Just in time for football season, Hulu is bringing its Live TV experience to customers’ laptops and PCs via a new web browser interface.
Until now, the company has been mostly focused on bringing Hulu’s Live TV offering to as many living room and mobile devices as possible. But Hulu says it’s now responding to customer feedback asking for access to the Live TV programming on laptops and computers as well.
Hulu indicates the newly released web experience isn’t final – it’s a bare bones placeholder meant to give users access to the Live TV options on their computers while the company works to make the interface better. The first iteration includes the ability to browse and view Live TV content from more than 50 top channels, see what’s coming up next on each network, and search for and watch Hulu’s lineup of on-demand content. In a nod to sports fans, Hulu also says the browser experience also allows users to launch multiple video streams on their computer.
And even more features are on the way.
“This is a very early version of the new Hulu experience on the Web and we expect it to evolve significantly over the next few months,” Hulu’s Head of Experience Ben Smith writes in a blog post. “From point, click, and keyboard interactions, to responsive pages to fit all screen sizes; we are carefully considering all of the things that make building a web experience unique from living room and mobile devices.”
Hulu says its new web experience is available without a plugin or extension on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft’s Edge browser, and Internet Explorer 11 on select operating systems.