Hulu to Finally Allow Offline Viewing

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos with 5 Comments

Hulu to Finally Allow Offline Viewing

Hulu announced today that its subscribers will finally be able to download content from the service and watch it offline.

The announcement came via an advertiser pitch in New York today, so I’m using third-party sources to document the plans. But here’s how I understand this system will work.

Those on Hulu’s “no commercials” plan won’t see commercials in the downloaded offline content, of course. But those subscribers who pay less for a “with commercials” subscription will download commercials with the content. And they won’t be able to skip past them, of course.

“We will not only be live and on demand, but also untethered and on-the-go anytime, anywhere,” Hulu CEO Randy Freer said. “No Wi-Fi needed.”

So while Hulu is late to the offline game—both Netflix and Amazon have supported this functionality for years—it is the first to support downloads with advertising.

As for timing, offline viewing will happen “in the 2018-2019 season.” So probably late this year, I’d guess.

Hulu had other news to share at its advertising event.

The service now has over 20 million subscribers in the US, up from 17 million in January. And it is introducing a ton of new original series, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Ramy, and Castle Rock, among many others.


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5 responses to “Hulu to Finally Allow Offline Viewing”

  1. JC

    Only in America!!!

  2. gregsedwards

    I'm liking Hulu more and more. I recently moved my standalone HBO Now subscription to Hulu as an add-on, and I really like that I can still access the content using either app (I can choose Hulu as my provider when I log into HBO Now). In addition to on-demand content, I can also access the live streams. And since Hulu has profiles, my wife and kids can have their own show queues. IMO, other content creators, such as CBS, need to adopt this model. I don't really want to have to keep up with multiple apps for all my entertainment. It'd be nice if they could all just "plug-in" to Hulu as a unified platform.

  3. Daekar

    What is the title image for this article?

  4. mefree

    Until Hulu does at least DD 5.1 they will be a joke in my book. Netflix does ATMOS on their new original content and yet everything Hulu is stereo sound.

  5. Paulinafrica

    Just a pity that Hulu is not available in the rest of the World!

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