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Hulu Live TV Channels and Review

While I’ve mentioned Hulu in my articles on cable TV alternatives,  today I’m going to provide you with everything you need to know about Hulu. I’ll provide details on Hulu’s Live TV service and the original On Demand streaming library. Ultimately this will help you determine if the content available through Hulu is worth the monthly cost.

What is Hulu TV

Hulu is an internet-based TV streaming service that boasts one of the largest TV show library available online today. Hulu also offers a Live TV service that combines with their immense streaming library of shows.

Hulu is a joint venture between Fox, NBCUniversal, and Disney that provides online TV shows and movies to Internet-connected devices. Most shows on ABC, Fox, NBC, and The CW are available one day after they air their national broadcast. If you purchase the Hulu Live TV option you can watch shows as they air.

While Hulu is ad-supported, there are options that will allow subscribers to completely avoid watching commercials when streaming on demand. Hulu also offers a back catalog of movies and TV shows originating on cable and network television. They have also recently developed a strong stable of original content, including their newest hit, The Handmaid’s Tale.

How Much Does Hulu Cost

Customers have a few choices when it comes to services. The decision depends whether you want live TV along with streaming and if you want to watch on-demand content “ad-free.” The first plan costs $7.99 per month and includes “limited commercials”. The other option costs subscribers $11.99 per month and provides users with an “ad-free” experience.

New customers can sign up for a 1 month free trial for their on demand service.

The price of the Hulu live service is $39.99 a month. However, that includes the original Hulu service with commercials. If you want “ad-free viewing” on the original Hulu library, the cost of the live service is $43.99

I’ve put “ad-free” in quotes as there are some shows that air commercials before and after the show. Otherwise, the show streams uninterrupted. This is due to licensing agreements with the content providers. The following shows fall into this category: Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, New Girl, Grimm, and How To Get Away With Murder.

The price of the Hulu live service is $39.99 a month. However, that includes the original Hulu streaming service (the on-demand library) with commercials. If you want commercial free viewing on the original Hulu library, the cost of the live service is $43.99

Hulu also provides a way to watch Showtime without cable. Subscribing to the Showtime add-on service through Hulu provides everything Showtime offers to its pay TV subscribers without having to carry the weight of a cable TV subscription. It’s available with both the Hulu Streaming Library and the Hulu Live TV Service.

Once signed on to the on-demand service, you can upgrade to Live TV and other add-ons. The table below shows how much Hulu costs per month for each service.

Monthly Price

Simultaneous Streams

Service Description

$7.99

1

Hulu On Demand with ads

$11.99

1

Hulu On Demand without ads

$39.99

2

Hulu Live TV and On Demand with ads

$43.99

2

Hulu Live TV and On Demand without ads

add $14.99

2

Hulu Live TV – add Enhanced DVR

add $14.99

Unlimited

Hulu Live TV – add Unlimited Streams

Hulu Streaming Library

While Hulu just released their Live TV service in 2017, their original streaming library is still available to customers. The streaming library airs the current season of most hit shows airing on ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and The CW. New episodes are typically available for streaming one day after they air on their respective networks. This means you can watch the latest seasons of shows like “Empire”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine, “The Flash”, “Modern Family”, “The New Girl”, “Once Upon a Time”, and more.

In addition to the latest episodes of network TV, Hulu provides thousands of episodes of hit TV shows on cable. Granted, many are on a one season delay. Meaning Hulu won’t provide a season until it’s roughly a year old. However, there are a few exceptions. If this is a concern, you may want to look into the Hulu Live TV service which I’ll get to in a moment. It includes a cloud DVR for recording shows.

Hulu also has a fairly decent arsenal of original programming. Shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “The Path”, “Difficult People”,  and “The Mindy Project” are only available on Hulu, adding additional value to the service.

In addition to a vast library of TV shows, Hulu also offers a decent selection of movies.You can check here to see what is new every month on Hulu.

Hulu Live TV Service

Hulu live TV is available on Android, iOS, Xbox One, 4th Gen Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV and stick. Hulu provides a 1-week free trial to Live TV for you to test drive the service. The free trial includes the upgraded DVR and Unlimited screens upgrade explained in the “Hulu Live TV Features” section below.

