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Hulu Plus Launching on Nintendo Wii U with Integrated Second Screen Experience

November 20th, 2012 by Dave Herman Senior Product Manager, Living Room

At Hulu’s development center in Seattle, we spend our time focusing on making the Hulu Plus living room experience delightful for our subscribers. With our latest innovation, we’ve teamed up with Nintendo to bring you a brand new way to watch your favorite current season TV shows on the biggest screen in the house while using a fully integrated second screen experience.

Hulu Plus will be available on the Wii U console starting today. Nintendo’s Wii U offers developers like us an exciting opportunity to build an innovative second screen experience for you through the versatile Wii U GamePad controller. The Hulu Plus integration with the Wii U GamePad is one of my favorite features — it allows you to quickly discover more information about your favorite shows while simultaneously watching them on your big screen at home. The console’s second screen controller also enables you to take the TV viewing experience with you to another room in the house with just the click of a button.

Want to see it in action? Check out this quick walk-through video:

 

Once the device starts up, Hulu Plus can be found right on the home screen, which makes discovering shows or catching up on new episodes easier than ever.

The Hulu Plus experience on Wii U includes large, vivid artwork that makes it easy to navigate. As you scroll and search, the Wii U GamePad automatically updates to provide rich information about shows, episodes and more. Using the controller, you can start watching instantly or queue up an episode for future viewing.

While watching your favorite show, you can easily move what you’re watching from your big screen to the Wii U GamePad. This feature is perfect for when you step away from the TV and want to take the viewing experience with you throughout your home.

When watching shows on the Wii U GamePad, you still have access to all the controls that you are familiar with. Switching to and from the TV is as simple as tapping the button in the lower right corner.

Wii U will also be home to the new Hulu Kids section. More than 43 shows, including current season Nickelodeon programming, are available commercial-free in this section.

For those of you who are new to service, Hulu Plus is the only video subscription offering current TV programming from hundreds of content partners, including top broadcast networks ABC, Comedy Central, NBC, Nickelodeon, FOX, The CW, Univision and WWE. Hulu Plus subscribers can watch on their PCs, Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, streaming media players, gaming consoles, mobile phones and tablets – all for $7.99/month with limited advertising. For many popular shows on our service, Hulu Plus offers every episode of the current season, not just a handful of recent episodes. Hulu Plus subscribers also have access to back seasons and full runs of some of TV’s greatest shows, including many that were not available online before.

If you are new to Hulu Plus and want to try our service on the Wii U, we’re offering a free 1-week trial now: http://www.huluplus.com/WiiTV

I hope you are as excited as we are about this new experience. Let us know what you think.

Last comment: about 18 hours ago 10 Comments
  • i was compliant remove by credit card off and so what i wanna to hulu plus gift card for my wiiu reedom please.

  • Hi Luke,

    Thanks for posting and I’m sorry for the trouble. Please contact us directly and we’ll be happy to assist. You can reach us via email through our support form ( http://www.hulu.com/support/support_form ).

    Regards,
    Russ
    Hulu Support

  • Luke says:

    I don’t know what is wrong with this app, but I was only able to watch one show before the app crashed causing me to hard-powerdown my wiiU. I had to do this twice now. Please fix!

  • Hi Steve,

    I’m very sorry for the trouble our app is causing. If you wouldn’t mind, please contact us at http://www.hulu.com/support – we’re better able to assist that way.

    Thanks!
    Michael B.
    Hulu Support

  • Steve says:

    Hulu, I am very disappointed with this app. It’s half-baked and extremely unstable. My Wii U keeps crashing every few hours while using this. No other app has caused this. Also, I agree with the others here about not being able to use the gamepad to watch and browse w/o the TV. Please fix this app.

  • Sebastien says:

    How about a googletv app (or not block googletv web browser)? Googletv has been around longer and has more customers and yet no Hulu … Can we get a not precanned answer and tell us an absolute “no we don’t want to do it because of ….”

  • Mike says:

    I agree with Josh in Denver. The app is half-baked. You NEED to turn the TV on to use it. I’m all for a deep second-screen experience, but the first step should be to make sure it works independently on both screens. I shouldn’t need to ever turn my TV on to use Hulu Plus on my Wii U. Netflix and Amazon Instant Video got this right. Hulu and YouTube both screwed it up.

  • Dave Sparks says:

    Soon as INSIGNIA (BluRay) releases an update to support Hulu Plus so I can stream it to my television, I’ll happily subscribe. But I’m not paying to sit at my computer desk to watch TV.

    Insignia doesn’t stand to gain anything by developing a firmware update… but you do. Ball’s in your court.

  • James says:

    If Adobe Flash and web browsers didn’t provide you with “device” identifying info, couldn’t everyone simply watch the same exact Hulu website? You exclude Boxee Box and other devices from watching the Ad-Supported Hulu site but only because you have the ability to identify and restrict devices from seeing the same website I’m looking at right now in my browser. Why is this?

  • The app works GREAT overall BUT you have to be on your TVs Wii U input in order to select each show before you can start it on the gamepad, whereas on the Netflix app you can have your TV off and just use the gamepad from start of the Netflix app to finish (granted you have to select to move the movie to the gamepad but the actual movie selection is done on the gamepad and you can switch the movie to your gamepad without turning on your TV/being on the Wii U input of your TV). Again great app but this is a major draw back considering the purpose of the Wii U gamepad, I recommend an update as soon as possible :P

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