Hulu expands 4K content to Xbox One

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Hulu's device support for 4K streaming is expanding. (Hulu)

Hulu is expanding device compatibility for its 4K streaming video to Xbox One devices starting today and the company has plans to add more support throughout the week.

Next up this week for Hulu 4K are Amazon Fire TV and LG WebOS devices. The additions build upon the support for Apple TV and Google Chromecast Ultra that Hulu announced in July.

The relaunch of 4K streaming on the service followed Hulu’s decision to take down Ultra HD streaming options in 2018.

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In its help section, Hulu included fair warning for 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.

The move from Hulu is a step toward getting the service closer to rivals Amazon Prime Video and Netflix in terms of 4K content availability. 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.

Hulu last week also added downloadable content from offline viewing. The feature, which for now is only available to its ad-free service subscribers, allows users to download up to 25 titles across five different devices and they will have up to 30 days to watch their downloaded content. For watched content, the download will expire two days after starting playback.