What Channels are On Hulu

Hulu will offer the following cable channels on its live TV service: A&E, Boomerang, Bravo, BTN, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports Network, Chiller, CNBC, CNN, CNNi, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN-U, 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. There is a section below showing all the local channels available on Hulu.

Hulu Live-TV Features

How to Watch Hulu On TV

Hulu’s Live TV service is currently supported on Android, iOS, Xbox One, 4th Gen Apple TV, Chromecast. Hulu announced more devices will be supported in the future. However, Hulu’s streaming library is supported by the following popular streaming devices

Here is a full listing of devices supported by Hulu. If you do not have one of these streaming devices, Hulu is supported by the major computer browsers. Therefore, you can simply hook your laptop or PC to your television and use your TV as a monitor. I explain how to do this in my guide on How to watch Netflix on your TV. Hulu is supported on the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10 or above, Firefox 15 or above, Safari 5 or above, Chrome, or Edge.

How Does Hulu Work

Once you subscribe to Hulu, you are provided with a one-week free trial.  If you cancel your subscription in the trial period you will not be charged a subscription. After that, you are charged monthly and can cancel at any time with no penalty.

Depending on the device you are using, setting up Hulu may vary. However, in all cases, it’s very straightforward. Setup typically involves downloading an app to the device and simply logging in with the username and password you used when you signed up for Hulu.

The service itself is extremely stable. I’ve been a subscriber for over 2 years and have never had an issue. I can’t even remember ever having an instance when a show was dropped or even buffered. Hulu is one of the most dependable streaming services I have ever used.

Content on Hulu is 720p HD when available. In other words, if the show has availability in 720p high definition, Hulu will offer it in that resolution. To stream Hulu in 720p HD it’s recommended you have an internet connection speed of at least 3 Mbps. However, you can stream in standard definition with just 1.5 Mbps without much buffering.

I’m a Hulu Subscriber and find the service to be well worth the money. I currently have the $11.99 per month ad-free streaming subscription. With that said the quality of service and content available make Hulu On Demand a great value at either price. If Hulu has the content you want, it’s well worth the price. Hulu is easily a top-notch 5-star streaming service.

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. I see this option as less for cord cutters, and more for those looking to not have a year long contract with a cable provider. I personally find it a much better deal than cable TV

Hulu Frequently Asked Questions

Being a popular service, I get a ton of questions about Hulu. You can find the answer to all of them below.

Does Hulu Offer a Free Trial

Yes, You can try the Hulu On Demand service free for 1 month. The Hulu Live TV service offers a 1-week free trial.

What Shows Are On Hulu?

Readers want to know what’s on Hulu. Of course, the Hulu Live TV service will offer all the shows on the networks the service carries. As for their streaming library, there are a ton. There are original shows like  “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “The Path”, “Difficult People”,  and “Chance.”

There are network and cable TV hits like “This is Us”, “Empire”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine, “Inside Amy Schumer”, and “Fargo”

There are also a ton of classic TV shows available like “Seinfeld”, “Arrested Development”, “Cheers”, “Twin Peaks”, and more.

There are too many shows available to list here. If you want to know what to watch on Hulu, this website does a great job of keeping track of new movies available on Hulu.

What is Hulu Plus?

Hulu Plus or (Hulu+) no longer exists. When Hulu first started, they would offer a free version that you could watch online. The Hulu Plus version was a paid version of Hulu that opened up more content and provided customers with the ability to use mobile and streaming devices.

How Many Devices Can you Have On Hulu?

Hulu’s on-demand service only allows one stream at a time. However, that stream can be on any supported device you choose.

The Live TV service allows 2 simultaneous streams. The Live TV service also allows you to upgrade to unlimited screens for an extra $14.99 per month.

How Many People Can Watch Hulu at the Same Time?

The Hulu Live TV service allows for 2 simultaneous streams per account, while the on-demand service allows one stream. To clarify, this does not mean you can watch 2 live streams and 1 on-demand stream at the same time. Customers with the live service are capped at 2 simultaneous streams. However, those with Hulu Live TV service opting for the unlimited screens feature (+$14.99 per month) can have as many people watching at the same time as long as they are part of the same household.

What Local Channels are on Hulu?

