Hulu Gets an Update and a Much Improved User Experience

Posted Fri May 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM PDT by Dick Ward

But sadly, there's still no HD streaming.

Hulu's been behind the times for a while when compared to other streaming services, but the new update finally brings them up to snuff, as long as you're not hoping for high definition video.

One of the most welcome changes in the update is adaptive bitrate streaming. It's one of the things that makes Netflix so nice. When you're watching a video and your connection slows, the video quality adapts. With the old Hulu, the video would just stop and wait.

They've also, thankfully, introduced ad volume normalization. No more having your ear drums blasted by commercials at higher volumes than the show you're watching. It's something regular TV is still working on, so Hulu's got one up over cable.

Speaking of Ads, the Ad Customization feature is pretty cool. You can complete a quick survey to watch commercial free for a bit, and when you do get ads back, you can select whether or not you found them relevant. Hulu will then attempt to show you only ads that you consider relevant. You're going to see ads either way, so they may as well be for something you care about.

Source: Hulu

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