Hulu mobile users can soon watch TV shows at no charge.
The streaming video service gives desktop and laptop users free access to a range of TV programs, with advertisers picking up the bill. Until now, however, it had blocked iOS and Android tablets and phones from accessing this content through its website. Mobile users could only watch with a paid subscription through the Hulu Plus apps.
Hulu said it plans to deliver a selection of free, ad-supported TV episodes to mobile devices sometime this summer.
Previously, Hulu had said it blocked iOS and Android device users because of its content licensing agreements; its contracts with the companies that produce video content did not cover mobile browsers. This arrangement has clearly changed.
This issue never affected those with a Windows tablet, who could already stream TV shows for free from Hulu’s website.
The iOS and Android versions of the Hulu Plus app offers much more content than the free website. It costs $8 per month and requires users to watch advertisements.