After quietly bringing back 4K content earlier this summer, Hulu is expanding availability to other devices.
When the service reintroduced higher resolution video in July, it was only available on Apple TV and Google Chromecast. In October, Microsoft’s Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV and LG WebOS devices were added to that list and now Hulu is offering 4K (along with 5.1 surround sound) to Roku devices.
The relaunch of 4K streaming on the service followed Hulu’s decision to take down Ultra HD streaming options in 2018.
As Hulu adds more compatible devices for its 4K content, it’s catching up to competitors like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, both of which have offered 4K content for years.
Netflix offers a large library of 4K content, and allows for streaming on a bigger variety of devices including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Comcast X1, Dish Hopper, Nvidea Shield, PlayStation 4 Pro, Roku, TiVo Bolt and Xbox One S. Netflix requires subscribers to opt for the most expensive plan ($16/month) to get access to 4K streaming video.
Amazon includes 4K streaming video with its Prime or Prime Video memberships, and supports the content on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Comcast X1, Google Chromecast, Nvideo Shield and Roku devices.
In its help section, Hulu warned users that 4K UHD content will demand more from their internet connections. 4K content on Hulu streams at around 16 Mbps, much higher than the 6 Mbps need for 1080p.