Hulu is finally streaming in 4K again

Alonzo Simpson
July 14, 2019

First and foremost, the company has launched an interactive guide for its Live TV subscribers. At some time in 2016, Hulu released 4K content on its platform, but past year, the streamer removed all the 4K content from its platform.

There's another Hulu feature rolling out this week as well: 4K streaming is back on fifth-generation or later Apple TVs and Chromecast Ultra devices.

Hulu confirmed the return of 4K streaming via its Support channel on Twitter. After launching and removing 4K video from the service previous year, Hulu is now offering UHD content again. Support for additional devices will likely be added in the near future but for now, it's these devices or nothing at all. At the moment, it's only Hulu's original shows such as The Handmaid's Tale and Runaways, among others, that support 4K playback. Hulu's Live TV guide works just like any other interactive guide you've ever used, showing you the broadcast schedule for channels that are included in your subscription.

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According to Hulu, its 4K content streams at an average of 16Mbps, compared to 6Mbps for 1080p or 3Mbps for 720p.

There are pros and cons to all of the myriad streaming services now available, but of all the missing features of the most popular services, none are more baffling than the lack of 4K streaming on Hulu. This stands in stark contrast to Netflix and Amazon Prime, both of which offer 4K HDR video for their original content as well as some outside productions.

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