May 8, 2020

What Does Hulu Offer

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Are you tired of paying crazy-high cable prices? Hulu may offer the replacement you need at a fraction of the price.

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What started as an on-demand streaming service quickly became one of America's most popular live TV services.

While it may seem overwhelming to switch from tried-and-true cable to a service that requires internet and has so many other requirements, it's not as bad as you think. Not only does Hulu save you money, it provides you with a variety of great shows and channels that you may not have otherwise.

What Is Hulu?

Hulu is a streaming TV service. It requires an internet connection and a compatible device (more on this below). Hulu makes it easy to create personalized profiles for each viewer in your home (up to six profiles per subscription) and you can stream on up to two devices at one time.

Hulu's subscription is a month-to-month service. You are free to cancel at any time and Hulu gives you a free trial period before you commit to it to make sure you like it.

PlanPrice# of Screens
Hulu (Standard)$5.992 devices at once
Hulu (No Ads*)$11.992 devices at once
Hulu + Live TV$54.992 devices at once
Hulu + Live TV (No Ads*)$60.992 devices at once
Hulu + Live TV w/ Enhanced DVRAdd $9.992 devices at once
Hulu + Live TV w/ Unlimited ScreensAdd $9.99Unlimited
Hulu + Live TV w/ DVR + Unlimited ScreensAdd $14.98Unlimited

*There are several shows that will still show ads even on the No Ads plans. These currently include: Grey's Anatomy, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and How to Get Away with Murder.

Standard Hulu Plan

The standard Hulu plan doesn't include live TV, but gives you unlimited access to Hulu's large streaming library. The service does have limited ads and you can watch full seasons of series, such as "Little Fires Everywhere," "Homeland," and "Outlander."

The Standard Hulu plan is $5.99 per month with your first month free. You can switch plans or cancel at any time. You may also add on for no ads or premium channels, including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz.

Hulu +Live TV Plan

The Hulu + Live TV is the standard Hulu plan with on-demand streaming plus Live TV. Hulu + Live TV includes access to more than 60 live and on-demand channels and 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. Watch live TV or on-demand programming on any Hulu-supported device.

Hulu + Live TV is $54.99 per month with a free 7-day trial. You can switch plans or cancel at any time. The add-ons available include Enhanced Cloud DVR (up to 200 hours of recording), unlimited screens at one time, and access to premium channels including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz.

Hulu + Live TV Entertainment Add-On
For an extra $7.99 per month, you can add all of the following entertainment channels:
  • CNBC World
  • Discover Family and Discovery Life
  • Cooking Channel
  • American Heroes Channel
  • DIY
  • FYI
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Great American Country
  • Destination America
  • Science

What Channels Does Hulu Offer?

Hulu + Live TV offers your standard network channels, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, depending on where you live. Hulu + Live also provides access to popular channels, including:

  • Animal Planet
  • Cartoon Network
  • Disney Channel and Disney Junior
  • ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN News
  • Food Network
  • Fox News
  • National Geographic
  • TBS
  • TNT

Can You Stream Live Sports on Hulu + Live?

Hulu + Live offers great access to all sports from the major networks, including:

  • NCAA
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NFL

You can catch your favorite sports on channels like ESPN, FS1, NBC Golf, NBC Sports Network, and TNT among others.

How Much Are Premium Channels on Hulu?

Hulu offers access to the most popular premium channels, including:

  • HBO: $14.99/month
  • Cinemax: $9.99/month
  • Showtime: $10.99/month
  • Starz: $8.99/month

What Devices Stream Hulu?

Hulu is available on a large number of devices, including:

  • Apple iPhones and iPad
  • Android phones and tablets
  • Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire Stick and Amazon Fire TV
  • Select Samsung and LG TVs
  • Apple and Android TV
  • Chromecast
  • Echo Show

How Does Hulu Work?

First, you must sign up for Hulu, which you can do right from your computer or phone. It takes just a few minutes to sign up, as all you need is your personal identifying information, email address, payment information, and your chosen plan.

Once you sign up, you can download the app on your chosen device. You'll sign in with the user id and password you created when you signed up for the plan. Using the app is extremely self-explanatory, whether you're looking for live TV or on-demand streaming programs.

If you set up individual profiles, you can create preferences and Hulu will suggest shows for you and even give you touch-free access for binge-watching your favorite shows.

What Are the Hulu Exclusive Shows?

Hulu is popular for some of its exclusive content, including:

  • "Little Fires Everywhere"
  • "Hilary"
  • "The Handmaid's Tale"
  • "Castle Rock"

What Internet Speed Does Hulu Require

Every system and location differs, but in general, Hulu suggests the following minimum internet download speeds:

  • 3.0 Mbps for the Hulu streaming library
  • 8.0 Mbps for live stream
  • 16.0 Mbps for 4K content

How to Cancel Hulu

Hulu is a month-to-month subscription. You can cancel at any time without paying any penalties.

Canceling takes just a matter of minutes and you don't even have to talk to anyone. Simply log into your Hulu account and choose "Cancel Subscription" from your settings menu. You'll enter a reason for canceling and submit it. It's that easy.

What is the difference between Netflix and Hulu?
Netflix is strictly a streaming service, but its streaming content is much greater than what Hulu offers. However, Hulu has a larger selection of recent TV show content, whereas Netflix typically doesn't get new content until the show's been over for three months to a year.

Can you watch Hulu in two different households?
Hulu subscriptions are meant for use by one household. You can stream Hulu on any device, including those that leave the house, allowing you to watch your shows while out, but you shouldn't share your sign-in credentials with another household.

Bottom Line

Hulu is a great substitution for cable if you need live TV. Its large selection of channels, combined with its vast on-demand streaming service, make it a viable cable alternative if you're looking to save money and have a good enough internet connection to handle it.

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