The table below shows all the local affiliates available on Hulu:

Market STATE CBS ABC NBC FOX
Abilene-Sweetwater TX KTXS
Albany GA WSWG WALB
Albuquerque NM KRQE
Alexandria LA KALB KLAX WNTZ
Amarillo TX KFDA
Anchorage AK KYUR KTBY
Atlanta GA WGCL WAGA
Augusta-Aiken GA WRDW
Austin TX KVUE KTBC
Bakersfield CA KERO
Baltimore MD WJZ WBAL
Bangor ME WABI WLBZ
Baton Rouge LA WBRZ
Bend OR KBNZ KOHD KFXO
Buffallo NY WGRZ
Billings MT KTVQ KHMT
Biloxi-Gulfport MS WLOX WXXV
Birmingham (Ann and Tusc) AL WVTM
Binghamton NY WBNG
Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill WV WVVA
Boise ID KIVI KTVB
Boston (Manchester) MA WBZ WBTS WFXT
Bowling Green KY WNKY
Bryan TX KAGS
Market STATE CBS ABC NBC FOX
Burlington (Plattsburgh NY) VT WCAX WPTZ
Butte-Bozeman MT KXLF KWYB
Casper-Riverton WY KCWY KFNB
Cedar Rapids-Wtrlo-IWC&Dub IA KCRG
Charleston-Huntington WVgr WSAZ
Charlotte NC WCNC WJZY
Charlottesville VA WCAV
Cheyenne-Scottsbluff NE KGWN KLWY
Chicago IL WBBM WLS WMAQ WFLD
Chico-Redding CA
Cincinnati OH WLWT
Clarksburg-Weston WV WDTV
Cleveland-Akron (Canton) OH WOIO WJW
Colorado Springs CO KKTV KRDO KXRM
Columbia SC WLTX WOLO
Columbia-Jefferson City MO KQFX
Columbus GA WTVM
Columbus OH WBNS
Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston TN WDEF WLOV
Dallas-Ft. Worth TX KTVT KXAS KDFW
Dayton OH WHIO
Market STATE CBS ABC NBC FOX
Denver CO KCNC KUSA KDVR
Des Moines-Ames IA KCCI
Detroit MI WWJ WJBK
Dothan AL WTVY
Duluth-Superior KBJR KSNB
Elmira(Corning) NY WENY
Erie PA WSEE WFXP
Eugene OR KEZI KLSR
Eureka CA KVIQ
Evansville IN WEVV
Fargo-Valley City ND KVLY
Flint-Saginaw-Bay City MI WNEM
Fresno-Visalia CA KFSN
Ft. Myers-Naples FL WINK
Ft. Smith AR KFSM
Gainesville FL mWCJB WOGX
Market STATE CBS ABC NBC FOX
Grand Junction MI WXMI
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek CO KFQX
Great Falls MT KRTV KFBB
Green Bay-Appleton WI WGBA
Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem NC WFMY lWXII WGHP
Greenwood-Greenville MS WABGh
Greenville-N.Bern-Washington NC WCTI WITN
Greenvll-Spart-Ashevll-And SC WYFF
Harrisonburg VA WSVF WHSV
Harrisburg-Lncstr-Leb-York PA WGAL
Hartford & New Haven CT WFSB WVIT WTIC
Helena MT KHBB
Hattiesburg/Laurel MS WHPM WDAM
Huntsville-Decatur FL WHNT WAAY WAFF
Houston TX KHOU KTRK KPRC KRIV
Idaho Falls-Pocatello (Jackson) WY KIDK KXPI
Indianapolis IN WTTV
Jackson TN WBBJ-DT3 WBBJ WJKT
Jacksonville FL WJAX WTLV
Jonesboro AR KJNB KJNB
Joplin MO KOAM KFJX
Juneau AK KJUD
Kansas City MO KCTV KMBC hKSHB
Knoxville TN WVLT WBIR
La Crosse-Eau Claire WI WKBT WXOW WEAU WLAX
Market STATE CBS ABC NBC FOX
Lafayette IN WLFI WPBY WPBI
Lafayette LA KADN
Lake Charles LA KPLC
Lansing MI WILX WSYM
Laredo TX KYLX KGNS
Las Vegas NV KVVU
Lexington KY WKYT/WYMT WTVQ
Lima OH EOHL (WOHL) WLIO
Lincoln & Hastings-Krny NE KOLN KLKN
Little Rock AR KTHV
Los Angeles CA KCBS KABC KNBC KTTV
Louisville KY WLKY WHAS WAVE WDRB
Lubbock TX KCBD
Macon GA WMAZ
Madison WI WISC
Mankato MN KEYC
Meridian MS WMDN WGBC
