One thing that will get consumers to cancel the subscription fast, or avoid signing up in the first place, is if the experience of watching live TV over the internet doesn’t work as well as a cable box. Some are saying that the service launched too soon and that it’s still too expensive.
Time will tell if DirecTV Now can fix its technical issues and offer reliable service. If not, the outage may quickly become permanent.
Arguably the best feature of this update to Hulu’s service is the ability for parents to setup kid’s profiles. In doing so their children will only be offered family-friendly Hulu Kids viewing options.
While Kids profiles aren’t meant to be parental controls, they are a place for children to browse Hulu without accidentally running into mature content. A user with a Kids profile won’t be able to access Watchlist, search, recommendations, and auto-resume functions.
Click here to see Hulu’s guide to setting up and using user profiles.
Google Play 4K Movies
With the explosion of 4K ready TVs and streaming devices, there’s also been an increase in the availability of UHD (Ultra High Definition) 4K content.
This comes as Google begins selling its 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra which at only $69 with 3 months of FREE HBO and one free UHD movie rental, is a pretty sweet deal!
The downside to obtaining 4K movies from Google Play is that while consumers can purchase and rent movies with any Android device that has the Google Play store app, the movies may not play on all devices.
Google has stated that all of the new titles are compressed via their own native VP9 4K video compression codec and while any title can be bought from almost any Android device or from the Play Movies site on the web, actual viewing of these new movies is possible only for consumers who own a 4K Chromecast Ultra stick, one of Sony’s 2015 or 2016 4K UHD TVs or a Xiaomi Mi Box 3.