Our Beijing team has been working behind the scenes on a special detail that appears when you search for an actor on Hulu. Whenever possible, our database shows that particular star’s face in each of the tailored search result images — what we call “adaptive thumbnails.” Our Hulu How-To Videos section features a video walk-through of this feature, but here I’ve done a search for “Kristen Wiig,” SNL‘s new it-girl.
Search for another actor, and the same thing happens: The results will display thumbnail images that feature the new star — even if both actors appear in the same videos. Here’s what happens when you search for another SNL cast member, Blizzard Man himself, Andy Samberg.
Our search team has focused their efforts on Hulu’s most popular actor queries, but they’ll continue to expand coverage over time. And if you feel like you’re not getting the videos you expected, each of our search pages features a handy feedback form at the bottom of the results.
This is just one way we’ve made it easier to find the specific video you’re looking for on Hulu. A visit to our home page, hulu.com, reveals another way to get to the shows, movies or clips you want more quickly. Our QuickView feature displays video information whenever you hover your mouse over a video thumbnail image, episode title or show name on Hulu. You’ll get specific, video-related information — the video’s title and its duration, air date, rating and average user rating, plus a short description — when your mouse pauses over the video title or thumbnail image; hovering over a show or movie title will provide a QuickView of the series description.
It’s a neat feature that a lot of our users have asked for, and we hope it helps you determine which video is the one you’re after next time you’re browsing the site. For the rest of the week, Hulu for the Holidays will focus on movies with star power. Tomorrow ‘s title features Robert Redford behind the camera — and familiar (if you read the tabloids, anyway) face playing a lead role.