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale FL WFOR WTVJ
Market STATE CBS ABC NBC FOX
Memphis TN WREG
Milwaukee WI WITI
Minneapolis MN WCCO KMSP
Minot-Bsmrck-Dcknsn(Wlstn) KBMY
Missoula MT KTMF
Mobile-Pensacola AL WALA
Monroe-El Dorado AR KNOE KARD
Monterey-Salinas CA KION
Montgomery AL WAKA WNCF WSFA
Myrtle Beach SC WMBF
Nashville TN WTVF
New Orleans LA WWL FWDSU WVUE
New York NY WCBS WABC WNBC WNYW
North Platee NE KNPL
Norfolk VA WKTR WVEC
Odessa-Midland TX KOSA KPEJ
Oklahoma City OK KWTV
Omaha NE KMTV WONT
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne FL WKMG WESH WOFL
Palm Springs CA KESQ KDFX
Peoria-Bloomington IL WEEK
Providence RI WNAC
Market STATE CBS ABC NBC FOX
Panama City FL WECP-LD WJHG
Parkersburg WV WIYE
Philadelphia PA KYW WPVI WCAU WTXF
Phoenix (Prescott) AZ KPHO KPNX KSAZ
Pittsburgh PA KDKA WPXI
Portland OR WCSH KPTV
Presque Isle ME WAGM
Raleigh-Durham (Fayetvlle) NC WTVD
Reno NV KTVN KOLO
Richmond VA WTVR
Roanoke-Lynchburg VA WDBJ WSLS WFXR
Rockford IL WIFR WQRF
Rochestr-Mason City-Austin KIMT
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto CA KOVR KTXL
Salisbury MD WBOC
Salt Lake City UT KSL
San Antoinio TX KENS KABB
San Diego CA KNSD
Market STATE CBS ABC NBC FOX
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose CA KPIX KGO KNTV KTVU
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo CA KCOY KSBY KKFX
Savannah GA WTOC
Seattle-Tacoma WA KIRO KING
Sherman-Ada TX KXII
Shreveport LA KTBS
Sioux City SD KSFY
Sioux Falls IA KTIV
Spokane WA KREM
Springfield-Holyoke MA WSHM WGGB
Springfield MO KSPR
St. Joseph MO KNPN
St. Louis MO KMOV KSDK
Tallahassee-Thomasville FL WCTV WTWC
Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota) FL WTSP WTVT
Terre Haute IN WTHI
Toledo OH WTOL WTVG
Topeka KS WIBW KTMJ
Travers City-Cadillac MI WWTV
Tri-Cities VA WEMT
Tulsa OK KOTV KJRH
Tucson AZ KVOA
Twin Falls ID KMVT KTFT
Tyler-Longview TX KYTX KLTV
Utica NY WKTV
Victoria TX KVCT
Waco-Temple-Bryan TX KBTX/KWTX WCEN KWKT
Washington DC WUSA WRC WTTG
Watertown NY WWNY
Wausau-Rhinelander WI WSAW
Wichita-Hutchinson KS KWCH
West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce FL WPTV
Wichita Falls TX KJTL
Wilmington NC WWAY
Yuma-El Centro AZ KECY KECY

Why Does Hulu Have Commercials?

Hulu provides an ad-free option to On-Demand streaming. However, the live service will include ads. Even with the ad-free service, a few shows will have an ad at the beginning of the show. This is due to licensing agreements with the owner of the show.

How Do You Cancel Hulu?

It’s extremely easy to cancel Hulu. Simply follow these steps.

  1. Log in to your Hulu account.
  2. Click on your profile name in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  3. Under Your Subscription, click “Cancel Subscription.”
  4. Provide a reason for canceling
  5. Finalize your cancellation.
  6. It will cancel at the end this billing cycle. (Usually within 30 days at most.)

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