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Hulu Plus Adds Chromecast Support to Its Android App

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Late last night, Chromecast cast added another mega-streaming service to their minuscule lineup that up until today, had not changed since launch. Hulu Plus is now officially Chromecast-supported on Android (iOS version coming soon). The update is already live through Google Play, so if you are a Hulu Plus subscriber, you’ll want to grab the newest build and begin casting. If you aren’t a subscriber, Hulu will give you a free trial to help you decide if $7.99 per month with “limited advertising” is worth it.

The cast button should show up automatically at the top of the application (on both phones and tablets) if you have Chromecasts setup in your house.

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Via:  Google Blog

  • Andy

    I can’t get my chromecast to connect to my wifi.

  • Rbq

    Let’s see the sports apps get support, NBA League Pass, NHL GameCenter, etc.

    • tony

      NHL has been looking at Chromecast for future support. Probably not this season though.

  • Cliff Keene

    OK folks before you drink the Hu-laid….Just do this, have a laptop? and chrome cast? Hulu Issue fixed. Dont have laptop, well it gets semi-complicated, sling your computer to your tablet/phone through splashtop or something and Issue SOLVED…..Hulu pluhhhhh!

  • edmicman

    Can you watch “normal” Hulu programs through this, too, if you don’t have a subscription? Or isn’t that how it works?

  • phxman75

    Wonder if Amazon will ever decide to get with the program and make an Android app. That plus chromecast would be awesome

    • starnovsky

      Amazon would rather build it’s own hardware.

      • phxman75

        That’s my general theory. Only thing that ruins it is their Fruity apps.

    • umbrellacorp

      Million dollar idea, right here.

  • starnovsky

    Hulu is just like cable TV – you pay AND you forced to watch ads. All of that with content library smaller than Netflix. Awesome.

    • Jon

      I don’t get all the Hulu Plus hate. For so much less than cable, with far fewer commercials, I’ve been able to live without an antenna or cable for years while still being able to watch recent tv shows the day after they come out. (I have Netflix for movies and older tv). I’m not sure what you expect…

      • Jon

        The Daily Show and Colbert Report make Hulu well worth it for me. Modern Family, The Mindy Project, a few British shows like Pramm Face…plenty of stuff to watch on there.

        • CAC1031

          The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are free to watch on their websites. I even get them in a foreign country–Comedy Central doesn’t block its content like other networks.

          • Jon

            Yeah but I like to watch TV…well on my TV. I also like to have back episodes of seasons as being chained down to a watch a show each week before the content is pulled is so early 2000s.

      • starnovsky

        I guess I was spoiled by Netflix…

  • jaredgreenwald

    VUDU or GTFO!

  • carluverdrm2004

    “Hulu Plus is now officially Chromecast-supported on Android (iOS version coming soon).” The best sentence I’ve heard so far today!

  • Armus

    About time someone did what they said they would – next time don’t make us wait so long.

  • Nw_adventure

    Very little content with a TON of ad’s- No thanks !

  • JohnBergman

    This reminds me, I need to cancel my Hulu subscription.

  • Larry Bublitz

    Cool. I told them I’d sign up after they added Chromecast support to the app, so I’d better do it now. Very glad they added it, and let’s get some more! (HBO, Showtime etc).

  • Zach K

    AWESOME! Too bad Hulu plus is a waste of money! Worst paid-streaming service out there.

  • Angelo Davis

    this news makes me so happy I know everybody hates paying $7 and still up watching commercialsbut this + Netflix still beats cable. Now Aereo needs to come to Android and immediately support Chromecast.

    also I’ve been using it for a couple of minutes and it seems to work a better than Netflix and YouTube.

    • Indianajonze

      how so?

      • Angelo Davis

        $16 a month for Netflix and Hulu < A basic TV package from Comcast

        heck you could add Amazon Prime and aereo and you would still be paying less. You could add a $22 HD season pass for the walking dead this October I would still be paying less money(mostly because AMC is on a higher subscription tear where I live)

        • Indianajonze

          no sorry, i get that part. i meant how does it work better than the netflix and youtube chromecast?

          • Angelo Davis

            Oh, play and pause seem to respond a lot faster.

  • umbrellacorp

    Hasn’t it had it for a while? I’m pretty sure I’ve used it several times since getting my chromecast. I might be remembering it wrong as I use it for the Google Play apps and with Netflix.

    • Mitchman

      You are remembering wrong, just saw the update today. NBD.

  • Pratik Holla

    Really just waiting on plex and pocket casts. Then I am all set. I don’t get why Google is taking so long to allow developers to make chromecast integration

    • d-rock

      Because they want to get the major deals done first, like Netflix, Hulu+, HBO GO, Networks, etc. If they just open it to whatever, people will find ways to exploit it and use it for ‘less legal’ content sharing and will drive the major content providers away.

