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Here Are The Channels That We Know Hulu’s Live TV Service Will Have


Hulu’s live TV service will likely soon be here. (No we do not know the date.)

One of the main questions we get is what channels will Hulu live offer its subscribers for the rumored $40 or less price point it is promoting. (Many think it will come in at about $35, but Hulu is only promising sub $40.)

Although no official list of channels has been announced, we do know some of the channel owners who have struck deals, so let’s start there.

Hulu Owners Who Will Be on Hulu Live

Disney

Disney is part owner of Hulu and has agreed to bring its channels such as ABC and ESPN to the service. We can assume that the base package will at least offer ESPN and likely Freeform.

FOX

Fox is also a part owner of Hulu and has agreed to bring its channels including FX, FS1, and FOX to the service. Again we don’t know what channels or what packages.

Time Warner

Last year Time Warner agreed to buy 10% of Hulu and allow its channels such as TBS, CNN, and HBO to be on Hulu’s live TV service.

Hulu Owners That Do NOT Have a Deal: (YET)

NBCUniversal

Yes Comcast owns part of Hulu through NBCUniversal. At last report NBCUniversal and its owned channels such as NBC and the Golf Channel have yet to come to a deal for Hulu’s live TV service. Reports are that Hulu is still in talks with NBCUniversal and many expect a deal to be announced at some point.

Other Networks

A+E Network

Just last week it was announced that A+E Network and its family of channels such as History, Viceland, and A+E will all be on Hulu’s live TV service. (Again we do not know in what package.)

CBS

CBS has for a long time been hesitant to support Hulu. A few CBS shows are on Hulu but most have been saved for CBS All Access; however, Hulu in a major deal announced in January 2017, said it had come to an agreement for CBS-owned networks to be on Hulu.

Networks That Will NOT Be on Hulu’s Live TV Service

Viacom

Yes Viacom and Hulu have terminated all contracts. This seems to be mostly on Viacom which announced that it wants to promote traditional pay TV and does not see a benefit in services such as Hulu. That means channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, and Spike TV will all be missing from Hulu’s live TV service.

Some of the breakup seems mutual because Viacom-owned channels have seen a huge hit in ratings. Viacom also recently announced that it will cut the number of channels it is focusing on in half leaving many to wonder if they pay for a Viacom channel such as TV Land will it be there in a year.

DISCLAIMER

Just because a network has come to a deal with Hulu does not mean all of its channels will be included or will be in the base package. So take this all with a grain of salt because we do not know the full details.

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  • dts3204

    I cut Sat and went OTA and streaming so I wouldn’t have to buy packages for what I want. Only question I have will HULU keep their no commercial stream package?

  • horror hideout

    I have PS Vue. My wife and I love it and it’s a dang sight cheaper than the $100 Dish was hitting us on. The issue was we moved out to a rural area where there is only one internet provider and they are charging $75 more for the same speed we were getting in town. So now. We’ve basically broke even. While in town we were saving about $60 per month over Dish plus local internet together.

  • horror hideout

    On a side note. Viacom is going to have to embrace the only services. All the providers are taking a hit with people switching to Sling, Vue, and now Hulu.

    • Chris K.

      All of Viacom’s original content targets viewers who are either in the 18-34 category (large numbers of cord cutters) or children under 18 (and many of their parents are also in the cord-cutting demographics). Viacom is affected far worse by cord cutting than, say, Fox Entertainment.

      I’m starting to wonder if Viacom was either cut one heck of a sweet deal from traditional providers, or if they’re in talks for some kind of merger with Comcast or someone like that. Otherwise there is no rational explanation for their deliberate avoidance of streaming TV providers, and their continued embrace of the sinking ship that is traditional TV.

      • REP

        I don’t care about Viacom. I don’t like none of their channels, so i can live without them.

  • skairipa

    Why are we “assuming” when Hulu listed most of the channels in their official press release? They literally listed dozens of channels from Disney, Fox, CBS, Time Warner and the 6 channels from A&E.

    • We know they will be on the service but not in what package. As stated in the post we know there are multiple packages. So don’t want to promise we can’t keep.

      • skairipa

        The six A+E networks are confirmed to be in the base package.
        Their CEO said in the official statement: “Having our top six networks available on their core package speaks to the power of our entertainment portfolio in reaching men, women, adults and millennials”

        • Would. It be the first time a CEO said something that was latter proven wrong like this. Anyone remember the weather channel promise it was coming to Sling? Two years later… So I will wait for a channel packages list from Hulu before I promise anything.

          • skairipa

            Not just the CEO. Hulu’s official press release said they will be in the core package.

            Here’s the link: https://www.hulu.com/press/hulu-announces-new-affiliate-agreement-with-ae-networks-for-upcoming-live-tv-streaming-service/.

            Read the first paragraph that begins with “SANTA MONICA” and ends with:

            “The deal adds live and on-demand streaming access to popular cable networks A&E®, HISTORY®, Lifetime®, LMN®, FYITM and VICELANDSM to Hulu’s core package of more than 40 live channels, set to launch this spring.”

          • Aaron Jakobsons

            Same deal with Sling and CSN. We were promised last June that it was “Coming Soon.” We will finally get it on April 2nd, which is not “soon.” At least we will get it. I never knew about the Weather Channel promise. That one sure fell flat.

        • Richard smith

          The CORE package with PlayStation Vue is not the base package.

  • Norman

    What’s the Vegas line on $39.95?

  • austen0316

    Any word on Hallmark channels?