- Hulu does have 4K programming, but due to a number of limitations, most users will only get HD content.
- Currently, only five devices support Hulu in 4K, including certain Apple TV devices, and the Amazon Fire TV.
- The amount of 4K content is also quite limited, restricted to some of Hulu’s flagship original content.
- This story is a part of Business Insider’s Guide to Hulu Tips and Tricks.
4K is becoming more and more common nowadays. So you’d be forgiven if you thought that Hulu offered 4K programming by default on all of its streaming apps.
However, this isn’t the case â€” to watch in 4K on Hulu, you’ll need to be using a specific streaming device, and watching one of a select set of shows and movies.
Here’s what you should know.
Which devices can display Hulu in 4K
Unlike some other streaming services, Hulu only supports 4K video on a narrow set of devices. These are the media players which can show Hulu in 4K:
- Apple TV (Fifth generation or newer)
- Chromecast Ultra
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- Certain LG TVs (2017 and 2018 UHD models)
- Xbox One
If you don’t have one of those devices â€” like if you’re using a Roku media device, for example â€” the highest resolution you can watch in is HD.
The content that Hulu
broadcasts in 4K is limited
If you have a compatible device, the selection of 4K content is relatively slim. There’s no official list of what content is available in 4K â€” Hulu says on its website that “at this time, [4K content is] limited to a select list of programming, including most Hulu Originals.”
Unfortunately, that’s an optimistic spin on the current state of 4K on Hulu, which currently appears to be limited to the service’s highest profile originals, like “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
So while you can find 4K video if you look through Hulu’s original programming, most content on the service is only available in HD.
Related coverage from Tech Reference:
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.