Hulu adds offline viewing — with quite a bit of catches

Hulu has finally added offline viewing for select content — but with a bunch of catches.

  • Rival streamers Amazon Prime Video and Netflix already offer the ability to watch content offline, so Hulu is coming a bit late to the game.
  • In addition, the feature is only available for users of the “No Ads” plan.
  • Hulu costs $5.99 a month with advertising included in content — and switching to the “No Ads” tier will cost another $6 a month.
  • That brings the price to $11.99 a month or $72 more a year.
  • In addition, not all content is downloadable — Hulu says “thousands” of shows and movies are compatible.
  • The service is also initially only compatible with iPads and iPhones, with Android support coming soon.

In addition, Hulu has a rather convoluted set of rules about how many titles can be downloaded as well as a rather pesky timeframe in which to finish watching content.

  • Each account can download up to 25 titles at a time across up to 5 different devices.
  • The content will be available for you to start viewing offline for 30 days.
  • Once you start viewing an offline title, it will then expire two days after you start watching.
  • If a downloaded title ends up expiring it can be “renewed” once an Internet connection is available again and assuming the title is still available for offline viewing (and that you’re within your 25 title limit).