Hulu + Live TV Review 2021

Hulu has a top-notch mix of live and on-demand services, but add-on prices may have you looking for another streaming service

Hulu + Live TV
Plan
Price
TV channel count
Details
$64.9965+
$70.9965+
Chantel Buchi
Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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Published on November 18, 2021
6 min read

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.

Pros
  • Hulu + Live TV has lots of original/ on-demand content
  • This live TV streaming service has a seamless interface
Cons
  • 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?

It’s the price of a few DoorDash meals each month

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!

Another bonus Hulu Live has is the option to bundle it with ESPN+ and Disney+ for about $8 more (which is $5 cheaper if you were to subscribe to these services individually).

How much is Hulu + Live TV?
Plan
Price
TV channel count
Details
$64.99
/mo
65+
$70.99
/mo
65+
Data as of 11/29/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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*).

How much are Hulu + Live TV's add-ons?
Optional monthly fees
Monthly price*
Enhanced DVR (200 hrs.)

$9.99/mo.

Unlimited screens $9.99/mo.
Enhanced DVR + unlimited screens$14.99/mo.

*Data effective 11/18/2021.

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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
  • CNN
  • Discovery Channel
  • Disney Channel
  • Food Network
  • FOX News
  • FX
  • HGTV
  • Lifetime
  • MSNBC
  • National Geographic
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • TNT
  • USA

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.

How much are Hulu + Live TV's premium channels and add-ons?
Channel
Add-on monthly price
$14.99
/mo
$8.99
/mo
$10.99
/mo
$9.99
/mo
$9.99
/mo
$4.99
/mo
$7.99
/mo

*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
  • MAVTV
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Sportsman Channel
  • TVG
  • TVG2

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
  • Nicktoons
  • Science Channel
  • TeenNick

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:

  • ACCN
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN College Extra
  • ESPNews
  • SEC Network
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
Hulu Live's sports tab 2021

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.

Hulu Live guide 2021

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

Get 50 hours for free or 200 hours for $10 per month

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!

Hulu TV shows 2021

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?

It's perfect for those who want live TV channels and lots of on-demand content

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.

How much is Hulu + Live TV?
Plan
Price
TV channel count
Details
$64.99
/mo
65+
$70.99
/mo
65+

Data as of 11/29/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

* Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Chantel Buchi
Written by
Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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  • L_Space

    Hulu DVR starts about 20 seconds before the show and records exactly 30 or 60 minutes, meaning you miss the last crucial 20 seconds on about half the shows; no option to extend that, even though they’ve been promising to do so for over a year. Shows also have glitches where the show locks up and you have to skip the next 10 seconds to continue (3 times in Young Sheldon this evening); consistently stops at the exact same point repeatedly, so it’s not a bandwidth or WiFi problem on my end. The guide shows live TV and what’s next, but you can’t scroll into the future like Satellite guides. DirecTV is far superior in all aspects, though more expensive. Looking to switch to a streaming service with higher quality, if it exists.

    • disqus_NVSJO6tVKD

      I just switched you YouTube TV. I’m actually liking it alot better!!! And with Hulu raising their prices it cost the same and with a ton of other features that Hulu can’t even compete with.

  • Spam dirontech

    I recently started my paid subscription to Hulu with Live TV. So far it has been great is you like to miss the beginning and end of sporting events. It also won’t let you start viewing a program from the start once it has started recording. This doesn’t look like it going to work out.

  • Manly Man

    Can we get a menu after clicking the video title instead of instantly playing the film.

    “Live” is too expensive NOT COOL.

    LGBTQ and black stories but no white history or straight section wth?

    I need a section with always sunny, 007, hateful eight, tombstone, half baked, django etc. And randomly add other badass movies

    Almost every show goes dramatic now I cant stand it.
    Also some of your shows could be cool but personally I dont wanna watch dudes make out.
    Leaves me with always sunny, the mick, and last man on earth.
    Although 2 of those are cancelled.

