Hulu and Nintendo bring streaming service to the Switch

Kelley Robertson
November 11, 2017

The Nintendo Switch has gotten its very first major video streaming service app today in the form of Hulu. The Hulu app is expected to go live along with the rest of the eShop updates later today.

If you're new to the service, you can get a free trial before paying the $7.99 monthly subscription fee for the Limited Commercials plan or $11.99 for the No Commercials plan. Hulu (with live TV) is the first U.S. streaming service to be released on the Switch. A decent suite of streaming options is no doubt on its way to the Switch, starting with Hulu. Like phones and tablets, game consoles offer a variety of non-game apps and video streaming services-at least, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 do.

It's been over six months since the Switch's release in March.

The Switch's portability makes it a great candidate for streaming services. Firstly, users will need to have a US-registered Switch account, which isn't too hard to do as the console itself is region-free - hurray! If you use the Switch in console mode more though, you might want to look into getting it for another console, or better yet, PC.


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". Likewise, the Switch now has a larger library of games than when it was first launched, which clearly reflects Nintendo's effort of putting games first.

The arrival of Hulu, however, likely means that the wait for non-game apps is coming to an end.

"Thought Nintendo Switch was just for games?" When other services like Netflix, Amazon and YouTube arrive, the Nintendo Switch will not only be a portable gaming console, but also a portable entertainment device.

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