Hulu has not been opposed to the idea of allowing its subscribers to download movies and TV shows for viewing offline. However, it didn’t really confirm when this crucial feature will be rolled out. We now know when it’s going to do that. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins has confirmed that the offline playback feature is going to be made available to all subscribers soon. It’s a rough timeframe but at least it’s better than not knowing when this feature will arrive.
Hopkins confirmed this in an interview with AdWeek. He said “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.”
While it’s still unclear precisely when Hulu offline playback support is going to arrive, subscribers can rest assured that this feature will eventually be rolled out and they will be able to download content for viewing when they don’t have access to an internet connection.
It merits mentioning here that Hulu’s biggest rival Netflix decided to offer offline viewing functionality to subscribers back in November last year even though it was initially opposed to the idea. Amazon Video also allows subscribers to download content for offline viewing. It’s good that Hulu will finally be catching up.
It remains to be seen just how much of the content available on Hulu supports the offline playback feature. You can’t download all of the content on Netflix for offline viewing and that’s likely going to be the case with Hulu as well.
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