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Hulu Live TV Channels and Review

While I’ve mentioned Hulu in my articles on watching TV without cable,  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.

Hulu is currently offering a 1-week free trial to their live TV service.

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

. 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”, “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, 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 also provides access to HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax

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

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:

Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Abilene-Sweetwater KTXS
Albany-Schenectady-Troy WNYT WXXA
Albany, GA WSWG WALB WALB WFXL
Albuquerque, NM KOAT KOB KRQE
Alexandria, LA KALB KLAX KALB WNTZ
Amarillo, TX KFDA KAMR KCIT
Anchorage + Juneau KTVA
Anchorage, AK KYUR KTUU KTBY
Atlanta, GA WGCL WSB WXIA WAGA
Augusta-Aiken WRDW WFXG
Austin, TX KVUE KXAN KTBC
Bakersfield, CA KERO KBFX
Baltimore, MD WJZ WMAR WBAL WBFF
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Bangor, ME WABI WLBZ WFVX
Baton Rouge, LA WAFB WBRZ WGMB
Beaumont-Port Arthur KBMT KBMT KBTV
Bend, OR KBNZ KOHD KFXO
Billings, MT KTVQ KULR KHMT
Biloxi-Gulfport WLOX WLOX WXXV WXXV
Binghamton, NY WBNG WIVT WBGH WICZ
Birmingham (Ann and Tusc) WVTM WBRC
Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill WVVA WVNS
Boise, ID KIVI KTVB
Boston (Manchester) WBZ WCVB/WMUR WBTS WFXT
Boston (Manchester) WMUR
Bowling Green, KY ENKY (WNKY-DT2) WBKO
Bryan KAGS
Buffalo, NY WKBW WGRZ WUTV
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Burlington-Plattsburgh WCAX WPTZ WFFF
Butte-Bozeman KXLF KWYB KWYB
Casper-Riverton KCWY KFNB
Cedar Rapids-Wtrlo-IWC&Dub KCRG KFXA
Champaign WAND WRSP
Charleston-Huntington, WV WSAZ WVAH
Charleston, SC WCSC WTAT
Charlotte, NC WBTV WSOC WCNC WJZY
Charlottesville, VA WCAV WVAW
Chattanooga, TN WDEF WTVC
Cheyenne-Scottsbluff KGWN KCHY KLWY
Chicago WBBM WLS WMAQ WFLD
Chico-Redding KHSL KRCR KNVN KCVU
Cincinnati WCPO WLWT WXIX
Clarksburg-Weston WDTV WBOY
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Cleveland-Akron (Canton) WOIO WEWS WKYC WJW
Colorado Springs-Pueblo KKTV KRDO KOAA KXRM
Columbia-Jefferson City, MO KMIZ KQFX
Columbia, SC WLTX WOLO WIS WACH
Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston WCBI WTVA WLOV
Columbus, GA (Opelika, AL) WTVM WLTZ WXTX
Columbus, OH WBNS WCMH WTTE
Corpus Christi, TX KZTV KIII KRIS KUQI
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX KTVT WFAA KXAS KDFW
Davenport-R.Island – Moline KLJB
Dayton, OH WHIO WDTN WRGT
Denver, CO KCNC KMGH KUSA KDVR
Des Moines-Ames KCCI WOI KDSM
Detroit, MI WWJ WXYZ WDIV WJBK
Dothan, AL WTVY WRGX WDFX
Duluth-Superior (Chisholm) NBJR (KBJR) WDIO KSNB KQDS
Duluth-Superior 2 KBJR
