Version 2.5 of the Hulu Plus App now involves a much improved form of Airplay mirroring, and counts as perhaps the most crucial new feature among all the additions made in the new version. So far, the Airplay mirroring was a watered down, disappointing render of what went on in your iPad fitted into your HDTV’s dimensions. That meant that HDTV screen images of 16:9 used to be directly streamed from your iPad in its 4:3 size ratio, and left it with prominent black bars due to the mismatch in the aspect ratios. The expanded Airplay mirroring will stream video at 16:9 from your iPad to your Apple TV, making the resulting stream almost full screen on your TV screen.
The iPad app interface has been overhauled as well. Now you can sort and browse Hulu’s multitude of TV shows according to their respective genres. You can also make the use of visual queues for scheduling what you want up next after you’re done with what you’re watching now. Hulu claims there are bug fixes and the video player has been optimized as well. Moreover, it’s optimized for the new iPad’s Retina display (which has a phenomenal 2048×1536 pixels crammed into 9.7 inches of screen space).
The official changelog is as follows:
What’s New in Version 2.5• Support for browsing and discovering new shows by genres• Re-engineered, optimized video player• Updated, nicer, more graphical user interface (for iPad)• Retina support (3rd-generation iPad)• Improved AirPlay mirroring and HDMI support (iPad 2 and above, iPhone 4S and above); try it out in split view on the iPad!• Miscellaneous bug fixes and enhancements