We have entered an age where we share almost everything – we check in to restaurants when we eat, we share the music we are listening to, and we update our friends on the status of our day-to-day lives.
Because I work at Hulu, I watch a lot of popular TV episodes and clips online. (Some may say that I watch a lot of television, but I prefer to call it “research”.) My friends and I have always loved talking about TV shows and movies, and years ago (I won’t tell you how many), we had those conversations in our dorm rooms. Now, because of social platforms, we almost always discuss our favorite shows online.
Turns out, we are not alone. Since the public launch of Hulu.com in 2008, millions of Hulu users have connected with each other on Hulu discussion boards, by tweeting clips of shows, and sharing entire episodes on their Facebook walls. Even with all this sharing, our users have asked us to build a way to easily find, enjoy, and share popular TV shows and films.
This is what sparked our latest integration with Facebook.
The Hulu app on Facebook is a fully integrated experience that enables you to watch Hulu videos without leaving Facebook. And because you are watching through Facebook, the videos you watch will be instantly shared with your friends if you choose to do so.
The app will also show you what videos your friends are watching, and enable you to start conversations with others. As you are watching a new episode, clip, or movie from Hulu on Facebook, you can leave a comment on a particular moment in within the video, and share those comments with friends on both Facebook and Hulu.
Facebook will be aggregating the stories in such a way that you’ll be able to see all the likes, comments, and watches around a certain video, making it easy for you discover and share new TV shows and movies.
Using the Hulu on Facebook app is simple. Just click on any Hulu link in your news feed from any of your friends, and you’ll be taken to the Hulu on Facebook app. Or just add Hulu on Facebook the same way you add other apps. Once the Hulu app is added to your profile, you can easily watch Hulu content on Facebook anytime, instantly.
If you are a Hulu Plus subscriber, you’ll have access to the entire Hulu Plus library in addition to the shows on the free Hulu service through the Hulu on Facebook app. Discuss and share Hulu Plus content with your friends who also subscribe to Hulu Plus.
You can also easily adjust your share settings any time by clicking on the “share to feed” icon button in the player and selecting to share your watch activity with either “Hulu and Facebook” or “No One. Do Not Share What I Watch.” You can also change your settings in your Facebook privacy settings or on Hulu.com’s privacy and settings page to control what you share (if you choose to share anything).
We are excited about how this integration will help you find and enjoy premium content through your friends.
Happy watching. And, now, sharing.