Hulu Plus updated to support iOS 8, in-app subscriptions, new features and more

BY Evan Selleck

Published 3 Oct 2014

image Hulu Plus

Hulu Plus has received a major update, which brings it in line with full support not only for iOS 8, but also the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while also throwing in quite a few extras for good measure.

The official Hulu Plus app was updated on October 2, and brings the version up to 4.0. With it, Hulu has added quite a few new features, including the ability to remotely control the Hulu Plus stream from your mobile device as it plays on your TV via an Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Chromecast or Apple TV. More than that, though, the app itself has been redesigned, which Hulu hopes will make it easier to navigate, find content and watch your favorite shows. Here’s the official rundown of the changes:

  • Home – Best content of the day on Hulu, handpicked and curated by our expert editorial team
  • Shows You Watch – Easy access to all the shows you are currently watching, personalized to your viewing habits
  • Navigation – Discover the entire breadth of the Hulu catalogue from TV, Movies, Kids, Latino, British and Hulu Originals
  • Player – Brand new player with cleaner controls and a nested menu for rich features like captions, share and cast to TV
  • Action Tray – Quick access to search, queue and cast to TV features from anywhere in the app
  • Search – Reimagined search with contextually grouped results by category
  • Remote control – stream and control your viewing experience on the big screen via Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox1, PS3 and PS4
  • Share – Share your favorite videos with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, text and email
  • And there’s more, the new Hulu Plus app is compatible with iOS8 and runs beautifully on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    Another big change is actually a big move on Hulu’s part, as the company has apparently decided to play nice with Apple’s 30 percent cut from in-app purchases, including subscriptions. This is something that Hulu pulled from their Hulu Plus app back in 2011, as the company complied with Apple’s rule to remove links that led to external areas to subscribe to an app or feature. This also meant that signing up for subscription-based accounts was also pulled. So, for anyone who wanted to get a new Hulu Plus account on their iOS-based device, they would have to first sign up on the computer to gain access to content via their mobile device. That is no longer the case, though.

    The app is a free download from the App Store, but does cost a certain amount of money per month to access some content. You can find a link to Hulu Plus below.

    Hulu Plus

  • Available in the App Store: Free
  • Updated: October 2, 2014
  • Version: 4.0.0
  • Size: 14.4MB
  • Compatibility: iOS 6.0 or later
  • [via GigaOm]