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Hulu has finally introduced Downloads. The feature allows some users (but not all) to download thousands of shows and movies to watch offline. Hulu may be late to the party, and there are some extra caveats to consider, but users should still welcome the feature.
In January 2017, Hulu promised that it was working on offering offline downloads, with a timeline of “a few months”. Then, in May 2018, Hulu formally announced its intention to start offering downloads “during the 2018-19 upfront season”.
How to Download Hulu Shows to Watch Offline
Now, as announced in a post on Hulu Press, Hulu is finally delivering on its promises. Which means that some Hulu users will be able to watch Hulu on the go by downloading shows and movies to watch offline. Unfortunately, there are some limitations.
For starters, Downloads are only available to viewers paying for the Hulu (No Ads) plan. This is the premium plan costing $11.99/month as opposed to the standard plan costing $5.99/month. And anyone on the standard plan will be left without Downloads.
Hopping on a flight? Take your TV with you! Hulu (No Ads) subscribers can now download videos on select devices and watch them later without needing Wi-Fi or data.
— Hulu Support (@hulu_support) October 7, 2019
There are also limitations on the number of titles you can download at once, and how long you’ll have to watch them. You can download up to 25 titles at once, and you’ll have 30 days to watch them. However, once you hit Play you’ll only have two days.
Hulu claims that there are “thousands of shows and movies” available to download. This includes Family Guy and Desperate Housewives, as well as Hulu Originals like The Handmaid’s Tale. You can see more by clicking “See What’s Downloadable” in the app.
Get Started by Exploring the Downloads Tab
Hulu Downloads are available on iOS right now. You just need to update the Hulu app on iOS, and then explore the Downloads tab at the bottom of the screen. Hulu promises that it will be offering Downloads to Android users “soon”. Which is suitably vague.
After several years falling behind its rivals such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, Hulu finally seems to be getting its act together. You can even now stream Hulu shows in 4K. We can’t help thinking the imminent arrival of Disney+ is behind this sense of urgency.