February 20, 2015
Hulu recently introduced a new feature called Watchlist that combines the Queue, Favorites, and Shows You Watch features that already exist on the platform into a single personalized interface. Much like the existing features, Watchlist lets users keep track of shows, pick favorites and keep a list of those they have already watched. The new feature also detects a user’s favorite shows and automatically curates a list based on those shows with the most favored programs conveniently listed at the top.
Watchlist keeps track of users’ viewing habits and automatically updates the lists of content when they have finished watching a particular program. Once a user has finished watching an episode or an entire season, the feature displays the next favored program in line.
The new feature has even simplified the way users go about following shows they wish to watch at a later time. “Now you can follow shows by clicking a plus ‘+’ button on Hulu.com on the Web, iPhone or iPad, or you can select the ‘add to Watchlist’ option on gaming consoles, connected TVs and set-top boxes, or Android devices,” TechCrunch reports.
Watchlist lets users continue a show with the simple click of a button and has a “Play All” option on the Watchlist interface for serious binge watching. TechCrunch also mentions that Watchlist is not a suggestions feature. In other words, the feature does not recommend new content to users based on their existing choices of programming.
To help users determine whether or not they have already seen something or whether the content being displayed is new, Watchlist has included thumbnails that give users that information at a glance. Although Watchlist can help users easily binge watch shows, Hulu is limited by the expiring content on its platform. TV episodes on Hulu expire after a while and content is limited to the most recent episodes.
Direct access to Watchlist is available via Hulu.com/getwatchlist but can also be accessed on “iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku players and TV models, PS3, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players,” TechCrunch reports.