Hulu competes with Netflix and Amazon to attract millions of viewers each month, so making its core player work better could help retain its audience. Now when you pause a video, the player lets you know what video is in progress and how much time is left. The player’s settings (pop-out player, closed captions, lower lights, etc.) have also been simplified by putting them all in a single place.
Personally, I find the new interface to be more polished than before, and the videos themselves seem to run a little more smoothly. Take a look at another shot of the video player options below: