Nintendo Switch Is Getting Its First Video Streaming App in Hulu

Nov 11, 2017, 00:59
Nintendo Switch Is Getting Its First Video Streaming App in Hulu

It's now been confirmed by Hulu that the app will be available to download later today on the Nintendo eShop. The download is free, but users will need to have a Hulu subscription in order to access content. After that, it becomes a subscription service which costs $7.99 per month for the core on-demand service or $39.99 to include the Live TV plan.

Providing this isn't an error on Nintendo's part (and the page on suggests it isn't), Hulu will plug one of the only major holes in the Switch ecosystem. Game consoles have had to provide options to watch video ever since the PlayStation 2 integrated a DVD player, and the Switch will inevitably be compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in terms of features.

Since its debut, the Switch has focused primarily on games, in wake of the underwhelming sales and life the Wii successor, the Wii U had.

Hopefully this means release dates for the likes of Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime aren't far off. Unfortunately, we have no information about Netflix on the Switch.

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For those interested in using the service, you should start seeing the ability to add it to your Switch starting today.

In many ways you have to admire Nintendo's restraint here in prioritising the gaming experiences on the Nintendo Switch.

Fils-Aime reiterated those thoughts to Kotaku last month, stating that video streaming services are going to come would come to Switch "in due time".

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Now that some time has passed since the system's launch and Nintendo has proven software can sell on Switch, the addition of some strong apps could also push it as a viable alternative to tablets, as well! For those who will opt not to subscribe to the Live TV plan, a limited and commercial-free option will be available.