Nintendo Switch finally embraces streaming as Hulu touches down

Since it launched the Switch console this spring, Nintendo has focused solely on gaming experiences, swerving the recent trend of consoles being all-in-one media consumption hubs.

However, the times they are a changin’. Nintendo has announced the US cord cutting service Hulu will be the first major streaming service to land on the Switch.

The on-demand service as well as the live TV option will be available to Switch owners when Hulu lands later on Thursday.

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Hulu will be available freely from the Nintendo eShop, but access to content will come via subscription.

The on-demand service is available from $7.99 a month, while the live TV option is $40. Both can be trialled free of charge.

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In many ways you have to admire Nintendo’s restraint here in prioritising the gaming experiences on the Nintendo Switch.

However, the arrival of Hulu could open the floodgates for other streaming services to seek their place at the table.

Perhaps we’ll see the arrival of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in the coming months, followed by more on-demand apps?

Triple award-winner

Regardless, Hulu strengthens the Switch in a week when TrustedReviews bestowed three major awards upon it.

In the 2017 TrustedReviews Awards, the Switch scooped Console of the Year and the overall Product of the Year.

Finally, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was voted Game of the Year.

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