Offline downloads have been a long time perk for subscribers of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and finally, Hulu is joining the foray.
Starting this week, the Hulu app for iOS and iPadOS will have access to offline downloads, with Android soon following suit., Hulu will allow subscribers to download and save content to watch at a later time while internet access is available. Unfortunately, only subscribers of Hulu’s more expensive No Ads plan will have access to this service. At $11.99 per month, the No Ads plan is quite a jump in price from their base plan of $5.99 per month.
While Hulu does offer quite a number of titles, offline downloads will not be a universal option. Only select titles will be eligible to download offline. Hulu will now have a “See What’s Downloadable” category on the app for easy browsing of downloadable titles. An icon will also be available on the details page of a TV show or movie that indicates that it’s available to download.
Adding to that, there are more rules to Hulu’s new service that will have you planning when to watch your downloaded content. According to Hulu’s official website,
“Viewers can download up to 25 titles across 5 different devices and will have up to 30 days to watch their downloaded content. For watched content, the download will expire two days after starting playback. After downloaded content expires, viewers can renew an expired download when online, if that content is still available on Hulu.”
Despite all these restrictions, Hulu still offers a good number of exclusive shows, such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Castle Rock and even their upcoming miniseries, Looking for Alaska, which all may just push you to shell out the extra money for their No Ads subscription plan.