While Android TV has seen a ton of new apps and growth as a platform overall, it’s still often neglected. Today, Hulu is getting around to updating its Android TV app with the new interface and Live TV capabilities that launched on other platforms nearly two years ago.
Announced in a blog post today, Hulu confirms that the new update will come to all Android TV devices in “early August.” The company specifically calls out the Nvidia Shield, Xiaomi Mi Box, and TVs with Google’s platform such as from Sony and Hisense. Any Android TV can download this app with the updated interface from the Google Play Store, though.
With the updated app, Hulu subscribers ditch the aging interface that Hulu hasn’t supported for quite a while. It also opens up the platform to Hulu’s Live TV service which is one of the better alternatives to Google’s own YouTube TV. Presumably, this updated app will also support newer features of Android TV such as homescreen channels, but the company’s post doesn’t mention that. Hopefully, 4K support won’t be too far behind either.
So far, it doesn’t seem like the rollout has started, but we’ll update the article when that changes. From the looks of it, this new interface is actually the updated one that Hulu first started rolling out earlier this year.
Today, we’re excited to share that Android TV users will now be able to access Hulu + Live TV and Hulu’s updated UI through your Android TV device. Starting in early August, Hulu + Live TV and our updated UI will be available across a variety of Android TV devices, including Sony’s Android TVs, NVIDIA SHIELD, Xiaomi Mi Box, and Hisense Android TVs.