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As one of the most known live TV streaming services, Hulu + Live TV is undeniably a service most people can get behind, but the channel to dollar ratio isn't the best when compared to other popular streaming services.
Hulu Live increased its pricing by $10 at the beginning of 2021, and we have no idea why. There aren’t any new features, channels, or bigger DVR storage.
Is it still worth the price? It’s hard to say, but if you love the idea of live TV, original TV shows and movies, and tons of on-demand content in one service, then this is the service for you.
Read on to find out if this is the next subscription service for you and your family.
- Hulu + Live TV has lots of original/ on-demand content
- This live TV streaming service has a seamless interface
- Hulu Live's monthly price is a bit high for what it offers
- Hulu Live includes a small DVR storage
- Hulu Live finally added NFL Network, but you won't find other major sports channels
How much does Hulu + Live TV cost?
Once again, Hulu Live increased its pricing by $10 earlier this year and we don't know why they would do such a thing.
There aren't any new features, new channels (Hulu Live could do well with NBA TV and MLB Network), or a bigger DVR storage (it's still a measly 50 hours).
And if you are considering Hulu Live, it's probably because you wouldn't mind live TV channels and on-demand content all in one place. If this is you, you'll likely want to get the $71 per month plan for no ads in your on-demand content.
You won’t have to worry about watching two minutes of cologne and exercise equipment ads before your show starts. Just get to the good stuff!
Does Hulu + Live TV have a contract?
No contract at all! Cancel whenever you need to save some money or if you switch to another streaming or TV service.
How much does Hulu Live's DVR and unlimited screens cost?
Hulu Live doesn’t have any fees, but some add-on options can factor into the monthly bill.
You might be interested in these add-ons if you think 50 hours of cloud DVR storage is too little and would much prefer 200 (*raises hand*). Or maybe you have a family and would like to have an unlimited number of simultaneous streams instead of just two (*raises hand higher*).
Optional monthly fees
|Enhanced DVR (200 hrs.)|
|Enhanced DVR + unlimited screens||$14.99/mo.|
*Data effective 11/18/2021.
Which channels does Hulu + Live TV have?
The live TV channels you’ll get with your Hulu Live subscription depend on your ZIP code—especially the local channels.
Check out the channel lineup in your area, but either way, you’re guaranteed a good variety. You will be able to watch your Hannity, and your daughters will be able to watch their Raven’s Home.
Hulu + Live TV channels include the following:
- Animal Planet
- Cartoon Network
- Discovery Channel
- Disney Channel
- Food Network
- FOX News
- National Geographic
Scroll down for the section that really matters—the sports section.
Which premium channels and add-ons does Hulu + Live TV have?
Hulu Live has all of the premium channels you need (besides EPIX) to add to your subscription conveniently. Talk about getting everything all in one place.
And these are the typical prices for premium channels for most streaming, cable, and satellite services.
*Data effective 11/29/2021.
Hulu Live also lets you try each premium channel out for free for one week. And when you order SHOWTIME, you'll only have to pay $4 per month for the first fourth months.
We have to admit, Hulu Live's Sports add-on is pretty weak. It might include six channels, but you really only get one popular sports channel: the NFL RedZone Channel.
But if you love the outdoors and horse betting, this add-on will be even more worth it for you. The Sports add-on includes the following channels:
- NFL RedZone Channel
- Outdoor Channel
- Sportsman Channel
The Español add-on lets you watch news, sports, and shows in Spanish. The channels you’ll get with this add-on are the following:
- CNN en Español
- Discovery en Español
- Discovery Familia
- ESPN Deportes
- FOX Deportes
- History Channel en Español
- NBC Universo
And the Entertainment add-on gives you a nice variety of cooking, lifestyle, and reality TV channels. The channels you’ll get with this add-on are the following:
- American Heroes Channel
- BET Her
- CNBC World
- Cooking Channel
- Crime + Investigation
- Destination America
- Discovery Family
- Discovery Life
- DIY Network
- Great American Country
- Military History
- MTV Classic
- MTV 2
- Science Channel
Which sports channels does Hulu + Live TV have?
So you found yourself here in the most important section. And we are here to tell you that Hulu Live has a solid sports channel lineup.
You might not get the Tennis Channel or MLB Network, but any sports fan can appreciate the live TV channels you’ll get with your Hulu Live subscription. But don’t forget to type in your ZIP code to check the sports channel lineup in your area.
Sports channels included in Hulu + Live TV are the following:
- Big Ten Network
- CBS Sports Network
- ESPN College Extra
- SEC Network
- Golf Channel
- NBC Sports Network
- NFL Network
- Olympic Channel
How does Hulu Live work?
Hulu Live's homepage will be similar to Hulu's with rows of on-demand content to choose from, and you'll also see easy tabs at the top of your window: Live, TV, Movies, Sports, My Stuff, and Hubs.
Under the Live tab, you'll find a clean guide with arrows to find what's on tonight. Just click on a program and click the record button. We also really like the genre options at the top, such as Sports and Kids.
And lastly, we like the My Stuff tab. This is where you'll find your recordings, but the best part is one for those who love organization or simplicity—your recordings are separated into categories.
Easily find what you want to watch in your recordings as they're separated by TV Shows, Movies, Kids, Sports, and Teams.
But your recordings can be affected by the storage space of Hulu Live's DVR. This is where Hulu Live lacks.
The DVR is subpar and you’ll want to upgrade
Hulu Live’s cloud DVR comes with 50 hours of storage. That’s about 25 episodes of Brain Games and 12 movies.
This might seem like a lot of hours, but if you want to store TV shows or movies to watch months down the road, that 50 hours will fill up fast.
You’re likely going to want more hours on your DVR, so you’ll have to add $10 to your monthly bill for the 200-hour DVR storage. That leaves your bill at $75–$81, whereas YouTube TV is $65 per month and includes an unlimited DVR storage space.
If you don't mind the limited DVR space and Hulu Live’s on-demand content is more important to you, then don’t let us hold you back!
Which devices are compatible with Hulu + Live TV?
Well, of course, you need to watch your Hulu on-the-go or at home on a smart TV. So which devices and smart TVs can you use to watch the PGA Championship with the guys or a Lifetime movie with the gals?
Here are a few to choose from:
- iPhones and iPads
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Apple TV (fourth generation and up)
- Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Amazon Fire tablets
- Xbox and Playstation
- Roku and Roku Stick
- Google Chromecast and Google Chromecast Ultra
- Safari and Chrome web browsers
- Samsung and LG Smart TVs
- Nintendo Switch
- Xfinity set-top boxes
- Echo show
We should also mention that Hulu + Live TV suggests you have at least an 8 Mbps internet connection while using the app. (Not sure what internet speed you have? Test it out with our tool.)
Recap: Is Hulu + Live TV worth it?
For $65 per month, you get over 65 live TV channels, on-demand content, and an included 50-hour cloud DVR storage. But we recommend paying $6 more for no ads and $10 more for the Enhanced Cloud DVR with 4x the storage. This will make your monthly bill a grand total of $81 ($16 more than fuboTV, which is our favorite live TV streaming service.)
Yeah, it adds up, but Hulu Live has lots of on-demand content and a great bundle (Hulu Live, ESPN+, and Disney+) the whole family can enjoy.
But if you’re looking for a cheaper live TV streaming service, we recommend Sling TV, which is $35–$50 per month.
If you don’t care too much for the on-demand content and would rather have an unlimited DVR storage and 20 more channels, check out YouTube TV.
Data as of 11/29/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.