According to Ars Technica, the first one to notice the news from Hulu support page, Hulu streaming service will no longer support some of the older Roku devices as of June 24th. The news was disclosed on May 26th 2020 by the official subscription-based streaming service with an update to its support pages. The users who will be using older Roku devices will get to see messages like, “Hulu streaming service is no longer supported on this device”, or simply “Your user session has expired,” according to Hulu website.
The affected Roku models were released in 2012 or earlier. It also includes Roku players with a model number between 2400 to 3100 and Roku Streaming Sticks with a model number of 3420 or earlier. Well, those older Roku devices were already running the classic Hulu app. The classic Hulu app is a more limited version of Hulu. Interestingly, it lets you access content from Hulu’s library and Showtime.
On the other hand, the Hulu streaming service app on newer Roku devices lets you access those as well as live TV and more premium channels too. But the condition is that you have to certainly subscribe to it. The latest Roku devices that support the Hulu app must be updated to firmware 8.1 or higher to get it.
Now talking about why Hulu ended supporting older Roku devices is quite clear. It is because not only did Hulu ended the support, but Netflix did the same last year too. Netflix stopped working on some older versions of Roku streaming devices in November 2019. It was because they didn’t support the DRM that Netflix now uses. Also for Netflix, older Samsung and Vizio devices lost their support due to the same reason.
Hulu Supports the Following Roku Streaming Devices
Talking about Netflix, on the other hand, Hulu has also stopped supporting older devices from other manufacturers as well. For instance, Hulu stopped working on LG TVs that were made in 2014 or earlier as of July 2019. Below is a list of the different Roku devices that are still supported by the Hulu streaming service app.
- Roku Ultra
- Premiere and Premiere+ version of Roku
- Roku Express and Express+
- Roku 3 and 4
- The Roku 2 (model 4210)
- Roku Streaming Stick (model 3500 or later)
- Roku TV
- 4K Roku TV
Via: Ars Technica