Hulu is one of the most popular streaming services out there, and for good reason. Between the service's original shows like The Handmaid's Tale and Ramy, the next-day availability of many network shows, and some of the best documentaries available, you get a lot of bang for your buck at just $6 per month for the basic ad-supported plan. And since Hulu's one of the early streamers, it's supported by most streaming devices on the market.
But how easy is it to take your Hulu streaming experience from mobile to desktop to TV? Fortunately, you can watch Hulu on a ton of different devices, from your iPhone to your PS5. Here is what you need to know about Hulu's supported devices and how it compares to other services.
Device compatibility refers to whether or not Hulu can operate on a particular tech gadget. In other words: Can your phone download and play the Hulu app? How about your Apple TV or Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick?
Compatibility also means the device can run the latest version of the Hulu app. If you have an older device, it may not support the latest version.
Finally, a compatible device lets you access all standard Hulu features (viewing the movie catalog available to your level of service) and any premium add-ons. You can also view Hulu + Live TV on compatible devices.
Hulu is available on a wide array of mobile devices, computers, and televisions. To get started, Hulu recommends streaming speeds of at least 3 Mbps for the streaming library and 8 Mbps for Hulu + Live TV on any device.
|Hulu||AT&T TV||Sling TV||Fubo TV|
|Android Phones and Tablets||✓ (5.0 and newer)||✓ (4.4 and newer)||✓ (4.4 and newer)||✓ (4.1 and newer)|
|Android TV||✓ (select models)||✓||✓||✓|
|Apple TV||✓ (4th Gen and newer)||✓||✓||✓|
|Chromecast||✓||✓ (2nd Gen)||✓||✓|
|Fire Tablets and TV||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|iPhones and iPads||✓ (iOS 10 and newer)||✓ (iOS 9 and newer)||✓ (iOS 9 and newer)||✓ (iOS 9.1 and newer)|
|LG TV||✓ (webOS 3.5 or higher)||x||x||x|
|Mac and PC Browsers||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Roku||✓ (version 8.1 or higher)||✓||✓||✓|
|Samsung TV||✓ (2016 models and newer)||✓ (2017 models and newer)||✓ (2016 models and newer)||✓ (2016 models and newer)|
|VIZIO Smartcast TV||✓||x||✓ (with cast support)||x|
|Xfinity Flex Streaming TV Box||✓||x||x||x|
|Xfinity X1 TV Box||✓||x||x||x|
There are a lot of ways to watch your favorite Hulu programming: You can use Roku for Hulu + Live TV, watch Hulu on your Apple TV, stream Hulu on a Nintendo Switch, or catch up on Hulu Live on a PS4 between games. Here are some of the top devices, depending on your preferences. Regardless of your plan it should be noted that 4K streaming is available on Hulu for no extra charge, you just need to have the right hardware.
Hulu can be added easily to the user-friendly Amazon Fire TV interface. This makes Hulu on Amazon Fire Stick a popular go-to for anyone who uses Amazon Prime Video with add-on channels. The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K also bakes Alexa right into the remote control, which you can use to search for specific Hulu content. Just add Hulu to the apps on your TV, ask Alexa to show you the latest season of Shrill, and you're on your way.
In addition to watching regular Hulu this way, you can also hook up your Hulu + Live TV service to an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. Watching Hulu on Fire Stick is great for Amazon-loyal customers because you don't have to invest in any additional tools or software.
Hulu apps on Apple devices are ideal for watching Hulu away from home. Many titles can be downloaded for viewing when the device is offline, such as on an airplane. Users can start a show or movie on their iPad and pick it up later from the same place on another Hulu device.
With Hulu + Live TV, users can also watch important live events (like live sports) from almost anywhere. Mobile phone apps are great for Hulu viewers on-the-go because these apps come free with a Hulu account and update often to remain compatible with your phone's operating system.
Google Chromecast is an affordable and simple choice for people who want to send streaming content from their tablet, phone, or laptop to their TV. You don't need a smart TV, just one with an HDMI port. Plug your Chromecast stick into the TV, and Hulu devices on the same wi-fi network can stream content straight to your TV.
Hulu on Chromecast is the best option for anyone without a smart TV who wants an easy-to-use, relatively universal device. Bonus: You can unplug the Chromecast and take it with you on vacation or to a friend's house.
Hulu offers many ways to watch, from Hulu DVR (a cloud service) to streaming through a smart TV or gaming device. You will probably need updated software and a device dated within the last five years for it to be compatible with Hulu. Your free trial or Hulu bundle will work on all supported devices, so you can start streaming today.