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Parents around the world cheered last month when Hulu debuted a long-awaited offline viewing option. Not only can you download your favorite shows and movies for that long flight or drive home for the holidays, but you can also pack your device full of enough entertainment that you don’t have to worry about your in-law’s slow internet connection. That’s right, Hulu is giving you the gift of less whining and fighting as you battle your way through visits home this year.
You can download thousands of shows and movies from Hulu’s extensive streaming library as long as you subscribe to Hulu’s ad-free $11.99/month plan or the equivalent ad-free plan on Hulu + Live TV.
You can access your downloads from a dedicated tab at the bottom of the screen. Once you start watching a title in your downloaded queue, you’ll have 48 hours to finish watching before it expires. Unwatched titles expire 30 days from download unless the title leaves Hulu’s streaming library before that date.
It’s easy to identify downloadable titles by browsing through See What’s Downloadable, or simply look for the Download icon on the details page next to the video.
Licensing restrictions apply to some titles or episodes, so not everything in the content library is downloadable. Content from Premium Add-ons such as HBO or Showtime is not downloadable with this feature because those titles are not part of the Hulu streaming library.
Downloadable content is available for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire TV mobile devices. You can choose between SD and HD for each title to maximize storage capabilities. For the best performance, make sure you have the latest version of device OS and the most updated version of the Hulu app.
Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."
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