Hulu Plus for Android review: High-quality TV and movies on the go

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The Good The Hulu Plus mobile app offers a feature-rich experience comparable to that of the full Web site. Picture and sound quality are impressive, and controls are smooth.

The Bad Settings and account options open up on a mobile Web page that loads slowly and sometimes doesn't work at all. There's no way to change default video quality in the app.

The Bottom Line It's not perfect, but the Hulu Plus app offers great sound and video quality, which make it a must-download for any paying subscriber.


7.8 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 7
  • Interface 7
  • Performance 9

If you are not a Hulu Plus premium subscriber, the Hulu Plus app for Android will give you only a tiny taste of the popular Web site's video catalog. Links on the Home screen will let you browse Hulu's menus and even watch the available free content (which is not much). But going any deeper into the app will eventually lead you to a premium-member log-in screen.

Meanwhile, if you're a paying Hulu Plus subscriber, the experience is significantly different. The app opens up to a dashboard that leads you to TV shows, Movies, your Queue, History, Search, and more. And from here, you can scroll up and down to go between categories of featured content, or scroll left and right to see content within a single category. Overall, with its large thumbnails and smooth controls, the mobile interface is beautiful and easy to navigate.

Features and interface
Arguably the best part about having a Hulu Plus account is the TV shows. The service offers an impressive selection of titles, from current hits like "The New Girl" and "The Daily Show" to classics such as "Alf" and "Doogie Howser, M.D." And with the the Hulu Plus app's intuitive controls, it's easy to sort through them all. With simple swipe gestures, you can browse items by genre, network, or alphabetical order, or there are options to sort content by date added and popularity. For movies, there are similar sorting and browsing options available as well.

When you tap on an item of interest -- whether it be a movie or TV show -- you get options to Play it, add it to your Queue, or share it via Android's built-in share tool.

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