Hulu Arrives Today As First Streaming Service For Nintendo Switch In The U.S.

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The Nintendo Switch has proven itself to be a rather standout hybrid gaming console (and a breakout sales hit), which is able to be connected to a big screen TV or used on-the-go thanks to its integrated 6.2-inch display. While gaming is the primary focus of the Switch, Nintendo is looking to expand the versatility of the platform. That expansion takes a big step forward today with the release of the Hulu streaming app for the Switch.

Hulu represents the first streaming service to land on the Nintendo Switch in the United States. While it doesn't have the cachet of say, Netflix, this move definitely opens the door for other streaming services to embrace the platform. For console history buffs out there, the Switch's predecessor, the Wii U, was available with YouTube, Hulu and Netflix streaming apps.

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Given the hybrid nature of the Switch, you should be able to enjoy Hulu on your television (1080p) or on the device itself in portable mode (720p). Due to the Switch's meager specifications, don't expect to be output at 4K to your fancy new high-end TV.

"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," writes Richard Irving, Hulu VP of Product. "You’ll be able to enjoy both our traditional on-demand subscription as well as our Hulu with Live TV plan and watch live and on-demand programming from more than 50 of the top news, sports and entertainment channels including all five of the major U.S. broadcast networks, ESPN, Fox Sports, CNN, FX, Bravo, TNT, A&E and more."

The Hulu app will be available as a free download from the Nintendo eShop starting at noon EST today.