If you’re a fan of live sports or even an action movie junkie you might have noticed some jerkiness when watching TV with Hulu. This is because historically Hulu has streamed its content in 30 frames per second. However, in an initiative referred to as “phase one” they are now doubling this to 60 fps for close to a dozen channels.
Good News For Sports Fans
Popular channels on the list include NBC affiliates and almost half of the Fox affiliates. This is great news if you’re into the Winter Olympics as NBC is the primary carrier.
On the /r/Hulu stream, the announcement stated that “This was one of the most-requested features by our viewers,”. They went on to further announce that “You’ll notice the difference most when watching sports or news, so we’re excited to have this in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics and March Madness (NBC and Turner channels, respectively).”
Which Devices Support The New Frame-Rate?
In terms of devices, phase one primarily covers iOS, Amazon Firestick and FireTV and the Xbox. Right now Android and Roku are both still out in the cold although this should hopefully change soon.
Some of the other popular channels with 60 fps include CNN, Showtime, TBS and TNT. This is a great step forward for Hulu as many of their competitors – Sling TV and DirecTV Now for example – already support 60fps on their sports channels. 60fps might not be a deal breaker when choosing your streaming media provider, but if you’re a fan of sports, its definitely a factor in the decision making process!