Anyone can go to Hulu's website and watch a limited selection of content for free on a computer, but upgrading to the paid Hulu Plus version lets you stream more programs. Hulu Plus also unlocks the mobile apps and set top box streaming, but now the Android app has been updated to let free users get a taste of Hulu on the go.

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Free users of the updated Hulu app will get access to recent and past episodes of some shows and a selection of content from Hulu Originals, Anime, Kids, Movies, and Latino. It's basically what you'd get on the free web version, with a few unnamed exceptions.

The other limitation with the free account is that you can't stream to other devices, which I assume means mostly the Chromecast. A few reviews say this is the case, so the free content can probably only be watched on the device itself. Although, I suppose you could screencast (on some devices) or use a cable. Keep in mind making a new account gets you the hard sell with a free one week trial of Hulu Plus, so you'll have to remember to cancel before they charge you.

[Hulu Blog]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • David

    No Daily Show/Colbert Report :-(

    • sssgadget

      Daily show and Colbert Robert now have HTML5 video playback on Chrome mobile.

      • David

        You just turned my frown upside down.

  • Brad

    I'd definitely shut it off if I could chromecast... I rarely watch anything on hulu...

  • David Margolin

    cough... watchseries.lt .... cough
    cough... popcorn time... cough

    • MikeJwF

      Ahh....ahhhh......ahhhhh ......AHshowbox!!

      • Justin W

        This option seems much better that the other two.. Or so my friends have told me.

        • Chris

          Showbox is absolutely amazing. It's literally Hulu but free, no ads, and not to mention, 1 day delay for any TV show / movie release opposed to a week on Hulu.

  • sssgadget

    Hulu should die a painful death because of Ads for premium users.

    • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

      So TV/Cable = okay

      Hulu = Bad

      • sssgadget

        I didn't say ads in TV/Cable = okay. I don't even own a TV anymore.

        • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

          Then why do you give a shit if it supports Chromecast or not?

          • Brad

            they never said anything about it chromecasting... they specifically pointed out ads for premium users is stupid.

          • Jurk

            I pay for cable monthly and I still get commercials in my shows. Hulu is just another business. Get used to it.

          • Brad

            apples to oranges... get used to it.

          • Jurk

            Check the news. The lines between the two are blurring. Soon you'll be enjoying orange apples.

          • mgamerz

            The chromecast ads are a lot shorter than other ads. I've never had more than 2 ads for a total of 30 seconds on my Chromecast. When its on a clickable screen (PC, phone) its like 3 for 1:30.

        • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

          NEWSFLASH: Cable companies own Hulu.

  • DoctorRabbitfoot

    I downloaded it and could not get any free content to Chromecast. You receive this error;

    • jonathan3579

      What if you're already casting your screen from the compatible devices?

      • Justin W

        Try it out and report back.

        • jonathan3579

          Ha! Just tried and it works!!!

          • Big Tony

            Good stuff. I don't think they can do much about those using screen cast.

          • irmaagregg

            my roomate's half-sister makes $63 /hr on the internet
            . She has been without work for ten months but last month her pay was $17500
            just working on the internet for a few hours. check this J­a­m­2­0­.­C­O­M­

          • Justin W

            IIRC Netflix used to not work via HDMI, but I don't know if that was something intentional or a bug (Maybe that was Play Movies? Not sure).

  • h4rr4r

    Why is that Nexus 4 image?

    • Kevin

      Maybe because the Nexus 5 is an ugly phone they don't want to use.

      • h4rr4r

        Compared to a Nexus 4?
        You need to see an eye doctor.

        • Kevin

          Lol Nexus 5 is an ugly POS.

  • firesoul453

    Hulu used to let you stream stuff to tab let's before they had an app. I got so mad they blocked mobile I decided to never buy hulu+

  • Rocketboy_X

    Just use a tablet with HDMI out... if you were smart enough to grab one with HDMI out that is. That's what I do. Easy-peasy.

  • Heimrik

    Yeah I cant see Hulu surviving into the future without making some serious changes. Other Premium paid streaming services like NetFlix do not force ads and commercials. I see just dozens and dozens of people on several forums complaining about Hulu and how they will or have dumped Hulu for something else.