Live TV has finally made it to streaming media. If you have a streaming media player like Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, iPhone and iPad, Android, or Windows phone (just to scratch the surface), then you will now have the ability to add Live TV streaming to your existing Hulu plan.
At launch, Hulu is offering this package at a starting price of $39.99 per month (NOTE: this price includes what you’re already paying for on-demand Hulu service). Included in this package, you have access to approximately 50 cable and broadcast networks (including sports, fellas)! While their may be obvious limitations depending on your area, they should expect to be minimal, so we won’t worry about that unless we have to!
At this initial Beta phase of Hulu with Live TV, the following channels are available:
ABC, A&E, Big Ten Network, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports Network, Chiller, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney ‘XD’
E!, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN News, ESPN SEC Network, ESPN U, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News, FS1, FS2, FreeForm, FX, FXM, FXX, FYI
HGTV, History Channel, HLN, Lifetime, LMN
National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, NBC Golf, NBCSN, Oxygen, Pop
Sprout, SyFy Channel, TBS, Turner Classic Movies, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV
You have the option to add Showtime for an additional $8.99/month.
The Live TV package also comes with 50 hours of DVR storage, and lucky for us, we don’t have to add yet another clunky box to our entertainment center. All of your recordings will be stored in the cloud. If you’re like me, you will have the opportunity to upgrade to 200 hours of DVR Cloud storage for an additional $14.99/month. When accessing recorded programs at a later time, you will have the ability to fast-forward during commercials.
Another $14.99 per month upgrade charge will give you the ability to move from limited two-device simultaneous streaming to unlimited screens. This only works on your home network, but you will have the option to stream up to three devices if you’re on an outside network.
There’s much more to be said, as well as all of Hulu’s many limitations and restrictions, fine print and more on their site. If you don’t currently have a Hulu subscription, it is required in order to add Hulu with Live TV.
In my honest opinion, this is something I’ve lived without for quite some time. We have had Apple TV with basic Netflix and Hulu subscriptions for several years now. We tried Sling and recently added basic cable to our Comcast Internet plan at no additional charge, which we rarely use. Until Hulu (and any providers who will be following close behind with Live TV offerings) get their pricing model to make much more sense for cord-cutters, I’ll stick with what I’ve got.
If you are interested in giving it a shot and letting me know how it goes, click the image below.