February 9, 2019

Hulu Live Review

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With the rising prices of cable and satellite TV, cutting the cord is becoming more popular. Viewers have been switching to over-the-top TV providers in recent years, which are cheaper compared to cable/satellite TV. One such provider is Hulu with Live TV.

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There are plenty of pros (and some cons) to the service, which we'll explore in this review. Read on to find out more.


Like other over-the-top TV services, Hulu with Live TV streams content over the internet. You'll need an internet connection and a smart device that can run the app.

Originally, Hulu provided on-demand content. However, Hulu with Live TV adds live channels to their package. You'll find local and cable channels with the service, as well as thousands of on-demand movie and TV shows.

To watch Hulu with Live TV, all you need to do is sign up and download the app. Hulu with Live TV works with most smart devices, such as Mac, PC, Apple, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and many others. There's no contract either, so you stop and start your subscription anytime.


Hulu with Live TV's basic package includes:

  • Access to Hulu's on-demand library
  • 50+ live and on-demand TV channels
  • 50 hours of cloud DVR storage
  • Ability to watch on two screens at the same time

However, they also offer plenty of optional upgrades. Read on to find out more.


  1. You want to test the service before signing up: If you just want to test Hulu with Live TV before subscribing, you can. They offer a 7-day free trial for you to try out their service.

    However, you do need to register with a payment plan (credit card, PayPal, etc.). After the free trial, they'll start billing you monthly. If you cancel before your trial is up, it's free.

  2. You're looking for a cheaper alternative to cable/satellite TV: If you like watching TV but don't want to pay $60 - $100 per month, Hulu with Live TV is a great alternative. It's much cheaper than a monthly cable subscription and there's no contract. This means you can start and stop the service anytime, without having to worry about a commitment.

  3. You want a service with transparent pricing: This applies to most streaming TV services. Hulu with Live TV has transparent pricing, which means you won't get hit with fees for cable box rental or other added costs. You can expect to pay the same amount every month, without having to worry about increased costs in the second year.

  4. You want both on-demand and live TV: Most OTT TV providers provide either on-demand or live TV. Netflix is fully on-demand, while PlayStation Vue has mostly live TV channels. Hulu with Live TV has both live TV and on-demand content.

    The on-demand content library features thousands of shows and movies, while their live TV offers more than 50 channels.

    If you want the best of both worlds, Hulu with Live TV is a good choice.

  5. You want more content for less: When it comes to streaming services, Hulu offers a lot of content for its price.

    Sling TV seems like it's the cheapest, but there's actually a few channel overlaps between Sling Blue and Orange. Together, they only offer 50+ channels. That's about the same as Hulu with Live TV. However, Hulu also has more on-demand content than Sling.

    PlayStation Vue, on the other hand, has an impressive channel lineup, but it comes with a bigger price tag. Also, they don't offer as much on-demand content.

    DIRECTV Now is the biggest contender, offering more channels and a good on-demand library. However, if cost is your biggest concern, Hulu Live offers the most bang for your buck.

  6. You want to watch local channels: Previously, watching local channels wasn't easy. You had to either use an antenna or subscribe to cable. But getting good reception can be tricky and buying a cable subscription is expensive.

    Now, however, streaming services offer local channels too. Hulu with Live TV offers the four major networks - CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC. There are also a few sports channels, like ESPN, Fox Sports, and NBCSN.

    There is one downside - Hulu Live doesn't have AMC. If you're looking to get your latest fix of The Walking Dead, you're better off with another provider.

  7. You want to watch Hulu originals: Hulu has some great original series. Shows like The Handmaid's Tale, Castle Rock, Casual, and Difficult People are great titles available exclusively on Hulu.

    If you want to watch these shows as well as some live TV programming, Hulu with Live TV is a no-brainer.

  8. You want free cloud DVR: Hulu with Live TV comes with 50 hours of DVR storage, which you can save indefinitely. However, there is one downside - you can't skip through ads on recorded programming.

    For that perk, you're going to have to fork out for their Enhanced Cloud DVR. That bumps you up to 200 hours of storage and lets you skip ads on your recordings.

  9. You want to customize your subscription: Hulu with Live TV also offers plenty of upgrades. For a price, you can enjoy these perks:

    • Add premium networks such as Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, and Starz

    • Add additional channels from their Entertainment and Español add-ons

    • Upgrade the on-demand library to not include ads

    • Upgrade to the Enhanced Cloud DVR with over 200 hours and the ability to skip ads

    • Upgrade to unlimited streams, which lets you watch Hulu on any number of screens connected to your home network; you also get to watch it on three mobile device screens while you're on the go

  10. You can use a Hulu with Live TV account to log in to cable websites: A Hulu with Live TV account also lets you access various network sites and apps. For example, you can use your account to log in and stream content from channels like ABC, CBS, Disney, HGTV, Syfy, and many others.

    With the premium network upgrade, you can access HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, and Starz too. This could be handy if you'd like to access content from the network directly.

    For a full list of their partner networks, check here.


  1. Hulu with Live TV is missing a few channels: Specifically those from AMC Networks, Viacom (Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and MTV), Discovery (Animal Planet and Sci), and league-specific sports channels like NBA TV and NFL Network.

    Also, there aren't many other channels you can add. Their Entertainment Add-On package has CNBC World, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, FYI, and LMN.

    Their Español Add-On offers a few Spanish channels - CNN en Español, ESPN Deportes, History Channel en Español, and Universo.

    If you like channel surfing and want more channels, then it's better to go with other providers.

  2. You don't want to deal with ads: Hulu Live makes it so you have to pay extra if you don't want ads with your TV. Their on-demand content has ads in them, and it costs extra if you want it ad-free. Their cloud DVR doesn't allow you to skip through ads either - for that, you'll have to upgrade to their Enhanced Cloud DVR.
    If you hate ads and don't want to pay more to not have them, then it's better to go with another provider, like Netflix.

  3. You're a sports fan: Hulu Live isn't for diehard sports fans. While they do have a few sports channels like ESPN and Fox Sports, they don't have league-specific sports channels. You can't choose to add them either - Hulu Live doesn't carry it all.

    If sports is your focus, try FuboTV or DIRECTV Now - those will have better sports content.


Hulu with Live TV is a great choice if you want a little bit of everything for a reasonable price. You get a balanced selection of live channels, as well as access to their on-demand library. It's perfect for those who want the best of both worlds.

However, Hulu Live also does have a few limitations. They're missing a few channels like AMC and Comedy Central. If those are important to you, you might want to look elsewhere. Diehard sports fans will also find better sports content from other providers like DIRECTV Now and FuboTV.

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