Google has introduced a Hulu Plus app support for its Chromecast media streaming device, adding the movie and TV streaming service to the Chromecast’s lineup of streaming options, including Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play Movies.
Google introduced Chromecast in July as an answer to streaming set top boxes such as Roku and Apple TV. The Chromecast is a small device that plugs directly into the HDMI port of an HDTV, allowing users to instantly stream content from a Chrome browser tab, Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play Movies running on a smartphone, tablet, or other device.
The initial release featured an underwhelming amount of support for streaming services, but Google has assured users that it plans to continue adding services to the Chromecast. The lack of featured apps is mostly made up for by the Chromecast’s low price tag of $35 and the fact that users can instantly display content on their HDTV from an open tab in Chrome.
Users can update the dedicated Hulu Plus apps on Android smartphones, Android tablets, and the iPad today. After updating, users will be able to instantly stream content to an HDTV directly from the Hulu Plus app using the Cast button. The update has not been released to the iPhone yet, but Google states that it will be arriving shortly.