News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday April 24, 2014.
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Hulu Plus today revealed that gamers, or at least people who own a gaming console, can put the controller down and use their smartphones to control what they watch on Hulu. The new feature follows the same concept as what Hulu introduced on Chromecast: customers already know how to navigate the mobile app and the phone is always nearby, so use that as a simpler browser and then tap a button to initiate playback.
The Android and iOS apps for Hulu Plus have been updated to make phones capable of delivering a format as simple as Chromecast with the hardware that someone might already own. It works by joining a Wi-Fi network on both the phone or tablet and a Sony PS4, Sony PS3, or a Microsoft Xbox One. The app recognizes when both devices are on the same network and then displays a cast button that can start playback on the gaming system. Users will then be able to browse through the selection, play or pause, and seek specific points of an episode or movie on the phone. If controlling Hulu Plus with your PlayStation or Xbox controller isn't your favorite activity, this might be a better solution.Hulu
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