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Hulu is introducing a new interface to its Apple TV users, with a dedicated sidebar for navigation. The update replaces the previous navigation bar that was located at the top of the app. According to Hulu, the new design will make it easier for users to move around the app.
Cord Cutters News first spotted the new design, and Hulu later confirmed the rollout to TechCrunch. The new design will apply to the Hulu app on living room devices, including Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Android TV, as well as smart TVs from Vizio, Samsung, and LG.
Hulu explains that the navigation menu will move to the left side of the screen on living room devices over the next few weeks. Users can press “back” to open the menu for easy access to TV, movies, My Stuff, and more.
Previously, users had to swipe all the way to the top of the app and then swipe left or right to switch between different categories of content. Hulu believes that the change to a sidebar-based navigation system will make it easier for users to navigate the app.
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Other than the new sidebar, the design is pretty much the same as before. Hulu last unveiled a major redesign of its app in 2020, although it has made some interface tweaks based on that design over the last three years.
The new design will start rolling out today and will be available to all users and living room devices “in the coming months”.