On Thursday, Ben Smith, Hulu’s Head of User Experience, took some time away from basking in the glow of Hulu’s “in your face” response to Netflix price increase, to sit down and participate in a Reddit AMA session – “Ask Me Anything”.
Here are some of the key Q&A exchanges that contain some breaking news for cordcutters who may be interested in Hulu’s service:
Any plans to support Apple TV’s “Top Shelf” feature? Would be cool to see the latest My Stuff shows featured here.
Any new tv everywhere apps getting hulu authentication soon? Personally I’m hoping for tbs/tnt.
Me too. Working on it now.
In a related note: yesterday, we launched TV single sign on for Apple which makes it easy to use TV Everywhere apps. You can see which apps are supported here.
When is 60 frames per second going live? Sports are unwatchable currently
We’re working with our network and live streaming partners to raise the framerate to 60FPS.
Hi Ben. Thanks for doing the AMA. I would like to know: do you have a timeline for dolby digital/5.1/surround sound support? Almost everything on your platform is made with surround audio, seems weird not to have it!
Also, the TiVo client is pretty rudimentary compared to the other ones. (No profile support, for example.) Will that be getting brought up to parity soon? Ever?
5.1 sound is something we are currently working on for both live and on demand content. No timeline yet.
Thanks for asking about the TiVo client, this is an area of particular interest to me. The Hulu app that run on TiVo and other low-powered devices (e.g. small amounts of CPU, ram, no GPUs) are where I know we can develop better experiences for viewers. This is something we are spending a good amount of time on.
For the full Q&A, head over to Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/cordcutters/comments/75ydor/i_am_ben_smith_svp_of_experience_at_hulu_ama/