Most modern televisions now support 4K, with 1080p now reserved primarily for budget sets. As more consumers switch to 4K, the demand for compatible content continues to skyrocket. Many streaming services already support 4K resolutions, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. What about Hulu in 4K?
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As you will see, the answer to that question is a little more complicated than you might think. If you want to sign up for Hulu, make sure to also consider the Disney Plus-Hulu-ESPN Plus bundle, which gives you three great streaming services for one lower price. You can sign up for the bundle at the link below.
Does Hulu support Ultra HD 4K streaming video?
In December 2016, Hulu announced it had started supporting 4K video streaming for many of its exclusive TV shows, along with a select number of movies. However, in 2018, Hulu quietly removed the 4K streaming options from its service, without warning or an explanation.
After months of waiting, Hulu announced in July 2019 that Hulu 4K streaming support was now available once again on the service. Unfortunately, that support is only available for a very limited number of Hulu’s video content library.
What devices and platforms currently support 4K video streaming on Hulu?
At the moment, several platforms offer support for Hulu 4K resolution video. It includes the Apple TV 4K set-top box (5th generation and above), Microsoft’s Xbox One game console, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices that support 4K resolutions, and the Google Chromecast Ultra.
Recently, Hulu 4K support was added to Vizio’s SmartCast TVs, and LG 2017, 2018, and 2020 UHD TVs. We will update this article if and when Hulu decides to increase its support for 4K streaming.
What TV shows and movies on Hulu currently support 4K video streaming?
As with the limited number of devices that support the higher resolution video, the amount of content on the service that’s available in 4K video is also very small. Hulu has confirmed that all of its exclusive and original TV series support 4K streaming. That means you can stream shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, Castle Rock, Runaways, and others at the higher 4K resolutions.
To find out if a movie or TV show supports Hulu 4K streaming, go to the details page of the show or film you want to see. You should see a 4K badge if it indeed supports the higher resolution.
Hulu Live TV does not currently support 4K streaming, nor does it support that resolution for Cloud DVR recordings.
Do Hulu’s 4K shows also support HDR?
HDR is an acronym for High-Dynamic Range. Basically, if you have a TV with both 4K and HDR support, not only will the supported videos be shown in the higher resolution, but they will also have a wider color range, which will make the video better looking.
Hulu’s TV shows do not currently support either one of the two main competing HDR standards (HDR10 and Dolby Vision). Therefore, the limited amount of that content is streamed at Standard Dynamic Range (SDR).
What internet download speeds do I need to stream at the higher resolution?
Provided you have the right TV and streaming equipment, you will need a minimum internet download speed of 16Mbps to stream Hulu with the higher resolution content.