Streaming service Hulu is coming to Nintendo Switch. Nintendo confirmed (somewhat unceremoniously) that the app will be released via the eShop this week in its weekly “Nintendo Download” email.
In a blog post, Hulu vice president of product Richard Irving confirmed that the app goes live today.
“We are very proud to announce that Hulu is the first US streaming entertainment service to debut on Nintendo Switch!” Irving said. “Beginning later today, Hulu subscribers will now be able to use their Nintendo Switch to stream all of their favorite TV whether they’re at home or on the go.
“The next time you start up your Switch, you’ll be able to download Hulu directly from the Nintendo eShop and immediately dive into the new, deeply personalized Hulu experience. You’ll be able to enjoy both our traditional on-demand subscription as well as our Hulu with Live TV plan and watch live and on-demand programming from more than 50 of the top news, sports and entertainment channels including all five of the major U.S. broadcast networks, ESPN, Fox Sports, CNN, FX, Bravo, TNT, A&E and more.”
Hulu is the first entertainment streaming app to hit the Switch in North America. The console’s predecessor, Wii U, had streaming apps for Netflix, Hulu and YouTube.
It’s been a big year for Hulu — and for Hulu subscribers — as the service has scored streaming rights to popular shows, wooing away series like Futurama, 30 Rock, Bob’s Burgers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files from Netflix. The streaming network also has a slate of original programming, including The Handmaid’s Tale and upcoming series like Marvel’s The Runaways, as well as original esports shows.
Update: This post has been updated with new details from Hulu’s announcement.