As convenient as TV on demand is, you can't always take your favorite shows with you.
Be it inside a train, plane, or technologically lagging relative's home, scarce internet cuts your Metalocalypse marathon short and forces you to *shudder* confront the real world.
To combat this, Amazon Prime Instant Video and, most recently, Netflix let users download shows for offline viewing, and it appears another service is interested in doing the same, and soon.
Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins revealed in an interview in AdWeek the service is looking into adding offline viewing to its subscription offering.
“Yes, [offline streaming]'s definitely on our road map,” said Hopkins. “It's something that we're going be doing in a few months. We're working hard on the technology around that and getting the rights squared away.”
Offline viewing may be a few months off, but Hulu won't be idle long given its other, far more resource-intensive venture: to compete with AT&T's service.
Priced under at under $40/month, Hulu's upcoming streaming bundle hopes to be a major push in cable-cutting by offering live television from partners such as CBS, Fox, Disney, and Time Warner.
A specific date has not been set for Hulu's live package debut, but is expected to arrive within the next few months.
Like Netflix – but different!
That's not the only note the green-tinted video streaming service has learned from the red-tinted one's book. Hulu has always been close to follow Netflix when it comes to new features, from original content to 4K streaming to its latest addition: user profiles.
Originally unavailable to mobile users when it was announced late last year, Hulu's user profiles have fully launched on both iOS and Android today, allowing multiple personalized portions to be set up on a single account.
Much like Netflix's “Who's watching?” launch screen, Hulu's profiles allow an individual to tend to their own personal watchlist, keep up with tailored recommendations, and manage parental controls on accounts for youngsters.
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