Multitask while binge-watching with Hulu’s new picture-in-picture feature for iOS 9

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Hulu is taking advantage of iOS 9’s new picture-in-picture functionality to let you watch TV shows while performing other tasks. The streamer is the first major video service to include the new feature, which is only available on the latest iPads, for its recent iOS 9 app update. For Hulu users with compatible iPads, the new feature will allow you to check email while catching up on Top Chef or The Mindy Project.

Watching movies in this mode is fairly straightforward, as iMore points out. Once a video begins, a picture-in-picture control will appear to the right of ‘settings’ on the pop-up menu bar. After tapping this control, the Hulu screen will be positioned at the top of the home screen. From there, a user can open another app to browse the Internet, check social networks, or even play a game while watching. Users can also resize and reposition the video screen.

This new feature comes days after Hulu launched its $12 per month “ad-free” subscription option. The streamer has also beefed up its content this year: in addition to reviving The Mindy Project, which began a new season this week, Hulu now has rights to Seinfeld’s entire catalog, original TV series like Difficult People, an adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63, Casual, and The Way. The service, with 9 million users, still lags behind Netflix’s 57.4 million subscribers but it is becoming more competitive with the leading streaming video giant

The functionality is currently only available for users who have an iPad Air (or newer), or an iPad mini 2 (or newer). The iPad-only picture-in-picture feature also works in any video viewable within Safari or Apple’s native Videos app. No word yet on whether Netflix might offer a similar feature, but in the meantime, you can binge on Hulu and multitask to your heart’s content.

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