Nintendo Switch gets first major streaming app

Dora Pope
November 11, 2017

While Netflix has yet to make its way to the console, the Switch has finally got its first video-streaming application outside of Japan, as Hulu becomes available in the US. It was...until today! We are very proud to announce that Hulu is the first United States streaming entertainment service to debut on Nintendo Switch! The Hulu app is expected to go live along with the rest of the eShop updates later today. The Hulu app will be free to download, but you'll either need to have an active subscription or start a free trial to watch anything.

Hulu is now available for the Nintendo Switch. In the first eight months of the console-handheld hybrid being out we have gotten some incredible Nintendo games, fun indie games, and now streaming services for when you're not in a gaming mood.

In many ways you have to admire Nintendo's restraint here in prioritising the gaming experiences on the Nintendo Switch. Helu's release on the Switch might mean other streaming apps might be released for the Switch.

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While some might argue that it's much simpler to just watch Hulu, Netflix and Amazon on your phone while on the go, the Switch does have its perks.

The Switch has been one of the Nintendo's best selling consoles to date. This was why the focus at first was exclusively on Nintendo Switch games. The first sign for this was the announcement of the spring 2018 release of Korg Gadget, a music production app, on the Nintendo Switch. It is really shaping up to be the flawless travel companion, with the option to play games while in transit and presenting many more entertainment options once in the hotel room.

"We're talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon - things that will come in time", Fils-Aime told the Washington Post shortly after Switch launched.

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