Hulu Adds Support For Chromecast

Hulu Adds Support For Chromecast

Oct 7, 2013

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The news is out that Hulu will now support Chromecast – or is it Chromecast that will support Hulu? Regardless, now you can enjoy everything that Hulu Plus has to offer, on your big screen, with the help of Chromecast. Download Hulu from here: Hulu Plus on Google Play, and see details about Chromecast here: Chromecast on Google.

Hulu Plus Now Unofficially Available on All Android Devices

Hulu Plus Now Unofficially Available on All Android Devices

Jan 17, 2012

Leave it to hackers to do what Hulu and media companies couldn’t – or wouldn’t. A hacked version of Hulu Plus is now available that allows for hypothetically any Android device to access the service that streams TV episodes and movies to subscribers. It comes with a $7.99 per month price tag and the occasional 30-second ad, but is an easy way to get access to a library of up-to-date content.

This essentially solves the annoying issue of Hulu Plus only being limited to a few devices, which ironically has probably increased piracy of content available on the service. After all, pirated copies don’t have any DRM and are playable on anything that supports the file format it comes in. So, essentially, hackers are making it easier to legally view content on Android devices, which the media companies are preventing. DRM continues to be a counterintuitive mess. The hacked APKs are available form the source link below. Hulu Plus worked on the Motorola Xoom when I tested it out, which is a good thing, because I need to catch up on Revenge!

Source: Phandroid

The Hills Are Greener: Freedom is Fragmentation?

The Hills Are Greener: Freedom is Fragmentation?

Jul 4, 2011

Fragmentation sometimes is an overblown issue on Android; it still is a major issue on the platform, though. More and more big name apps are launching on Android with app support lists that are miniscule at best. Netflix is still limited to a few phones. Hulu Plus supports six phones. Not to be outdone, Skype for Android supports four. Of course, Hulu Plus is still more ridiculous just because of the fact that this is a device that runs Flash, and the only thing stopping browser-based support of Hulu on Android is Hulu. This also affects the world of gaming; Order & Chaos Online’s support list is a nonsensical mish-mash of devices, as well. Any particular reason why the Samsung Captivate, a Galaxy S phone, doesn’t support the game when other carriers’ Galaxy S phones do support it? Of course, this is AT&T’s version of the phone; anything is possible.

This has led me to hypothesize that if Google+’s “Hangouts” feature ever were to come to mobile (and Google has talked about it), iOS would be more likely to get it first. While Gingerbread does have built-in video calling, video calling between multiple platforms is apparently a very tricky proposition; it might be difficult for Google to get it supported on a wide array of devices. It’s quite possible that if and when the iOS version of Google+ launches, it could be getting Hangouts much sooner, or at least on a wider array of devices, than Android gets it. Mind you, this is a Google service, so while such a possibility is unlikely, it would be tremendously ironic considering that fragmentation is still Android’s biggest problem.

iOS devices are not free from fragmentation, and some apps don’t work on some devices, sure; earlier devices are quickly being phased out by Apple, and there was legitimate fear that iOS5 would have spelled doom for the iPhone 3GS, which still gets advertized by AT&T, though it appears it is safe for at least a few more months. However, iOS does have the advantage of more unified hardware and software bases in order to make development for features like cameras far easier than they are on Android, which is partially why features like Skype video calling come quicker to iOS, and why Netflix and Hulu Plus were able to get to release on iOS much sooner. The openness of Android is at times its strength and its drawback; and at times, its drawbacks are on full display.

Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO All Bring Their Content Streaming to Android

Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO All Bring Their Content Streaming to Android

Jun 27, 2011

If there has been one disadvantage that Android has had compared to iOS that even fervent Android owners have to admit is a weakness is streaming video. Many streaming services have opened up shop on iOS, and Android has lagged behind in this aspect; however, several services are starting to make their way on to Android via specialized apps.

Netflix:
The popular streaming service is slowly but surely spreading its way across the Android universe. However, only certain devices have access to the app at the moment; the Galaxy S line of devices is blocked, for example. This is in part due to DRM concerns, claims Netflix; the helpful folks at XDA-Developers have downloads available for those who can’t install the device from the Android Market, though compatibility is far from guaranteed. It’s understandable that Netflix might have to make special accommodations to appease DRM-crazy rights holders in order to bring their content to more devices, and Netflix does seem to be expanding their device lineup with each update. Of course, considering users are paying for Netflix access and iOS has had access for far longer, hopefully the media rights holders ease up for the sake of Android users. We’re not all evil pirates!

Hulu Plus: This service exists primarily as a competitor to Netflix, offering extended libraries and mobile compatibility for both archive and current TV and movie content. Hulu Plus is required to watch on any kind of mobile platform, and not all content that is available on the web Hulu is available on Hulu Plus. Oh, and did we mention that all this content is still ad-supported, even with the subscription fees? Plus, the Hulu Plus Android app is available on a whopping 6 devices right now; that’s just even more limited utility for a service of limited utility as is.

HBO Go: Finally, HBO offers their own streaming service for their content on mobile, with an app for Android with far wider support – this is the only one of the three services in this article available on the Galaxy S line, for example. Available for HBO subscribers, this offers both current and past HBO content available from within their app. Plus, HBO has not been shy about offering advanced access to their content through the app. Fans of Game of Thrones could have watched the 7th episode of the season immediately after the conclusion of the 6th episode, and the 2nd episode of True Blood’s 4th season is available right now after the season premiere last night. Again, this comes at no additional fee to HBO subscribers, and this app is available on more devices than both Hulu Plus and Netflix.