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
El Paso KVIA KTSM KFOX
Elmira (Corning) WENY WENY WETM WYDC
Erie, PA WSEE WFXP
Eugene, OR KEZI KLSR
Eureka, CA KVIQ KAEF KBVU
Evansville, IN WEVV WFIE WEVV
Fairbanks, AK KXDF KYUR (KATN) KTVF KATN
Fargo-Valley City KXJB (KVLY) WDAY KVLY KVRR
Flint-Saginaw-Bay City WNEM WJRT WSMH
Fresno-Visalia KFSN KSEE KMPH
Ft. Myers-Naples WINK WZVN WBBH WFTX
Ft. Smith-Fay-Sprngdl-Rgrs KFSM KHBS KFTA
Ft. Wayne WFFT
Gainesville, FL WCJB WOGX
Grand Junction Montrose KJCT KKCO KFQX
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek WZZM WOOD WXMI
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Great Falls, MT KRTV KFBB KBGF KFBB
Green Bay – Appleton WBAY WGBA WLUK
Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem WFMY WGHP
Greenville, NC WCTI WITN WYDO
Greenville, SC WYFF WHNS
Greenwood-Greenville, MS WXVT (WNBD) WABG WABG
Harlingen-Wslco-Brnsvl-McA KVEO
Harrisburg-Lncstr-Leb-York WGAL WPMT
Harrisonburg, VA WSVF WHSV
Hartford & New Haven WFSB WVIT WTIC
Hattiesburg/Laurel, MS WDAM WDAM WHPM
Helena KHBB KTVH KHBB
Honolulu, HI KGMB KITV KHNL KHON
Houston, TX KHOU KTRK KPRC KRIV
Huntsville-Decatur (Flor) WHNT WAAY WAFF WZDX
Idaho Falls-Pocatello (Jackson) KIDK KXPI
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Indianapolis, IN WTTV WRTV WTHR WXIN
Jackson, MS WAPT WLBT WDBD
Jackson, TN WBBJ WBBJ WJKT
Jacksonville, FL WJAX WJXX WTLV WFOX
Johnstown-Atloona-St Colge WATM WWCP
Jonesboro, AR KJNB KAIT KAIT – D2 KJNB
Joplin-Pittsburg KOAM KFJX
Juneau, AK KYUR (KJUD) KJUD
Kansas City, KS KCTV KMBC KSHB WDAF
Knoxville, TN WVLT WBIR WTNZ
La Crosse-Eau Claire WKBT WXOW/WQOW WEAU WLAX
Lafayette, IN WLFI WPBY WPBI WPBI
Lafayette, LA KATC KADN
Lake Charles, LA KSWL KVHP KPLC KVHP
Lansing WILX WSYM
Laredo, TX KYLX KGNS
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Las Vegas, NV KTNV KVVU
Lexington, KY WYMT/WKYT WTVQ WLEX WDKY
Lima, OH WOHL WLIO
Lincoln & Hastings-Krny (Grand Island) KOLN KLKN KSNB KFXL
Little Rock-Pine Bluff KTHV KARK KLRT
Los Angeles KCBS KABC KNBC KTTV
Louisville, KY WLKY WHAS WAVE WDRB
Lubbock KCBD
Macon, GA WMAZ WGXA
Madison, WI WISC WKOW WMTV WMSN
Mankato, MN KEYC
Marquette WLUC
Medford-Klamath Falls KDRV KOBI KMVU
Memphis, TN WREG WMC WHBQ
Meridian, MS WMDN WTOK WGBC WGBC
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL WFOR WPLG WTVJ WSVN
Milwaukee, WI WDJT WISN WTMJ WITI
Minneapolis-St.Paul WCCO KSTP KARE KMSP
Minot-Bsmrck-Dcknsn (Wlstn) KBMY KFYR
Missoula KPAX KTMF KTMF
Mobile-Pensacola (Ft Walt) WALA
Monroe-El Dorado KNOE KNOE KTVE KARD
Monterey-Salinas KION NSBW (KSBW) KSBW KCBA
Montgomery-Selma WAKA WNCF WSFA
Myrtle Beach-Florence WMBF WFXB
Nashville, TN WTVF WSMV WZTV
New Orleans, LA WWL WDSU WVUE
New York WCBS WABC WNBC WNYW
Norfolk-Portsworth-Newpt Nws WTKR WVEC WAVY WVBT
North Platte, NE KNPL KNOP
Odessa-Midland KOSA KWES KPEJ
