Hulu is a video streaming service that gives access to thousands of full seasons of exclusive series, hit movies, kids shows, and Hulu Originals like Handmaid's Tale.
It offers the best selection of current TV shows and is cheaper than both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. You will be able to watch most shows from networks like ABC, NBC, FOX, and cable channels like Bravo, USA Network, FXX, FXM, HGTV, and more.
Additionally, for just $4 you can upgrade to the No Commercials Plan ($11.99/month) to watch all shows without any ads.
Sign-up For Hulu
Hulu subscription is month-to-month and you can cancel at any time.
Hulu is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles; Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch mobile devices; and computer browsers.
Full Seasons Current TV Shows
Hulu provides access to full seasons of current TV shows from ABC, NBC, and FOX. This means that the day after the show airs, you'll get access to it on demand on Hulu.
Unlike other services, you get access to new episodes during the current season, and for some some shows like Family Guy -- every episode ever made.
All Seasons Old TV Shows
Even if your favorite show is no longer on TV, you can access many to them on Hulu.
This includes full seasons of shows like:
- Seinfeld (9 seasons)
- Parks and Recreation (7 seasons)
- 30 Rock (7 seasons)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7 seasons)
- Community (6 seasons)
- The X-Files (11 seasons)
- Battlestar Galactica (4 seasons)
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (12 Seasons)
Exclusive Access Hulu Originals
Hulu has started to produce original shows that are available exclusively to Hulu subscribers.
Large LibraryClassic Movies
Hulu includes a large library of over 2,500 movies. While they generally aren't new releases, they include many classics like Indiana Jones, Robocop, Reservoir Dogs, Iron Man, and more.
“Kids Mode” Has Parental Controls
To use parental controls with Hulu you need to create a user profile with “Kids Mode” enabled.
Hulu offers two available upgrades: No Commercials Plan and Hulu Live TV
Commercial-Free On Demand
Hulu's Limited Commercials Plan ($7.99/mo) has 9 minutes of commercials for every TV show. You can upgrade to Hulu No Commercials Plan ($11.99) for an additional $4/month.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV ($40/mo.) includes access to live local channels, regional sports networks, and 22 of the Top 35 cable channels, a free DVR, and access to Hulu's Limited Commercials Plan. You can see our full review of the service.
- Most shows will stream in 720p HD with stereo audio
- Offers 4K Ultra HD streaming of some content on some gaming devices
- Streaming works well and rarely has playback issues.
1080p HD Video
While most streams are available in 720p HD, some shows will stream in 1080p HD, while a small selection in 4K Ultra HD on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.
Hulu recommends having at least a 1.5 Mbps internet connection for standard definition content (480p).
For High Definition (HD) content, they require 3 Mbps (720p HD), 6 Mbps (1080p HD), or 13 Mbps (4K Ultra HD).
To reduce playback interruptions, Hulu will adapt the stream quality to match your network connection.
Hulu doesn't offer Dolby Digital 5.1, but all shows and movies will stream with stream with stereo audio.
Hulu is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, iPhone/iPad, Web Browser, Android Phone/Tablet, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo.
All Compatible Devices
Hulu is not compatible with Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV, and LG Smart TV.