When you’re just relaxing and watching a streaming service, there is nothing worse than having something interrupt your experience. This is true regardless of whether you are watching Hulu or watching a different streaming service. One thing that people often complain about with respect to Hulu (and other services) is that the footage begins to dim after a while, which can be quite bothersome. Why does this happen, and how can you stop this from happening?
If Hulu is dimming, there are multiple potential reasons why this may be happening. One of the most common reasons reported is a problem with Hulu dimming at the beginning and end of episodes, though sometimes, the dimming may occur smack dab in the middle of the episode. For many, the only way to fix this is to pause and unpause, or back out and play the episode or movie again. This problem can also occur if an advertisement plays.
But why does this happen? And is there any way to stop it from happening anymore?
Why Does Hulu Keep Dimming?
Dimming is something that occurs as part of a number of apps and websites, and the reason why the site dims may vary from site to site. For Hulu, dimming has been reported occurring in multiple scenarios, including having the show or film dim at the beginning and/or end. This is not a normal function, or at least, it is not operating as it should. There have been reports that the problem has been fixed, although there are still recent complaints about Hulu dimming.
Things get even worse when Hulu decides to dim smackdab in the middle of an episode or movie. After all, the last thing you want to have to deal with when enjoying a show is Hulu deciding to force you to fix the problem yourself. But how do you get around to fixing it anyway? Well, thankfully, the fix for this is a simple one, although still a tedious and needless fix.
This is likely going to be an issue with watching on televisions, as the cause of the issue may be due to the television auto-adjusting its settings in error. Another example would be with the auto dimming feature present on some televisions. If this is enabled, it may be the cause. A good way to figure out whether this is a problem with this or Hulu would be to see if the problem persists consistently with other streaming services.
What do I do to stop Hulu from dimming?
If an episode dims at the beginning, middle, or end of the episode, the best solution to the problem is to do one of two things. The first option is to try pausing and unpausing the stream. Another option would be to leave the show or movie you are streaming, and go back to it. Either one of these should be effective to un-dim Hulu, though neither of these solutions are a permanent fix, sadly. Still, this solution is a better one than simply doing nothing and letting Hulu stay dim.
Another problem users of the ad-supported Hulu streaming service have reported is that, after an ad finishes and the stream returns to what they were watching, the screen is dimmed. This is especially annoying, as it is essentially a punishment for not going ad-free, or not using an adblocker. For users watching Hulu on a Roku device, one solution would be to push the Options (*) button on the Roku remote when this happens. Scroll down until you see ‘Picture Mode’, and then navigate between the options (Normal, Sports, Vivid, Low Power, and Movie modes). Navigate out of Normal mode, and then return to it. Once again, however, this is not a permanent fix, as the next time an ad plays, you will have to do this fix once again.
How do I block ads from playing on Hulu?
If you are dealing with ads causing Hulu to dim, there are multiple solutions you can try here. The first would be to simply subscribe to the ad-free model, which should, at the very least, remove the ads from the equation. For those who still want to use Hulu and watch on smart TVs, this is likely to be the simplest solution. Granted, it is not the cheapest solution by any means. After all, going from $6.99 per month to $12.99 per month is the difference of $6, adding approximately $72 to your Hulu bill every month. However, that is not the only way you can prevent ads from playing on Hulu.
One option, an option that is both legal and inexpensive, is to simply get an adblocker when playing Hulu. This is most effective when done on a computer, but getting an adblocker on other devices might be a little trickier. For example, if you watch the Hulu app on your phone or tablet, an adblocker would be quite difficult to get working. However, if you watch Hulu through an ad-free browser like Adblock Browser, it may be much easier to get working. Smart TVs, meanwhile, do not have an open method of downloading apps like an adblocker. Thus, if you primarily watch Hulu on a smart TV, this won’t do you much good.
Will Hulu fix the problem anytime soon?
There have been reports that the dimming issue has been resolved by Hulu, which may well be true. However, if the issue is still occurring, the long-term solution would be to inform Hulu that you are experiencing issues with this. You can get in contact with Hulu’s support team here. If the problem continues to persist, the best way to fix it is to make it clear to Hulu that it is occurring.
Do other streaming services have issues with dimming?
While this is a rather annoying problem to have to deal with, you may wonder if it is a problem only found with Hulu. You can find reports of this occurring with other websites, including Amazon Video and Netflix.