Cord cutting is the trend today. Everyone, from those unhappy with their regular cable service to those who hardly ever watch TV, want to ditch their cable or satellite television service and choose a fancy smart TV with a streaming service.
How to Get the Most out of Your Hulu Subscription
Hulu is the Top Dog
It’s true that streaming does have a number of advantages, from offering a wide variety of content to letting you choose what you want to watch. But there are those that would love to try a streaming service but don’t want to give up network TV. For those people, Hulu is the best choice.
Still Can Watch Stellar Shows
Hulu has become one of the most popular streaming services in recent times because it offers content from some of the major television networks. So even if you cut the cord, you will be able to enjoy shows from networks like ABC, NBC, and Fox.
Bosch is outstanding – dam good show.
When Hulu first came into business in 2007, it wasn’t appreciated much because of its lack of original content, and the ads that appeared in the paid version.
However, Hulu is quick to fix those issues and rise to fame. In fact, it also got an Emmy nomination for the show Casual and then garnered major attention and critical acclaim, as well as a number of awards for the dystopian thriller: The Handmaid’s Tale.
The show was also the most important factor in Hulu doubling its subscriber base in just one year to 25 million.
Hulu also has one of the lowest monthly subscription rates at only $5.99. However, a major downside is that Hulu is available only in two countries, the US and Japan. In Japan, the service is operated by a third party.
6 Tips and Tricks for Hulu
Compared to Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, Hulu has a long way to go. But it’s already incredibly popular among several cord cutters, and there are ways you can make the most out of the service.
1. Create your own profile
Hulu offers each household to have up to six different profiles for each member of the family (or others).
When these separate profiles are created, each member gets to see only the content that they want, instead of having to wade through junk to find what you want to watch. You can save your favorite shows to your profile so that you get appropriate suggestions based on them.
2. Set kids mode
Like all televisions and computers, Hulu also offers a child mode. With this, you can restrict the content that you want to be accessible to your children.
When you turn kids mode on, you restrict the service to only Hulu Kids Hub content. You can also set an age on the profile to restrict the R-rated movies and shows if the user is 17 or younger.
3. Control video quality
There are times when you have to boost or reduce video quality. Sometimes you want the best available video quality, while at other times you might need to save data and stick to a lower resolution. Hulu makes it easy to do both.
You simply have to click on the gear icon at the bottom of the screen and choose your preferred settings. There are only two modes available: Best Available and Data Saver.
If you have the bandwidth, the former will give you the best video quality. If you’re on mobile, the gear icon lets you choose from Auto, Low, Medium, or High.
The downside of Hulu, in this case, is that the best quality you get is 1080p HD, and only if you have a 6Mbps connection. Hulu used to offer 4K for a while but stopped in 2018.
4. Use App as remote
Whenever there’s a mobile app for a streaming service, it can be used as a remote for the TV. But on Hulu, you can do this only if you’re using Google Chromecast or Airplay (using Apple TV). Although the options are limited, you can still use the Hulu mobile app to control the big screen.
From the mobile device, you can pause or play, rewind 10 seconds, turn captions on and off, and control the big screen in various other ways.
5. Control captions
The Hulu settings allow you to control and customize subtitles, also known as Closed Captions. To be able to do this, you have to go to settings by clicking the gear icon on the bottom left of the screen. From the settings, you select Subtitles and then Settings.
When the pop-up menu appears, you can use that to change the look of the captions in various ways, including color, size, font, opacity, transparency, drop shadows, and more.
If you’re using Hulu on mobile, you’re at a disadvantage because the settings you choose for the PC don’t apply to mobile or smart TVs. From mobile, you can only turn captions on or off.
6. Account security
The Hulu settings also let you protect your account. If you logged into your account from a public device, a friend’s computer, or a device that you no longer have access to, you can revoke access in a few clicks.
From the PC, click your name on the top-right corner and choose Account. When you find the option called Privacy and Settings, click Protect Your Account and you will see the option to log out of every single device or session on that account.
This also includes friends or family members using the same account, even if they have other profiles. Once you log out, everyone else using that account will need to log back in to get access again.
Keep in mind that Hulu is completely US-based and is not available in other countries. Hulu in Japan is operated by Nippon TV and is different from the US-based service.
If you want to access Hulu from a different region, you are the mercy of a virtual private network that allows you to spoof your location by hiding your original IP address.
Since Hulu hasn’t yet started blocking VPNs like Netflix, you may have some luck using a virtual private network or proxy server to access Hulu outside the US.