Hulu has unveiled details of a remote control for its OTT service. In a company blog, Senior Development Lead Mitch Walker posted: “we are pleased to announce the first release of the remote control experience for Hulu Plus, a new function that allows you to use your mobile phone or tablet to control the Hulu Plus experience on your living room device.
Expanding on the great Chromecast support we successfully launched last year, remote control functionality for Hulu Plus brings that same awesome experience to your living room through the Hulu Plus app on your Xbox One, PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 systems.
The functionality is easy to use. Simply launch the Hulu Plus app on your iOS or Android mobile device, and your gaming console system will be detected directly through the app.* Once detected, a “cast” button will appear on your mobile phone or tablet and you can pair it with your living room device.
Let’s say you’re an Andy Samberg fan like me…and you’re catching up on the season finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and suddenly have a desire to re-live Andy’s comedic genius in his first SNL digital short – “Lazy Sunday”. Well, you’re in luck! You can keep watching the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” episode on your Xbox One, PS3 or PS4 system and use your mobile device to easily search for another show, episode or clip, and “cast it” to start watching immediately on your TV.
With the remote control functionality, you still get all of the controls you’ve come to expect from Hulu Plus such as pause/resume, seek, and 10-second rewind. Need to go downstairs to grab a snack? No problem – you can switch back to watching on your phone with the press of a button. With another press of a button, you can go back to casting to any TV in your home with a connection to your Xbox One, PS3 or PS4 system.”