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Hulu Live TV is a live TV streaming service with more than 55 channels for $45/month. This plan includes local channels, 26 of the top 35 cable channels, and regional sports networks (RSNs).

Upgrades are available for premium channels, unlimited screens, and commercial-free access to Hulu’s on demand library.


Review

We tested Hulu Live TV and other live TV streaming services for more than 100 hours. Hulu Live TV is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, iPhone/iPad, Web Browsers, Android Phone/Tablet, Xbox, Nintendo, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV, and Android TV.


Features

50 hours Cloud DVR

Hulu includes a Cloud DVR with 50 hours of recording space. You cannot record individual episodes of a show—only an entire series.

This is the only service with a cloud DVR that doesn’t allow you to fast-forward through commercials.

For $9.99/month, you can include an “Enhanced DVR” add-on, which lets you skip commercials and includes 200 hours of recording space.

Up to 2 Devices

This service allows for two simultaneous streams (among TV devices, smartphones, tablets, and computers).

For $14.99/month, you can upgrade to use Hulu Live TV on unlimited screens at home and three mobile screens.

On Demand

Hulu’s major strength is it’s on demand library. You will get access to their full streaming library, which means full seasons from most major networks.

You also get access to their original content like Handmaid’s Tale, Casual, and Difficult People.

One frustrating part of Hulu’s on demand content is that the ads are exceedingly long (~3 minutes). If you want to remove commercials, they offer an upgrade for $4/month.

Parental Controls

To use parental controls with Hulu Live TV, you need to create a user profile with “Kids Mode” enabled.

AT&T TV NOW and Sling TV also have parental control features.


Hulu Originals Feature

Hulu Live TV includes access to Hulu’s full streaming library, including their original series like Handmaid’s Tale and Casual.

Commercial-Free On Demand Feature

You can watch Hulu’s entire streaming library commercial-free for an additional $4/month.

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Compatible Devices

Hulu Live TV is compatible with these devices:

Hulu Live TV is not compatible with PlayStation.

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Android TV
  • iPhone/iPad
    iOS 10+
  • Android Phone/Tablet
    5.0+
  • Web Browsers
  • Xbox
  • Nintendo
  • Samsung Smart TV
    2016+ Models
  • VIZIO Smart TV
    2016+ Models
  • LG Smart TV
    WebOS 3.5+ (some 3.0)

  • PlayStation

Phone & Tablet Apps

When you first sign-up for Hulu, you build a profile of your favorite channels, shows, and sports teams.

When you launch the Hulu app, it brings you to a “Lineup” of live, recorded, and on demand content from your favorite shows.

They recently added a new feature called the Live Guide which makes it much easier to find live shows in their apps.

The Live Guide includes a portrait video player with a grid guide below. If you turn your screen horizontally, the live channel will play in full screen mode.

TV App

On television devices, Hulu recently added a Live TV tab which includes a grid guide to see live channels.

Computer

You can watch Hulu Live TV on Mac or Windows computers with any popular browser.

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Channels

Local Channels

Hulu Live TV offers local channels, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, and The CW.

Live local channels are available only in certain markets. However, on demand content is available in all areas the following day.

For complete local availability, check the Hulu Live TV Channel Lookup tool.


Top Cable Channels

Hulu Live TV offers 26 of the top 35 cable channels.

The service is noticeably missing Viacom channels (such as Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, and VH1). Hulu also lacks AMC, Animal Planet, Hallmark, OWN, and TLC.

The top 35 cable channels are listed below. For a list of all channels, look at Hulu’s full channel lineup.


Sports Channels

National Sports Channels

Hulu Live TV includes all the national sports channels, such as ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, NBC Sports Network, TBS, and TNT.

Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)

Hulu Live TV gives access to regional sports networks (RSNs), which are generally from Fox and NBC/Comcast.

RSNs in Other Markets

You should check the Hulu Live TV RSN lookup tool before subscribing, to make sure it has the regional networks you need.

Pro Sports

Professional sports league channels ([Pro Sports] - [Hulu Live TV]) are not available on Hulu Live TV.

College Sports

Hulu Live TV offers some college sports channels, including ACC Network, ACC Network Extra, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPNU, and SEC Network.

Other Sports Channels

ESPNEWS, Golf Channel, and Olympic Channel are available on Hulu Live TV.


Premium Channels

You can add Showtime ($11), HBO ($15), Cinemax ($9), or Starz ($9) to your Hulu Live TV account.


Add-Ons

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Tech Specs

  • High definition video is similar to other streaming services.
  • Live streaming works well and rarely has playback issues.
  • Live content is about 30 seconds behind cable TV, which is average compared to other services.
4K
1080p
720p

720p HD

Streams are at least 720p and most channels now stream in 60 FPS.

To reduce playback interruptions, Hulu Live TV will adapt the stream quality to match your network connection.

30 FPS
60 FPS

60 FPS

Most live TV streams are broadcast in 60 fps.

Stereo Sound

Stereo Sound

Live content has stereo audio.

Streaming Reliability
5

On Demand Reliability
5

Reliability

Other streaming services usually have unstable playback with frequent buffering. Hulu’s streaming is rock solid.

We rarely had issues with video playback freezing, pausing, or hiccups changing channels.

30 sec
Live Delay

Live Delay

Live content is about 30 seconds behind cable TV, which is average compared to other services.

3.5 sec
Channel Switching

Channel Switching

It takes about 3.5 seconds to switch between channels, which is slightly slower than average.

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User Experience

  • The apps are well designed and make it easy to find both on demand and live TV
  • There is standard channel guide across all platforms
  • Search is very accurate and easy to use.
  • You can rewind most live channels to the beginning of the show.

Home Screen

The Hulu Live TV home screen has a personalized lineup of your favorite shows and list of your frequently watched channels.

TV Guide

They have a standard grid guide across all platforms. It makes it easy to find what’s currently on and quickly record shows to your DVR.

Search

The Hulu app’s search functionality really shines. Search results appear quickly and are grouped into “Top Results,” “Movies,” and “Episodes.”

Show Details

The show details page has nice visuals and a description of each episode available live, upcoming, and on demand.

Playback

Hulu Live TV has a really nice feature: you can rewind most live channels to the beginning of the show.

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