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Picture in Picture: Hulu, MLB join the party

Note: This story has not been updated for several years.

Watching the Padres, reading Baseball Prospectus.

In my iOS 9 iPad productivity review I mentioned that I was salivating over the ability to watch MLB At Bat, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon—all the great shows!—in iOS 9’s awesome new Picture in Picture mode, which lets you play one app’s video in a floating window as you use another app.

Unlike the Split View mode, which requires an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, or iPad Pro, Picture in Picture is available on any iPad Air or iPad mini model except the original iPad mini—in other words, a whole lot of iPads.

On day one of iOS 9, there are already two app updates that are making my dream of little floating video windows everywhere into reality: MLB At Bat (pictured above) and Hulu (pictured below).

“Doctor Who” plays from Hulu as I use Safari.

Now, who knows if Netflix will ever support this feature? I’ve learned to never make assumptions given its refusal to allow offline browsing. But maybe Amazon Video will get in on the action next.

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