Users first noticed the change on the “App & Device Info” page in the Hulu app. After updating, the app will display the new maximum video resolution as “1920 x 1080”. It’s kind of a sneaky way to make the change. Looking at the update description in the Play Store, it hasn’t been mentioned, so it’s possible that something has changed on the server side of Hulu as well.
Gizmodo says it could confirm that at least the 2019 Nvidia Shield and Bravia TVs received the 1080p bump on March 23, but the change isn’t reflected in Hulu’s support pages, which were last updated in February. Hulu doesn’t seem to specifically list which devices are streaming in each resolution (outside of Live TV streaming) on its support site, but it does offer minimum bitrates for each:
- Standard definition (SD): 1.5 Mbps
- High definition (HD) 720p: 3 Mbps
- High definition (HD) 1080p: 6 Mbps
- 4K Ultra HD: 16 Mbps
For the newer Chromecast with Google TV, running a skinned version of Android TV, it’s not clear when 1080p Hulu support was added or launched. I was able to check my own Chromecast’s Hulu app and it currently supports 1080p. We’ve reached out to Hulu to confirm which other Android TV devices may be affected by this update.
4K streaming is even more limited on Hulu. 4K content is mainly limited to Hulu’s original shows and movies, and according to Hulu’s likely outdated list, the devices that can actually stream in 4K are the 5th generation Apple TV, the Chromecast Ultra, Amazon’s Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick. , 2017 LG UHD TVs, Roku devices, Vizio TVs with SmartCast, and the Xbox One S and X.
It’s nice that in theory, more devices can stream in a higher resolution, especially for people who spent money on higher-resolution displays. However, I think it’s worth mentioning that some Redditors who first discovered this change had no idea they’d been streaming in 720p all this time.