This week Hulu held an AMA on /r/Hulu and gave us a look at their future plans.
One of the main requests we get from readers about Hulu’s new live TV service is the question of 60 FPS. Standard TV on most services streams at 30 frames per second (FPS). Sports on a growing number of services streams at 60 FPS for a better, smoother experience for fast-moving action like sports.
The good news is Hulu is testing out 60 FPS. “As a sports guy, I don’t love it either. We are currently evaluating 60 FPS performance on CNN and TBS (on Xbox One, Fire TV, Apple TV, and iOS). Looking to roll out these networks and more very soon. If you haven’t tried it already, check out beta.hulu.com –I spent every Saturday this fall watching two-three college football games at once,” said Ben Smith SVP at Hulu.
We also get asked a lot about PBS. It looks like you will have to wait. “No plans to add PBS right now. Would love to know if there are specific shows that you think should be on Hulu?” said Smith.
One more request many want is a live TV streaming service with 5.1 audio. Smith answered, “We are currently prioritizing quality and robustness of video playback right now but 5.1 is definitely coming.”
While it looks like Hulu’s live TV service is not coming to Android TV right now, Hulu explained why. “We don’t have current plans to support Android TV. It is one of the platforms that we are constantly evaluating. For us, it is a combination of the number of Hulu viewers on the platform and the technical complexity of supporting the platform,” said Smith.
Hulu was asked several times about buffering with Hulu’s live TV service. In response to the questions, Smith said, “It is our top priority right now.”
There you go. Some of the highlights from this week’s AMA. If you would like to read the full AMA you can find it HERE.
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