, which does a great job doing what they claim.
Previously, Android TV, among several streaming platforms, lacked support for higher resolution video on Hulu. In February, a Hulu support page said that 1080p60fps was limited to newer devices. This included the 4th gen or later Apple TV devices, Chromecast, Fire TV sticks, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and selected Samsung TVs. Moreover, the 4K content offered by the service was also limited to a similar number of devices, including the 5th gen Apple TV, LG TVs, Roku, Chromecast Ultra, Fire TV sticks, Vizio TVs, and modern Xbox consoles.
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No one knows why FHD or 4K streaming is supported by Hulu on these older devices. There is no doubt that these devices can handle with ease. They should be a little more cautious, at least from now on, as more and more users are switching to subscription-based video streaming services.