      • Adrynalyne

        They want to get their public APIs and SDK done first. These content providers are not using public APIs.

        Google doesn’t finish things quickly. Android Studio is still a 0.2 preview release.

  • Adrynalyne

    Its a shame Hulus Plus content blows.

    I couldn’t stomach more than a couple hours of the free trial.

    • umbrellacorp

      Project Runway and Face-Off, broooooooooooooz!

    • Gato Mafioso

      got two month free trial and rarely used it. total crap

      • Mitchman

        You need to use the trial during end of Sept / early Oct when all the TV shows start up a new season – then you get the current content a day after it airs. June through end of Sept you cancel Hulu Plus – because there is nothing good on TV over summer.

        • Diablo81588

          Uh.. Breaking bad?? Too bad it’s over now 🙁

          • Mitchman

            Breaking Bad is not on Hulu-Plus 🙁

          • Diablo81588

            Ah your right. For some reason I was thinking of Netflix.

  • coolsilver

    That’s nice. When are they removing the ads so I may pay for it again

    • Brady Wassam

      Right after DirecTV starts giving ads to their customers who pay $50+ a month!

  • Legobricke

    Works great from my Rezound and Nexus 7! Finally something else new for the Chromecast! I hope this indicates a positive sign of more to come… Still need VuDu / HBO / Showtime / ESPN / ABC / NBC / CBS / FOX / MLB / NFL

    • Guest

      I would be happy with just Plex.

      • Nathaniel Webb

        This, times infinity.

    • Reginald Jefferson

      It would be great if those networks got on board.

    • Raven

      I am definitely waiting for VuDu or Flixter to add Chromecast support as I already have almost 50 Ultraviolet movies that I can watch through them on my tablet.

    • sk102704

      If I could get MLB and NFL on my Chromecast, I’d ditch cable in a seccond!

  • pubasnacks77

    “Limited advertising” = the same damn ads over and over again until I want to shoot myself

    • umbrellacorp

      Your ads will now be firearms-based.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Yeah F Hulu. Amazon Prime and Netflix is so much. Especially now that Netflix is ztreaming Blu Ray quality now.

      • John Hillers

        I have a Prime account but when I go to stream show I have to pay. Am I missing something? Is the Prime membership just to be able to stream and then you have to pay again for the shows/movies?

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          It doesnt work for free accounts. You have to pay for the year membership etc.

          • Curtis

            StuckonVerizon is right: When you login to Amazon now you should see a new drop down menu where you are used to seeing “Your Account”, called “Your Prime.” Drop that menu down and it will tell you what your prime membership is capable of (e.g. Student, Mom, or Full paid membership).

        • Reginald Jefferson

          Prime membership makes some videos free to stream as part of the membership but not all. Some shows, especially the premium ones like BrBa or Game of Thrones you still have to pay.

          • John Hillers

            Thanks for your help. I guess the free shipping is the biggest selling point. It sucks cause I wanted to watch ER and they want $24 a season. That is nuts.

      • Diablo81588

        Netflix is not bluray quality, not even close. The bitrate is over 4 times as high.

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          Their new Super HD update is very close. Saves me alot of money from buying blu rays

    • jeff manning

      i know this isnt android related, sort of

      but if you tether your xbox 360 to your cell phone, you will not get any adds on the xbox hulu app

  • whoa

    Hopefully HBO go is next

    • Keith0606

      i wish, HBO still needs to add 4.3 support as well for the app so i can use it with my nexus 7 when it finally comes out for chromecast, frankly with 4.4 coming out soon who knows.

  • Robert Macri

    Where is Pandora?

    • Brady Wassam

      Google Music has pandora radio capabilities that are much better IMO.

      • Robert Macri

        Agreed, but I don’t listen to enough music to pay for it like google music requires.

      • BTLS

        I found that not only do I like Pandora’s picks better, but for whatever reason Google’s streaming sucked! Constantly dropping and lagging… Maybe I’ll try again… I like that they finally got genre based stations anyway.

        • starnovsky

          Pandora likes to play same song over and over again. Google music is more diverse.

      • Bill Anderson

        Tried Google Music All Access right when it dropped. As I have a 1.5 and 3 year old in the house, kids music is what is played the most. Google barley had any, so I didn’t continue.

    • Jeralmac

      Exactly, I’m also hoping they add more audio only apps like Pandora and Tune In radio. I use a Chromecast with an HDMI audio extractor feeding my home audio system. Need my NPR in the morning!