Hulu just officially announced the release of their new live steaming service called Hulu Live. Customers that want to access live TV content from channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and more can upgrade to a $39.99 monthly package. This new service is currently in beta and includes Hulu’s current $7.99 monthly on-demand service, which offers over 3,500 TV and film titles in addition to live TV channels.
What is included in the service?
The beta service comes with an entirely new interface for both mobile devices and TVs. Whether you are a new Live TV subscriber or an existing basic Hulu subscriber you’ll use the same app. Subscribers of the new service will receive up to six individual Hulu viewer profiles. Also included is up to 50 hours of cloud DVR storage and two simultaneous streams at no extra cost. This does lag behind Sling TV’s cloud DVR service which offers 100 hours of storage but for an additional cost users can upgrade to 200 hours of storage. The service also offers Kids Mode, which allows parents to set up a viewing profile for their children so they can enjoy access to Hulu’s full array of kid-friendly programming without the ability to browse the rest of Hulu’s catalog.
What channels are included?
Hulu’s service will include all four major network broadcasts and will be available in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Unfortunately, due to the complex nature of local broadcasting agreements, Hulu is not able to provide the big four networks nationwide and will only be available in select markets.
Currently, all stations owned and operated by companies invested in Hulu will be available. This includes The Walt Disney Company, Comcast (NBCUniversal,) 21st Century Fox, CBS affiliates, Turner Networks, A+E Networks, and Scripps Networks.
Here is a preliminary list of channels offered:
- CBS Sports
- Fox Sports
- NBC Sports
- Regional sports networks in top markets
- Fox News
- Fox Business
- Food Network
- Travel Channel
- Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
- Disney Channel
- National Geographic
Currently, Hulu does not have agreements with any Viacom networks so channels such as Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, BET, and CMT are not present. Another notable omission is AMC, which airs popular shows such as The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul.
Does Hulu Live carry regional sports networks?
Hulu states that they will offer regional sports networks in many areas. However, at this time, it is unclear which markets those will be. Blackout rules continue to be a challenge for all TV providers. Hulu Live will offer a feature that allows you to select your favorite sports teams and automatically record game to your cloud DVR.
What devices will Hulu Live be available on?
Currently, Hulu Live will be available on a multitude of streaming devices. The list of devices are:
- Apple TV
- Xbox One
- Android and iOS devices
Hulu is also currently working on supporting functionality with other devices such as:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Mac and Windows PCs
Are there any add-ons for Hulu Live?
- Enhanced Cloud DVR – Subscribers can increase their cloud DVR storage by paying an extra $14.99 per month. The Enhanced Cloud DVR includes up to 200 hours of recording storage and allows users to fast-forward through commercials.
- Unlimited Screens – This add-on is also $14.99 per month and allows users to watch as many simultaneous TV streams as you want. This add-on also allows up to three outside-the-home streams.
- Enhanced Cloud DVR and Unlimited Screens – Subscribers can opt to combine the DVR and screen packages for $19.99, a savings of $10.
- Showtime – For an additional $8.99 per month, subscribers can Showtime to their package.
Will ad-free Hulu still be available?
Yes. For an additional $4 per month, Hulu will allow you to skip commercials and advertisements. It is important to note that not every program qualifies for ad-skipping.
What packages and pricing is available now?
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You can sign up for Hulu Live and learn more at https://www.hulu.com/live-tv.