Hulu Plus app updated with remote control support for game consoles

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Hulu posted a significant update for its Plus iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 3.5.2. The release includes a new remote control feature that will enable users to control the Hulu Plus experience on their Xbox One, PS3 or PS4 console using an iPhone or iPad.

Setup is a breeze. Simply launch the Hulu Plus app on your iOS (or Android) device, and it will automatically detect your gaming console. Once detected, a ‘Cast’ button will appear in the app, allowing you to pair your smartphone or tablet to the selected console and take control…

Here’s more from Hulu’s blog:

At Hulu, we are always in search of providing great experiences for watching TV. Today, 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 (PS3®) or PlayStation®4 (PS4™) systems.  

And here’s a video overview of the feature:

All of the standard Hulu Plus controls are here, including pause/resume, seek, and 10-second rewind. You can also use the app to search for another video while a show is playing on your console, and quickly move the stream from your TV to your mobile device if you have to leave.

Overall, the new remote control feature looks solid, and it should make life easier for Hulu Plus users. I recommend grabbing the update, which you can find in the App Store for free. Hulu Plus runs $8 month for unlimited on-demand programming, but a 7-day free trial is available.