Hulu Plus review (Android)
As one of the first names in on-demand video, Hulu offers viewers access to current and historical television shows and select movies. And, as one of the first services to launch a Chromecast application, it’s among the best examples of how to smarten up your existing television.
The Android application works very well on its own, delivering a whole host of videos. In addition to the latest episodes of TV you’ll find movie trailers, TV clips, original content, and more. There’s an arms race, of sorts, between content providers like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and others. This only benefits customers as competition heats up and companies jockey for your money. Speaking of which, Hulu costs $7.99 per month or $95.88 per year.
Watching shows and movies on a 5-inch screen is okay, but we’re concerned with how it looks on your Chromecast-connected TV. Finding and connecting to your HDMI dongle is a breeze as there’s an icon at the top of pretty much every screen within the app.
Tapping the familiar symbol brings up the various Chromecasts in your home or office. Pick the one you’re interested in viewing and away you go. Likewise, it’s just as easy to switch back to your phone or tablet.
One of the best parts about the app is that you’re not required to keep the app running on your screen. If you’re the type to multi-task and read emails, update social media, or play games while TV then you’ll be happy to know that the Chromecast experience does not hinder you.
The Hulu app is polished and looks very modern on today’s Android devices. It’s not exactly the Material Design stuff that’s become popular over the last year but that matters little. Once logged in you’ll find it very intuitive to add content to your queue or play immediately.