Hulu Live goes live with 50 channels for $40 a month

Hulu's Live-Streaming Service Has Finally Arrived. Here's Everything You Need to Know.

Hulu is taking on cable like never before with the beta launch of its Live TV service that offers more than 50 live channels for $39.99 a month. The app will fulfill a range of functions - from the ability to watch more than 50 live and on-demand TV channels and record them to your Cloud DVR to tracking features, created to let you manage your shows, movies, and networks. On Hulu with live, local network streams for all four networks won't be available nationally at launch, but more cities are expected to follow soon.

The more items you watch on Hulu with Live TV, the more personalized the suggestions will get. Viewers who wish to watch their Hulu Originals, movies, and library content without advertising can subscribe to the company's on-demand No Commercials can do so for an additional Dollars 4.00 per month. Channels included in the package are: CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports and TNT, other regional sports networks, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC, Bravo, E!, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, A&E, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Disney Channel, Freeform, FX, HISTORY, Lifetime, National Geographic, TBS, USA Network, Viceland and more. If you want to upgrade to "enhanced Cloud DVR", which gives you 200 hours and the ability to fast-forward ads, that costs an additional $14.99 per month. It's similar to YouTube TV with so few add-on channels, which is in stark contrast to Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now that all offer plenty of add-on channels.

Meanwhile, the $40 price point for Hulu's live service doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for earning profit, especially given that programming costs aren't getting any cheaper.

Hulu is the first paid TV service to offer this smorgasbord of content.

How Much Does Hulu with Live TV Cost?

The new streaming service will be available on internet connected living room and mobile devices. The monthly price includes access to Hulu's existing $9-a-month service. And the more you watch, the more Hulu will tailor its recommendations to your interests, the company claims.

The app then ask you to to add specific movies and TV shows to its "My Stuff" section before completing the setup process. "TV is about connecting with the shows, movies and sports you love - and we want to make that really easy for you, no matter where you're watching". You can also get "unlimited screens" so that people can watch video simultaneously on as many devices as they want while at home, as well as up to three devices anywhere else.

Right now Hulu Live is beta, which most likely refers to the limited number of supported devices and the lack of local affiliate content. Hulu with Live TV supports Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromecast, and Xbox One. For $8.99 a month you can get Showtime.

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