Hulu introduces a new updated user interface that improves navigation and discovery of content.
Viewers can now navigate through collections vertically and explore within a collection by moving horizontally. This navigation pattern is something our viewers are accustomed to and matches the navigation pattern across Disney+ and ESPN+, making it easier for viewers who subscribe to the Disney bundle to switch between services and navigate with ease. When testing, viewers found it easy and intuitive to adjust to this updated navigation pattern as per the Hulu’s press statement.
Categories of content like TV, Movies, and Sports will be moved to the master navigation, which gives the viewers a clear pathway to find what they’re looking for. This new navigation provides an easy way to navigate our vast library of content with fewer clicks than before.
The new Hulu collection trays will continue to showcase content in a focused way while also using tile size as another way to communicate information. For example, new shows or movies we know you won’t want to miss will be larger in size. “Keep Watching” tiles however may be smaller, so viewers can see more of their titles at a glance and quickly return to their favorite shows with fewer clicks.
This update also has integrated backend enhancement with more personalized recommendations to help viewers discover more, faster.
Hulu’s new interface are first being rolled out to Roku and tvOS (Apple TV) devices and later will be coming to Android TV.
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