In the race to lure cord-cutters, Hulu has quite the advantage. It’s Live TV platform also has access to an unparalleled range of on-demand content and original shows like The Handmaid’s Tale.
However, until now, the platform’s apps have lacked a traditional programming guide, which means you either need to know what you’re looking for or just scan the channels to chose from what’s currently now.
It’s made it more difficult for this subscriber to find things like live NBA basketball, which is carried across multiple channels in the United States.
Now, a year after the service launched in beta, Hulu is finally adding a guide that’s easy for users to scan through and see what’s on now and next. Naturally, it can be used to switch channels.
Interestingly, users will be able to view the entire streaming line up or narrow it down to the last 10 channels they’ve watched. That should make it easier to focus on the content subscribers are most interested in watching.
In a blog post, the company wrote: “From the guide, you’ll also be able to record any live or upcoming programming displayed in the guide and start a program from the beginning if it’s available for DVR recording. With the new guide, you can control whether you watch now, browse or record for later in just a few simple clicks. And because we’ve built the guide to deeply integrate with the rest of your experience, you can quickly resume shows that are available on-demand from the Keep Watching collection on Home.”
Initially, it’s rolling out to subscribers streaming via the Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV and, surprisingly, the Nintendo Switch.
The new guide is similar to what the company rolled out on the web before Christmas.
It brings Hulu’s apps into line with rival platforms like Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube TV. Sony’s PlayStation Vue also has a vertical TV guide, which does the job but is difficult to navigate compared to the more traditional horizontal guides.
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