Finally, Hulu offers support for high dynamic range streaming.
Although the streaming service has supported 4K streaming on all its exclusive and original TV series since at least 2016 – and although competitors such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney + and Paramount + have all offered support for HDR streaming for years – Hulu had remained a stubborn holdout until very recently.
The news was first discovered by a knowledgeable user on AVS Forum, who retrieved an updated entry on it Hulus support page which claims that users can currently stream selected Hulu originals in high dynamic range (HDR), HDR10, HDR10 + and Dolby Vision on select devices.
HDR content provides a higher contrast range, resulting in much finer and richer image details. According to Hulu, an HDR tag will now appear on the content detail page when it is available for streaming in HDR.
In particular, HDR support has been added to most, but not all, of the original Hulus series. While TV offers like Nine perfect strangers, The Handmaid’s Tale, High Fidelity and Small fires everywhere and movies like Happiest season and We work all currently support HDR, other series, such as FXs American Horror Story, does not appear to support HDR at this time.
According to Hulu, the ability to stream HDR content is currently only available to viewers with “selected devices” running the latest version of the company’s app, including:
- Roku (HDR-compatible models)
- Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube devices (HDR-compatible models with Fire OS 7 or later)
- Apple TV 4K (fifth generation or later)
- Vizio (HDR-compatible models)
- Chromecast Ultra (HDR compliant models)
Although Hulu is several years late for the HDR party, it’s a nice consolation that the platform currently offers support for HDR10 + and Dolby Vision, given that most of the competitors – with the notable exception of HBO Max– currently only supports one or the other.