Video streaming service Hulu has added the ability to download episodes for offline viewing.
The new feature is now available for customers who are subscribed to Hulu's 'No Ads' tier of service, and using iOS devices.
Unfortunately, this feature is not available for desktop or Android use yet - it is specific to iOS mobile devices (i.e. iPhone and iPad).
Hulu reports that the download feature will be coming to Android 'soon.' No word on if/when the ability will come to desktop.
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How Offline Downloading Works
Streaming and downloading video is the ultimate data hog- usage tends to be measured in gigabytes per hour. Trying to stream video over a capped data plan or limited mobile internet source can be frustrating, or have you quickly running out of data.
Downloading content when you have access to a fast, free or unlimited data source can be a great tool to save your precious data.
Once downloaded, the content then will reside on your mobile device, and you can watch it later without worry about data usage or slow connections.
This is a great way to watch your favorite shows while in areas with slow or limited cellular coverage - just remember to download your desired media before heading off.
And when paired with a feature known as screen casting, you can even view your content on a large screen television - instead of the small screen of your smartphone or tablet.
We have tested and confirmed that downloaded content from Hulu can be viewed via an Apple HDMI AV adapter. For more on HDMI out/screen mirroring:
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Hulu’s New Download Feature
Hulu's offline download feature will allow you to download up to 25 titles across 5 different devices. You will have up to 30 days to watch the downloaded content. Once you've watched or started watching a download, it will expire after two days. After downloaded content expires, viewers can renew an expired download when online - if that content is still available on Hulu.
Not every show or movie is available for download, but most are.
If a show is available for download, you will see a download icon on the show's details page. You can even search by what's downloadable: just click “See What’s Downloadable” in the Downloads Tab and browse through titles.
The Downloads tab at the bottom of your Hulu app home screen is also where you can access your downloaded content.
iOS users will need to install the latest version of the Hulu app to utilize the new download feature.
Offline downloading came to Amazon Video in 2015, and Netflix in 2016 - it's nice to see Hulu finally catch up with the times.
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