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Hulu Plus v2.02 Released

Hulu makes effort to improve playback, control experience

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Fair warning: Hulu Plus remains in a state of "limited preview," and its controversial fee/commercial setup hasn’t changed, either.  But v2.02 was released this morning, and it should go a ways towards making Hulu Plus more attractive to potential users.

The updated version includes several new features and improvements, the most important of which is "automatic adaptive bitrate switching."  A post on the Hulu Blog explained, "[T]he video quality will dynamically change to accommodate fluctuations in network conditions.  This aims to deliver the smoothest, highest quality video stream that your internet connection can handle."

Then another pair of important tweaks involve improved support for the PlayStation Blu-ray remote and the QWERTY keypad accessory, since it might have been hard to enjoy the Hulu Plus experience as long as simple searches required 60 taps on a game controller.

Finally, the size of the application’s been reduced, error reports were altered, video expiration notices were introduced, and a few bugs and stability issues were fixed.

It’s wise of Hulu to address these issues before trying to introduce Hulu Plus to a larger audience.  The company’s promised that more changes are on the way, too.

It just remains to be seen whether many people will pay for Hulu Plus when the content selection isn’t that great and they’re still forced to watch commercials.

 

Hulu Plus v2.02 Released
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  • John

    I’m a Hulu Plus subscriber. We watch it on a Samsung LED TV. We do our searched on the website from our laptop, que them, then watch! My goal is, if it meets the needs of my family, I will dump cable & simple increase our bandwidth. The commercials are less invasive than what we get on cable, so at the $10/mth price, it’s a big WIN for us. I hope it’s successful.

  • Hatto015

    Enjoying this alot, don’t have cable but have a fast internet connection seems like a better deal then paying 30-50$ a month for basic cable.

  • Tee

    If you are getting them off the web anyway, you can get a lot of these shows off the networks’ websites. Even if we didn’t factor in watching nhl and nfl games, they just don’t have the tv show content that would justify us doing this in lieu of cable. And there just isn’t enough of a hook to pay $120/year extra. We aren’t miserly by any means but I’m a big fan of getting our money’s worth.