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Hulu Live TV Service Now Available

Hulu’s long discussed live-TV service is now available. Those who like Hulu the way it is need not worry. You will still be able to sign up for just the original Hulu service if you like. The price of the live service is $39.99 a month. However, that includes the original Hulu service with commercials. If you want commercial free viewing on the original Hulu library, the cost of the live service is $43.99

Hulu like TV available on Android, iOS, Xbox One, 4th Gen Apple TV, Chromecast. You can sign up for a one month free trial to their live TV service. The free trial includes the upgraded DVR and Unlimited screens upgrade explained in the “Hulu Live TV Features” section below.

Hulu Live TV Channels

Hulu will offer the following cable channels on it’s live TV service: A&E, Boomerang, Bravo, BTN, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports Network, CNBC, CNN, CNNi, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News, FreeForm, FS1, FS2, FX, FXM, FXX, fyi, Golf, HGTV, HLN, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, MSNBC, National Geographic, Nat GEO Wild, NBCSN, Oxygen, Pop, SEC Espn, Sprout, Syfy, TBS, History, Travel, TNT, TruTV, Turner Classic Movies, USA, Viceland.

Hulu will offer live local CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX where they have deals with the local affiliate. They will also have On-Demand offerings. They have a great tool on their page that explains the channels you will receive in your zip code.

Other Hulu Live-TV Features

  • The basic package comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. You can upgrade to 200 hours and gain the ability to fast-forward through recorded commercials for an additional $14.99 per month.
  • Watch on 2 screens at once. You can upgrade to unlimited screens for $14.99 per month. This upgrade also gives you 3 screens while away from your home network.
  • Comes with 6 customizable profiles
  • Includes entire Hulu streaming library

Bottom Line

Overall, Hulu Live-TV offers all the bells and whistles you would get with a Multi-room HD\DVR cable subscription. However, that price tag comes to around $75. It’s a much better deal than cable TV, but the lack of AMC will be a big negative for some.

Hulu Live-TV is great for those wanting to drop their current cable TV or satellite provider. However, I see the price as a deterrent to those that have already cut the cord.

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View Comments (5)

  • so, similar to sling,just over double the cost...well over when you consider the additional for 4 tvs. just like cable, only worse.

    • I agree. However, I feel that if they can get AMC, then they have a good online solution for people who have more than 2 TV's and love their DVR. You're right though. It's pricy and not that much different than cable.

  • Dennis, I love reading you posts, keep them up! Another deterrent outside of the AMC and price you mention...it looks like the initial release of this does not have Roku support, like DIrecTV NOW and YouTube TV yet...still waiting for that with DirecTV NOW because we really like it and have had nearly zero issues as others have reported. I wish these developers would realize that and do things a little quicker. Even if I wanted the new Hulu my (2) HDMI ports on my TV are tied up with the Roku and Fire TV Stick, and I won't buy a new set just for this! Thanks again for your hard work and research.

    • Thanks for reading Chuck! It looks like Hulu is considering this a beta, so expect more devices to roll out soon.

  • Just misses the mark with no AMC, Walking Dead and Better Call Saul are two must haves in our home. Playstation Vue is lower cost and channel wise, Hulu has the better DVR. Head to head Vue wins.