Hulu today announced the first release of the remote control experience for Hulu Plus. As its name implies, the new function lets you use your mobile phone or tablet to control the Hulu Plus app on your living room device, including the Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

All you have to do is launch the Hulu Plus app on your Android or iOS device, and your gaming console system will be detected directly through the app (the console must be turned-on and logged into the same Hulu Plus account). Once detected, a “cast” button will appear on your phone or tablet and let you pair it with your living room device.

RemoteControl Main Hulu Plus Remote Control lets you navigate the TV with your mobile device, switch between the two on the fly

In short, the company says it is “expanding on the great Chromecast support we successfully launched last year.” You get access to all the controls you would expect: pause/resume, seek, and 10-second rewind.

Yet it’s more than that. If you need to move away from your TV, you can switch back to watching on your phone or tablet with the press of a button. Tap the button again, and you’ll go back to casting to any TV in your home connected to a gaming console.

Hulu says there is more to come in the area of mobile plus TV:

The Hulu Seattle and Santa Monica teams are always creating new connected experiences so that you, our subscribers, can have more great ways to enjoy Hulu Plus in the living room. We launched the remote control functionality with the goal of finding and consuming your favorite content easier than ever. And this is only the beginning – we will continue to add remote control functionality to more living room devices over the coming months.

We look forward to it.

See also – Hulu signs CBS deal to bring 2,600 new episodes to its paid-for Hulu Plus streaming service and Hulu Plus app launches for Xbox One with snap support and achievements

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