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Get ready to channel-surf.
If you already love Hulu, you’re going to love Hulu Live TV, the company’s new streaming service. With Hulu Live TV channels, you can watch your favorite shows and sports in real time, and you can channel-surf to your heart’s content.
The best part about it? Hulu with Live TV comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand catalog (a $7.99 monthly value). That way, if there’s not something on TV, you can catch up on Hulu originals, compelling documentaries, anime, and must-see movies on Hulu.
TL;DR: Hulu Live TV COST
- Hulu has live TV plans starting at 39.99/month.
- The service comes with 50-plus channels.
- Hulu offers a one-week free trial, and you can cancel at any time.
Hulu Live TV local channels
All of the major live TV streaming options now offer local channels in most major cities, but what you’re able to watch varies by location. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to find out what your Hulu Live TV package would look like. Just punch in your ZIP code when prompted here.
Here’s what shows up for Washington, D.C.:
As you can see, while there’s a strong selection of local channels with Hulu Live TV, I won’t be able to watch ABC live. That said, it is available as an on-demand channel, which means I’ll still be able to watch ABC shows as soon as they air. That’s a great compromise, but it does mean that I’ll miss any live sports on the network.
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Hulu live TV channels
Cost: $40-$44 per month
If you’re a sports fan, you’ll get your fill with the Hulu Live TV channel lineup. You get a suite of ESPN channels (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Goal Line), along with FS1 and FS2, NBC’s Golf Channel, and two college sports networks, Big Ten Network, SEC Network.
The only thing you might miss from your cable package is AMC.
Note: Hulu Live TV costs $40 per month, but you can upgrade to Hulu No Commercials for just $4 more. That won’t allow you to skip commercials during live programming, however; it only applies to on-demand content. You can learn more about other add-on features in our complete Hulu Live TV guide.
How does the Hulu Live TV channel lineup compare to the competition? See for yourself:
- DirecTV Now channels
- PlayStation Vue channels
- YouTube TV channels
- Sling TV channels
- FuboTV channels
- Philo channels
However, you might not want to get too used to these Hulu channels. In an October 2018 interview, CEO Randy Freer said Hulu may shift its focus toward more on-demand offerings, following the model of Amazon Prime, though it sounds like sports and news channels will continue to be prioritized. “We are going to become the wholesaler for a lot of these direct-to-consumer brands that are going to need a friendly wholesaler versus Amazon or Apple,” Freer said. “We have to be able to evolve so we can provide the customers the news and sports and entertainment in a way that makes sense, bundled in a way that allows us to create packages that have a positive margin.” Hulu certainly has a lot of room to grow with on-demand offerings. Right now, it only offers three premium add-ons—HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax (see below)—trailing most of its live TV streaming competitors.
Hulu live TV channel lineup:
- Big Ten Network
- Cartoon Network
- CBS Sports Network
- CNN International
- The CW
- The Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- ESPN 2
- ESPN Goal Line
- Food Network
- Fox Business
- Fox News
- NBC Golf
- The History Channel
- Lifetime Movies
- National Geographic
- Nat Geo WILD
- Olympic Channel
- SEC Network
- Smithsonian Channel
- Travel Channel
- Universal Kids
Hulu channels: The add-ons
Hulu with Live TV is notably lacking in add-on channels. You can subscribe to three premium movie channels at fairly standard prices—HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime—but you won’t be able to add NFL RedZone or NFL Network, for example, or more niche options, like horror streaming service Shudder.
Hulu with Live TV can be streamed using any of the following devices, and there’s no limit to the number of devices you can connect to your account: Roku, Apple TV,Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices.
However, it’s worth noting, with a basic Hulu with Live TV subscription, you can only stream on two devices at a time. For $14.99 per month, you can unlock unlimited screens in your home and three on mobile. If you’re planning on sharing the account, it’s practically essential. If you add unlimited screens, you can tack on 200 hours of enhanced cloud DVR (and the ability to fast-forward through all recorded content) for just $5 more per month; otherwise, the cloud DVR feature costs $14.99 per month.
Not sure what to watch on Hulu? Here are the best movies on Hulu, what’s new, the best shows on Hulu, the sexiest movies you can stream on the service, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals. Looking for something more specific? Here are the best thrillers and action movies to get your heart racing, classic movies when you want a blast from the past, sad movies when you need a good cry, and funny movies on Hulu when you need a good laugh.
Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.