Originally Posted by mdavej
So to summarize, you guys are saying Hulu is now 1080p because it "looks really good" on Apple TV, Chromecast and Fire TV, and you're getting a 4 Mbps bitrate? Do any of those have any sort of diagnostic info you can use to confirm? Does Hulu have any test videos like Netflix that show the resolution and bitrate? Michael Scott, what are you seeing on your Tivo with Hulu and 1080p pass-thru?
I'd test all of this myself, but I'd forgotten that I put my account on hold for several months.
I'm an Android developer so I wrote an Android TV app for my NVidia Shield TV to see if I could get the amount of data transferred. Other Android devices have a listing for Data Usage under Settings but it is missing from Android TV.
There is a function that shows total bytes received one can use to do this. It shows the total bytes presumably since the device was powered up (it's always on standby). The app saves the current value on exit and when run again gives the difference between the previous value and the current one. So when run after a show you can see how much in megabytes was transferred for a show. A little math and you can get the megabits per second.
I'm seeing 4 mbps on some but Sunday night can be iffy and last night there was even rebuffering and a couple failure messages on Hulu's "Billionaire". Probably post football streaming contention. So no 4 mbps there. Episodes of shows I watched on Netflix afterward were 5.x mbps and SuperHD.
Like Reddice said one can tell the difference between 1080p and 720p. Most got used to this between watching HD on broadcast TV with Fox and ABC being 720 and NBC and CBS 1080. If you work with video the difference becomes even more apparent.
If you read the article you would see that Hulu's chief tech is doing things on Chromecast devices first. Business-wise it would probably not be a good idea to announce 1080p until it's available on all devices which can be updated to support it.
Unfortunately Michael seems to have the new UI but NOT the new player API. Sometime last year they dropped showing bitrate settings with options. That was even announced. I checked it on the the app last night to be sure.