Did you apply for the Hulu Live Beta Program? You better check your email and spam folder because the first set of beta invites has gone out. This is good news for cord cutting because it shows that Hulu is getting closer to releasing its new live TV streaming service; however, starting a beta does not mean it will come out any time soon. .
To find out exactly what was happening, we reached out to Hulu and were told this is a very early beta. Less than 100 invites have been sent out and the app is a very early version that will look very different at launch.
The exact rollout of the Hulu Live service is likely to depend on how successful the beta program is. If it finds a lot of glitches it is likely to wait longer to try and iron out any of the potential issues.
As we have seen with other live TV streaming services launches it is a lot harder than many think it will be. Streaming on demand is a lot easier for a variety of reasons: from the ability to seed the country with more servers to the fact that not everyone is trying to watch the same content at the same moment.
If you would like to apply for the beta here is what you need to know:
You will need an Apple TV, Android, or iOS for the beta. (It looks like this is for Android phones and tablets not an Android TV app.) We do expect more devices to be added. It is typical when a beta is live that only one device is supported. When Sling went live the beta was only on Roku players.
Although this does mean we can confirm that Hulu will be on Apple TV.
If you want to apply to join the beta, head over to HuluLive.com, it will send you over to a page that is taking signups for the Hulu Live beta.
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