If you’re tired of paying a big cable bill each month, you may find that cutting the cord and subscribing to Hulu + Live TV is a great money-saving solution in 2023.
In this article, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about Hulu’s live television subscription service.
January 2023 Update:
- Thanks to price hikes activated in the final quarter of 2022, Hulu + Live TV customers now receive the ad-supported version of Disney+ as part of the $69.99 monthly subscription. It previously included ad-free Disney+.
- Hulu + Live TV added 14 new channels to its service in November 2022, including Hallmark Channel and The Weather Channel.
- Hulu has ended a promotional offer that allowed new customers to save $20 per month for the first three months of service.
- There is no free trial offer for new Hulu + Live TV customers in January 2023, either.
- Hulu is now offering a “Live Only” subscription for $68.99 per month. But that’s only a dollar less than what it costs to get both Hulu’s on-demand service ($7.99 per month as a stand-alone service with ads) and Disney+ ($7.99 per month as a stand-alone service with ads) with Hulu + Live TV’s $69.99 monthly base package. We suggest paying the extra dollar for those additional benefits.
What Is Hulu + Live TV? Team Clark Reviews the Live TV Streaming Service
Monthly Price: $69.99
Channels: 99 (Full list)
Free Trial: None (Sign up)
Cloud DVR Hours: Unlimited
Simultaneous Streams: 2
Local Channels: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC
Regional Sports: NBC Sports channels only
Supported Streaming Devices:
Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Apple TV and select smart TVs (Full list)
But what you may not know is that the company also has a live TV streaming service, called Hulu + Live TV, and it offers many of the most popular TV channels on the market.
The “plus” in the name means you’ll get both services for one price. So you’ll enjoy popular TV channels in addition to the aforementioned on-demand library from Hulu that includes popular original content like The Handmaid’s Tale.
Practically speaking, you’re receiving all three streaming services included with The Disney Bundle along with your Hulu + Live TV subscription.
And unlike cable or satellite, this will come without cable box fees, a dish or a long-term commitment. You can cancel at any time.
“What makes Hulu + Live TV interesting to me is that it’s a combo of Hulu on-demand programming and Hulu Live, which is basically like traditional pay TV,” money expert Clark Howard says.
Team Clark has tested Hulu + Live TV and the other major live TV streaming services. Read on to learn what you need to know before you sign up!
Table of Contents:
1. What Channels Do You Get With Hulu + Live TV?
Unlike many of its competitors that offer several different subscription options, Hulu + Live TV keeps it simple with just one basic package.
And it’s a pretty solid one.
For $69.99 per month, Hulu + Live TV includes dozens of channels and access to the provider’s entire streaming library. For an additional $5.99 per month, you can watch the on-demand content ad-free.
You’ll want to visit the website to confirm local channel availability by entering your ZIP code. Where I live, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliate stations are included with a Hulu + Live TV subscription.
(You may notice that many regional sports networks (RSNs) are not included; that’s because of contract disputes with a channel provider.)
Team Clark has assembled a searchable list of Hulu + Live TV’s channel offerings.
|Hulu + Live TV ($69.99)|
|ABC News Live|
|Big Ten Network|
|CBS Sports Network|
|Crime & Investigation|
|ESPN College Extra|
|FOX Business Network|
|FOX News Channel|
|FOX Sports 1|
|FOX Sports 2|
|Hallmark Movies & Mysteries|
|Lifetime Movie Network|
|Nat Geo Wild|
|OWN – Oprah Winfrey Network|
|The Weather Channel|
Add-On Channel Packages
Just because there is one basic live TV streaming package doesn’t mean your options are limited to that channel menu.
For additional fees, you can get add-on packages that are tailored to specific channel interests.
Sports fans will be happy to learn that Hulu + Live TV recently added a sports package that includes the popular NFL RedZone Channel for an additional $9.99 per month.
Check out all three of the available add-on packages below.
|Entertainment Add-on ($7.99)||Español Add-on ($4.99)||Sports Add-on ($9.99)|
|American Heroes Channel|
|Crime & Investigation|
|Discovery en Español|
|Great American Country|
|History en Español|
Disney+ and ESPN+ Are Now Included
Access to these streaming services was added in December 2021 as part of a service price increase from $64.99 to $69.99. The $69.99 subscription includes ad-supported Disney+ and ESPN+.
