Q. I watch 4K programs on Netflix and Amazon Prime and was considering getting Hulu to add to my 4K lineup. But I was wondering: Does Hulu have shows in 4K? I haven’t heard much about it if they do. — Peter, Boise, Idaho.
Peter, as you note, Netflix and Amazon Prime have been aggressively building their 4K lineups, particularly with original programming.
Netflix original shows such as House of Cards, Godless, The Crown, Mindhunter Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Ozark, and Stranger Things are available in 4K while Amazon’s 4K offering includes Goliath, Bosch, The Hand of God, Mozart In the Jungle and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, among many others.
Considering that DIRECTV and Dish are the only major pay TV providers offering live 4K content now, the two subscription Video on Demand services are arguably your best (and least expensive) source to watch 4K. (Note: Comcast this month is offering the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in 4K on a next-day on-demand basis, but it requires a new set-top that’s not available in all markets.)
But what about Hulu, the third largest SVOD streaming service? Does Hulu have shows in 4K?
Not anymore, it seems.
In late 2016, Hulu announced that it would begin showing some original programming, and James Bond films, in 4K. The streamer said the 4K programming would be available on the XBox One S, and the PlayStation 4 Pro with more devices added in 2017.
Well, 2017 came and went and Hulu’s 4K programming was still only available on the XBox One S and PlayStation 4 Pro. Not only that, Hulu’s 4K lineup consisted of only nine shows, according to its web site. That was even fewer programs than when Hulu first announced it would offer 4K back in 2016.
(Note: The nine shows were Casual, Becoming Bond, Batman & Bill, The Path, 11/22/63, Shut Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale, Spectre (James Bond film) and Chance.
And now it appears that Hulu has quietly dropped all support for 4K. That’s right. No 4K TV at all on Hulu.
The streamer’s web site has excised previous mentions of shows available in 4K, and even edited a page detailing which Internet speed is required to watch programming in the format.
Asked about 4K by a subscriber on Twitter, Hulu’s support team had this to say yesterday:
“At the moment, we do not offer 4K support but we are working to add it across devices in the future.,” the company said.
So, if you’re looking for 4K, Hulu is not the place to be. Not even for nine shows.
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