    Only super hero that’s not too dramatic doesnt have a tv show. And when deadpool get a tv show please god dont let it go dramatic

    When I rewatch always sunny I have to restart every episode. Instead it should have a button to reset the list to the beginning.

    P.S. Its Always Sunny in Philidelphia is #1

  • Bob Cull

    When you encounter a problem don’t expect any support! Yesterday they suddenly blocked the feed to my Firetv stick “because I’m “not connected to my home network. I am! It will play on my tablet connected to the same network!

    My pleas for help have been ignored. Not even an acknowledgment that they have received my MULTIPLE complaints!

    I have little doubt that if I do by some stroke of luck make contact with an actual human being I will be told to just watch on my tablet and that’s not going to happen! I’m not watching a 10 inch screen when my Firetv plays through a projector on a 10 foot screen!

    I’ve been a Hulu subscriber for a long time but I am seriously considering dropping it in favor of ANYONE who responds to a request for assistance! Disney is just another Fascist Industry run by robber barons who the robber barons of the late 19th century would admire greatly!

  • Stewart William Green

    Why does Hulu now having Spanish commercials on english speaking TV? DRIVING me crazy! No idea what they’re saying! WHY?????

  • https://plus.google.com/105137881200846883044 Kim K

    Because Hulu doesn’t allow customers to manage streaming quality, you will more than likely exceed your ISP data cap and therefore pay more. I can change the settings when viewing from a browser, but when streaming through a Roku device, the data saver option doesn’t exist. (My devices are brand new – purchased directly from Roku less than one month ago – April 2020). I WOULD NOT recommend Hulu at all.

  • Kurt Kohler

    Awful connection issues
    I like the idea of Hulu live, especially the sports (remember live sports?), but I have to re- boot my TV sometimes 2-3 times a day even tho I have a great wifi signal. Recently the commercials have been repeating and take 5-6 minutes showing over and over. I have no such issues with Netflix, Amazon or Apple so I know its Hulu. Will drop them as soon as someone else comes out with a similar sports package. I cannot recommend Hulu live.

  • IMC

    Ok so HULU just screwed me 2 nights in a row. Watching a movie and with 15 minutes to go skips forward to live tv with no option to go back and watch the end of the movie. FFS

  • JDK

    We tried Hulu and cancelled it after a few months and went back to cable. First I was paying for no ads and still got lots of adds even with recordings and you can’t fast forward through the ads. Secondly, the navigation is difficult but it is kludgy not as smooth or intuitive as cable. There were other minor issue also. When I went back to cable TV the cost was better with the high speed internet than with Hulu and cable internet alone.

  • jim

    they updated their software again and since they did that nothing but issues , and customer service is a joke the only answers they have is delete the app and reinstall it , or delete cache and all data and go from there , its a joke

  • Tom Kay

    New to Hulu about 2 months. Extremely difficult to navigate, but was learning. NFL football season is here now and I have experienced a major issue with recording games. I have at many times, especially on Sunday, the need to miss the beginning of the game(s). With Hulu you are not able to record a Live TV game and come back to the beginning while the recording is in process. You have to finish the recording before you can see the beginning or any part of the game. Not a new problem with Hulu. If you are an NFL fan and have e need to record games, Hulu is not for you unless you are willing to wait for the recording to finish.

  • Renae Maybee

    I am so disappointed in Hulu. We did some homework, read a few things and thought this would definitely make life better. We were excited for all the things we could watch on Hulu Live and not have to have satellite anymore. We were very wrong. We live in the country and the best internet connection we have is through a mobile hotspot. However, Hulu Live doesn’t work with mobile hotspots. Of all the technology that we have today in this world. Why can’t someone get these two to work together. I have no problem getting Hulu Live on my mobile phone. What’s the difference?
    Very frustrated and very aggravated.

  • Babetta Keegan

    To be honest, I am disappointed in HULU. First off I don’t think its right for HULU to keep raising the price of the live streaming service, might as well get cable with the prices they are charging. It has many issues when live streaming. I am forever getting kicked off HULU, I tried to call the company and never get any results. Worst customer service!! Honestly would not recommend HULU.