Hulu’s Android TV apps finally are able to stream in 1080p on the all-new Nvidia Shield TV set-top-boxes and Sony Bravia TVs, as spotted by Reddit users.
Reddit users initially observed the change in the page “App & Device Info” in the Hulu app. The app lists the fresh max video resolution as “1920 x 1080”, after updating. It’s kind of a secretive way to make the shift. Seeing the update description on the Play Store, there’s no cite of it, so it may be possible something altered as well on Hulu’s server-side.
As per Gizmodo, it was able to confirm that at the very least Bravia TVs and Nvidea Shield from 2019 got the 1080p bump on the 23rd of March, but the change is yet to be considered in Hulu’s support pages, which was last updated in February. Hulu does not seem to particularly list which devices stream in every resolution (apart from Live TV streaming) on its support site, although it does offer the least 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
It’s still unclear when 1080p Hulu support was supplemented, or was it launched with it, for the latest Chromecast with Google TV that runs a skinned variant of Android TV.
On Hulu, the 4K streaming is limited. 4K content is mainly limited to Hulu’s original movies and shows, and 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, LG UHD TVs from 2017 onwards, Roku devices, Vizio TVs with SmartCast, and the Xbox One S and X, as per Hulu’s likely out-of-date list.
It’s good that more devices could theoretically stream in a further higher resolution, specifically for folks who have spent out money for higher resolution displays. However, it is worth mentioning, that some of the Redditors who first found this change didn’t have any idea that they’d been streaming in 720p all this time.