Subscribers of Hulu, who own either a Chromecast or a TV with inbuilt Chromecast or Google smart display (Nest Hub and Nest Hub Plus), will now be able to make use of the voice command operated Google Assistant to operate Hulu. The Google update with this facility is first being rolled out the Google Home app. Hence, all devices connected to the app will allow you to access the content associated with your Hulu subscription.
As per a Google spokesperson, “Hulu subscribers can now ask their Google Assistant to play thousands of hit TV shows and movies from their basic subscription catalogue on their Chromecasts, Chromecast built-in devices, and smart displays like Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max.”
To link Google Assistant with Hulu, follow the steps as described below:
- Launch the Google Home app on your phone
- Tap the icon for settings positioned towards the top
- Scroll to find the section allocated to Google Assistant Services
- On the menu, tap on “TV and Video” – You will land on a window with the heading that says “Videos and Photos”. Ignore the heading because you are certainly on the correct page; it’s just a design issue.
- Tap the “Hulu” icon
- You will be prompted to log in and that is what you should do to proceed
Enjoy the ability to use the voice control to play and pause any of the many TV shows and movies available in your subscription catalogue on your Google-linked device.
If you do not see the Hulu icon, don’t panic. The update is on its way to a lot of devices and might take some time to reach yours. When you do get the update, follow the steps and enjoy the functionality provided.
This is an addition to Google’s already existing abilities to operate other video streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Now and CBS All Access. If you haven’t already linked your Google Assistant with these, you can use this opportunity to do so now for the subscribed streaming services.
The integration will be available on Google Home app soon, but it’s worth the wait to see how it will be implemented. It could be through an app update or a server-side switch.