Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

It's About Time the Nintendo Switch Got a Real Streaming Video App

It's About Time the Nintendo Switch Got a Real Streaming Video App

The next time you start up your Switch, you'll be able to download Hulu directly from the Nintendo eShop and immediately dive into the new, deeply personalized Hulu experience. Hulu is a familiar face for English-speaking territories, even if the app only works in the United States. For console history buffs out there, the Switch's predecessor, the Wii U, was available with YouTube, Hulu and Netflix streaming apps.

The official page for the Hulu app on Nintendo Switch is now down, but once the eShop refreshes you should be able to see it.

Nintendo Switch owners who have been waiting for a major streaming service to launch its app for their console will be pleased to find out that Hulu has become the first major streaming service for Nintendo's console.

It's somewhat surprising to see Hulu hit Switch before the more-ubiquitous Netflix, but the streaming service is on the rise, featuring much-discussed exclusives like The Handmaid's Tale, and a variety of favorites that were once Netflix-exclusive, like The X-Files, Bob's Burgers, and 30 Rock. And unlike Netflix, Hulu doesn't have a system for saving videos and watching them offline.


Hulu will be launching sometime later today. Players of Switch can expect full support from the publisher of Deus Ex, Final Fantasy, and many other games.

Nintendo debuted the Switch - a hybrid console that can be connected to a TV or used as a mobile device - in March 2017.

The press release lists this URL as Switch's Hulu webpage, but the page was not yet working as of publication time.

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