Hulu increases its video size by 55 percent

The Hulu streaming video service may not have as many users as Netflix, but it is still a great place to check out recent episodes from NBC, ABC and FOX TV shows. Today, that video watching experience just got a big revamp for PC web browsing users thanks to an upgrade that increased the size of Hulu's video player by a whopping 55 percent.

In addition to the size jump, the background matte has been changed to a dark gray color which should make watching episodes of Modern Family and House easier. There's also a new frame and drop shadow for the video player. In addition, all of the information about each video you are watching such as the show's name, episode title and more have been moved below the video image. You can also let friends on Twitter and Facebook know you are spending time watching an episode of 30 Rock in the new design.

While Hulu has added and improved the PC video experience, it has also taken away the option to "dim the lights" which turned everything but the video you were watching on the screen darker. Some people have commented on the Hulu blog site that they miss this feature and other commentors don't care for moving the pop out video feature into the "More" menu.

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Size is largely irrelevant... has the resolution of the video content gone up by a similar amount? Or is this just an increase in the size (ie. stretching) of the video player window?

TCLN Ryster said,
Size is largely irrelevant... has the resolution of the video content gone up by a similar amount? Or is this just an increase in the size (ie. stretching) of the video player window?

Well, it's only stretching if the size of the player has exceed the 480p resolution it streams at.

here is a idea Hulu how about more than just 480p for people who stream free for movies? 480p on my iMac YUCK! Seriously if you got bandwidth cap issues with your ISP why should we all suffer who are okay with the bandwidth? Come on 720p it least I know 1080p won't happen for free but 720p possibilities at all?

> an upgrade that increased the size of Hulu's video player by a whopping 55 percent.

This sounds to me like the size of the download for the player increased by 55 percent.

What was probably intended is probably that the resolution has been bumped up, or at least the viewable area. That's not the "size of the player"

The term "video player" is has near-ubiquitous meaning for the instance of the plug-in and its dimensions and abilities.

Nice to see an update; however, this just reminds me of the Flash and other unnecessary technologies we are being choked with. Still a lot of devices have no support, and even in general OSes there are limitations for Hulu content.

So with regard to the 'anger' over the 'protected' HTML5 video proposals from Microsoft and others that got coverage in the last few weeks...

Which is better...

1) An optional protection technology for HTML5 video content, so companies like Hulu could keep their licensing with their providers and allow playback on virtually any Web device in the world that supports HTML5 standards.

2) Buy into the purist view points of the FOSS gatekeepers of the standards and pretend that HTML5 video 'DRM' is evil. Which will keep Hulu, Netflix, and all the others using proprietary and non-standard technologies to provide content to their subscribers?

Since they do have to uphold laws and licensing with their content providers, they have to use a 'protected' video mechanism, I think #1 is the better choice. Then maybe we can finally have Hulu and all other video streaming services using a consistent technology.

thenetavenger said,
Nice to see an update; however, this just reminds me of the Flash and other unnecessary technologies we are being choked with. Still a lot of devices have no support, and even in general OSes there are limitations for Hulu content.

So with regard to the 'anger' over the 'protected' HTML5 video proposals from Microsoft and others that got coverage in the last few weeks...

Which is better...

1) An optional protection technology for HTML5 video content, so companies like Hulu could keep their licensing with their providers and allow playback on virtually any Web device in the world that supports HTML5 standards.

2) Buy into the purist view points of the FOSS gatekeepers of the standards and pretend that HTML5 video 'DRM' is evil. Which will keep Hulu, Netflix, and all the others using proprietary and non-standard technologies to provide content to their subscribers?

Since they do have to uphold laws and licensing with their content providers, they have to use a 'protected' video mechanism, I think #1 is the better choice. Then maybe we can finally have Hulu and all other video streaming services using a consistent technology.

I prefer having a talk with the content creators.

GS:mac

Uhm... so does this only apply to the website version or do us users of the desktop client get the bump, too?

GS:mac

Edited by Glassed Silver, Mar 16 2012, 2:23pm :

Nas said,
Doesn't the desktop version already full-size based on the window size anyway?

I want more pixels

You can fullscreen it and it's a good TV replacement with a 27" screen, however I actually want more quality.

GS:mac