A couple of months ago, Netflix added support for downloading some of its movies and TV shows for offline viewing. Now the head of its biggest rival, Hulu, has confirmed that plans are in the works to add download support for its library of films and TV episodes.
In an interview with Adweek, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed that download support is on its way for Hulu subscribers. He stated:
Yes, it’s definitely on our road map. It’s something that we’re going be doing in a few months. We’re working hard on the technology around that and getting the rights squared away.
Having offline support for watching Hulu movies and TV shows will be a huge benefit for phone owners with limited cellular data plans. The ability to download Hulu’s library of videos at home on a Wi-Fi connection to watch later on the road where data is limited and sometimes spotty is going to be a welcome one.
The streaming service is also working on its previously-announced plans to launch a streaming cable TV service similar to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now. Hulu is still trying to secure agreements with a number of cable TV sources but it is sticking with its plans to launch the service sometime in 2017. It will include support for a cloud-based DVR, which will allow people to record live TV for viewing later without the need for a set-top box.