Coming Soon: Hulu Will Add Offline Viewing Option
Cord cutters, take note: Soon, you won't even need a strong internet signal to watch your favorite movies and TV shows on the go—at least if you're a Hulu Plus user. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins recently announced that the company plans to add offline viewing as well as live streaming and cloud DVR, ScreenCrush reports.
This year, Hulu Plus aims to drastically change its model. Much like Netflix’s offline viewing feature, Hulu Plus users will be able to download certain movies and TV shows onto their mobile devices. They'll also be able to watch live TV from a number of broadcast and cable networks—including Disney, Fox, and CBS—as well as use cloud DVR to record that live TV.
The streaming video company’s new bundle—which will cost less than $40 a month and will include the company’s standard streaming package—will compete with other services like Sling TV and DirectTV Now, which both allow users to watch live TV on the go.
“I think if you're going to have a service that really seeks to be a complete offering for consumers, many of which are used to a DVR, you have to make that part of the offering,” Hopkins told AdWeek. “We've been working awfully hard this year to get it right and to make it integrated seamlessly into a live and on-demand service. It's really exciting, and I think it's going to work really well. It's going to be fully functional, just like you could expect from a regular DVR.”
Hulu has yet to announce an official release date for the new features, but Hopkins promised the service will launch "in the next few months."