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Oklahoma City, OK KWTV KOCO KOKH
Omaha, NE KMTV KETV WOWT KPTM
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne WKMG WFTV WESH WOFL
Ottumwa-Kirksville KYOU
Paducah-Cape Girard-Harsbg KFVS WSIL WPSD KBSI
Palm Springs, CA KESQ KESQ KMIR KDFX
Panama City, FL WECP WMBB WJHG WPGX
Parkersburg, WV WIYE WTAP
Peoria-Bloomington WEEK WYZZ
Philadelphia KYW WPVI WCAU WTXF
Phoenix (Prescott) KPHO KNXV KPNX KSAZ
Pittsburgh, PA KDKA WTAE WPXI WPGH
Portland – Auburn, ME WMTW WCSH WPFO
Portland, OR KGW KPTV
Presque Isle, ME WAGM
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Providence-New Bedford WLNE WNAC
Quincy-Hannibal-Keokuk WGEM WGEM
Raleigh-Durham (Fayetvlle) WTVD WRAL WRAZ
Rapid City KOTA KNBN
Reno, NV KTVN KOLO KRXI
Richmond-Petersburg WTVR WRIC WWBT WRLH
Roanoke-Lynchburg WDBJ WSLS WFXR
Rochester, NY WHEC WUHF
Rochestr-Mason City-Austin KIMT KAAL KTTC
Rockford, IL WIFR WREX WQRF
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto KOVR KXTV KCRA KTXL
Salisbury, MD WBOC WRDE WBOC
Salt Lake City KSL KSTU
San Angelo KTXE KRBC
San Antonio, TX KENS KSAT KABB
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
San Diego, CA KFMB KGTV KNSD KSWB
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose KPIX KGO KNTV KTVU
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo KCOY KEYT KSBY KKFX
Savannah, GA WTOC WJCL WTGS
Seattle-Tacoma KIRO KING KCPQ
Sherman-Ada KXII
Shreveport, LA KSLA KTBS KMSS
Sioux City KCAU KTIV KPTH
Sioux Falls (Mitchell) KSFY KDLT KTTW
South Bend, IN WBND WNDU WSBT
Spokane, WA KREM KXLY KHQ KAYU
Springfield-Holyoke, MA WSHM WGGB WGGB
Springfield, MO KSPR KYTV KRBK
St. Joseph KCJO KNPG KNPN
St. Louis, MO KMOV KSDK KTVI
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Syracuse WSYR
Tallahassee-Thomasville WCTV WTXL WTWC
Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota) WTSP WWSB/WFTS WFLA WTVT
Terre Haute, IN WTHI WTHI
Toledo, OH WTOL WTVG WUPW
Topeka, KS WIBW KTMJ
Traverse City-Cadillac (Sault Ste. Marie) WWTV
Tri-Cities, TN-VA WEMT
Tucson (Sierra Vista) KOLD KGUN KVOA KMSB
Tulsa, OK KOTV KJRH KOKI
Twin Falls, ID KMVT KSAW KTFT
Tyler-Longview (Lfkn&Ncgd) KYTX KLTV KFXK
Utica, NY WKTV WKTV WFXV
Victoria KVCT
Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX/KBTX KXXV KCEN KWKT
Location CBS ABC NBC FOX
Washington, DC (Hagrstwn) WUSA WRC WTTG
Watertown, NY WWNY WVNC
Wausau-Rhinelander WSAW WAOW WZAW
West Palm Beach – Ft. Pierce WPBF WPTV WFLX
Wheeling-Steubenville WTOV
Wichita Falls & Lawton KAUZ KSWO KJTL
Wichita-Hutchinson Plus (Ensign/Goodland/Hays) KWCH KAKE KSAS
Wilkes Barre-Scranton-Hztn WBRE WOLF
Wilmington, NC WWAY WWAY WECT
Yakima-Pasco-Rchlnd-Knnwck KVEW KNDO
Youngstown WFMJ WYFX
Yuma-El Centro KSWT 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 of this billing cycle. (Usually within 30 days at most.)

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