You asked, we listened. One of the most popular requests we’ve received since Hulu’s launch has been for an easier way to manage queued videos, and a few new features will bolster your queue’s functionality. Now you can rearrange your play order by renumbering the videos in Your Queue. Once you’ve renumbered the videos, simply click the “update order” button and your videos will be rearranged. You can also move a video to the top of your queue by clicking on the arrow button that appears to the left of your numbered playlist. To start streaming your playlist continuously, just click on any video. Your videos will start playing in order, starting with that video.
You can also remove several videos at once. Check off the videos you want to remove, then click on the “remove” button above your queue; the selected videos will be taken out of your queue. If you have a number of expired videos in your queue (we keep those there so you aren’t surprised to see a video’s missing), you can click on the “removed expired videos” button — no need to select the videos — to pull them from your queue in one easy step.
To make managing your queue a little easier, there are two ways to view your list: The default view, with thumbnail images of each video, and a new list view. The difference? The thumbnail view spreads your queue over several pages if necessary, while the list view shows your entire queue (without images) on one page for easy reordering. You can change your view by clicking on the buttons located to the right of side of the page, up near the Subscription Alerts settings.
We’ve also split out our queue alerts so you can opt out of expiration alerts if you’d rather not receive them. When you turn on Subscription Alerts, we’ll send a daily e-mail whenever we add a new video from your subscription list to your queue. Expiration Alerts will notify you when a video in your queue is set to expire in seven days. You can activate these alerts in your Profile under the “Privacy and Settings” or “Queue” tabs.
The check boxes that allow you to remove select items from your queue also let you change your privacy settings from public to private for the selected videos, just in case you want to keep those Bring It On clips to yourself. If you prefer to keep everything private all the time, you can modify your lists’ privacy settings from your Profile’s Privacy and Settings tab. Note: Your settings on the Privacy and Settings tab override any settings you make in your queue, even when your queued videos say “public.”
And finally, we now offer relevant availability messaging at the top of show pages, letting you know when you can expect the latest episode of your favorite series. Take a look at the show page for House, hulu.com/house, for an idea.
If you haven’t already, check out the new Queue settings and let us know what you think at .