Disney+ is one of the more popular family-oriented video streaming services thanks to a content library that includes both legacy classics and new originals from brands like Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney and National Geographic.
ESPN+ offers live streams of select MLB, NHL, PGA and NCAA sporting events. It also has a robust on-demand library of sports-related content.
Premium Channels and Services
In addition to add-on channel packages, Hulu + Live TV also offers premium subscription services.
For example, you can pay $15 per month for an HBO Max subscription as a part of your monthly Hulu + Live TV bill. That content would be available to stream on your Hulu app alongside the content from your base subscription.
Here’s a sampling of the premium channels or services that are available through Hulu + Live TV:
- HBO Max
2. Does Hulu + Live TV Include DVR?
Hulu + Live TV has made some recent changes to its policy on DVR that are sure to make streamers happy.
All Hulu + Live TV customers get unlimited cloud DVR storage with their subscriptions. This lets you record and watch your favorite live TV shows, movies or sports games from any of your devices.
Hulu’s cloud DVR allows you to store your recorded content for up to nine months, and you’ll be able to skip through commercials on recorded content.
Keep in mind that this functionality is in addition to the entire on-demand library of Hulu, which comes included with your live TV subscription.
Here’s a quick video from Hulu showing how its DVR service works.
3. What Equipment Do I Need To Get Started?
One of the biggest perks of cutting the cord and opting into a service like Hulu + Live TV is the variety of ways in which you can enjoy the content.
Not only can you move seamlessly from device to device, but you can also take your recorded content with you thanks to the portability of the cloud DVR. So you can take your favorite movies and shows with you on vacation (more on this later).
You can watch Hulu + Live TV on your phone, tablet or computer. But many of us still like to enjoy entertainment on a television from the comfort of our couches.
Hulu + Live TV has you covered in that area, too.
The streaming service’s list of supported devices for TV includes:
- Android TV
- Apple TV (4th gen or later)
- Chromecast with Google TV
- Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- LG TV (select models)
- Nintendo Switch
- PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
- Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
- Samsung TV (select models)
- Xbox 360 and Xbox One
4. Can I Watch Hulu With Live TV on Multiple Devices at the Same Time?
While Hulu + Live TV is available on quite a few devices, you’re going to find that the number of devices you can use at the same time is somewhat restrictive.
You’re only allowed to watch on two screens at a time with your basic Hulu + Live TV subscription. However, you can upgrade to unlimited screens for an extra $9.99 per month. This gives you unlimited at-home streams and three additional streams for your portable devices.
That all seems simple enough, but you’ll have trouble if you try to use a “living room” device such as a smart TV, Roku stick or the like when you’re away from your primary residence.
You can’t access Hulu on a living room device outside of your home network, according to Hulu’s FAQ page. The live TV service is for use by a single household, so sharing a subscription is not allowed.
So what does that mean for travel?
According to Hulu’s website: “You’ll be able to stream Hulu on your mobile devices while you are traveling within the U.S. — just make sure you check in at Home before you leave. You’ll need to do this once every 30 days to avoid any interruptions in service.”
This requirement also rules out using one Hulu + Live TV subscription if you have more than one residence. Hulu’s same FAQ page suggests paying for a second subscription to remedy the issues of going back and forth between homes (yuck!).
Hulu + Live TV: Pros and Cons
|Access to local channels||The cost of add-ons can really add up!|
|Hulu’s on-demand streaming library is included.||Very few regional sports networks|
|Base package includes Disney+ and ESPN+.||Only two screens at once unless you upgrade|
If you’re looking to cut the cord from the cable company, Hulu is a great place to start your search for entertainment.
Hulu + Live TV offers a good variety of popular cable channels, which includes access to a good variety of sports and news channels in addition to your local channels. And the subscription comes with access to Hulu’s on-demand library for free.
However, when compared to YouTube TV, you may find that Hulu + Live TV is more restrictive on things like multiple streams, and watching content while traveling.
And since Hulu charges $5 more for a monthly subscription price, that may be hard to reconcile for streamers looking to get the most for their money.
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