Hulu announced this week that it is now offering 4K UHD content, which will initially be available on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4.
“We want to make sure viewers can watch their favorite shows and movies in the best possible quality,” Hulu’s Ben Smith writes. “4K Ultra HD gives content creators a more immersive canvas for their stories.”
Availability—both of content, and on supported devices—will be minimal at first, Hulu admits.
On the content side, Hulu doesn’t have the wide range of 4K UHD content currently offered on Netflix, not to mention the quality. (It can’t even match the hard-to-find level of lackluster 4K UHD content found on Amazon Prime Video.) But there are some bright spots, including the Hulu Originals mini-series 11.22.63, which is based on a Stephen King novel of the same name, and the entire James Bond movie collection.
Other Hulu Original shows, like Chance and The Path, are also available for 4K UHD streaming, and more original shows, including Shut Eye, which debuts December 7, are coming soon. Hulu also promises that its library of 4K UHD-compatible movies will grow over time as well.
As for device availability, those with Hulu apps on their 4K UHD televisions or 4K-capable Roku set-top boxes will need to wait: The service will stream in 4K UHD only on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for now. More devices will be supported “in 2017,” Hulu says.
Looks like it’s time for me to catch up on the James Bond series.
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