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Hulu Plus brings back HDMI output - in standard-definition only

Hulu has released an update to Hulu Plus adding limited support for displaying video content on an external display over HDMI on the iPad 2. With the release of the iPad 2 in March, Hulu Plus was originally able to provide HDMI output via the new display mirroring feature, however the company quickly moved to block this capability, releasing an update in April that disabled display mirroring when using the Hulu Plus application, presumably due to content licensing restrictions.

The release of Hulu Plus 2.4 adds HDMI output capabilities back into the application; rather than using the display mirroring feature, however, the app sends a separate, standard-definition video stream to an HDMI connected display. The update also adds the ability to save an entire season to the queue, adds closed captioning support to some content and renames “Subscriptions” to “Favorites.” Hulu Plus 2.4 is available from the App Store as a free download. HDMI output requires the Apple Digital AV Adapter and an iPad 2.

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Many new HDTVs come with a built-in Hulu+ “app” which manages to display HD content just fine. There are also Hulu+ applications Windows and Mac OS that display HD content without issues. (Recall how easy it’s been to connect a Mac Mini to a home theater system via HDMI since mid-2010.) So it’s puzzling why Hulu keeps playing games with the iPad app.

All the more reason I wish Hulu+ were built in to the aTV (like Netflix and MLB).

Posted by Farnsworth in Toronto on September 1, 2011 at 10:27 AM (CDT)


@1: You’re right, it’s another of those strange content permission things where users are restricted from doing perfectly normal things. Remember that cable/satellite company (name slips my mind) who wouldn’t allow their own subscribers to watch TV on their iOS devices in their own HOMES?

Posted by Clint in Toronto on September 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM (CDT)

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