Hulu recently confirmed that they plan to jump into the Live TV streaming market. Now Hulu has started sending out surveys to a select number of Hulu subscribers that gives us a detailed look into what Hulu plans to do with their new live TV streaming service. Thankfully, because of several great readers, we can tell you more about what Hulu plans to offer.
The first clear thing we learn from this is the current Hulu plan will be separate from the new streaming service. Signing up for the streaming service under this plan will not include basic Hulu services but you will get a discount. Hulu with commercials will drop to $5.99 a month and the without commercials plan will be $11.99 a month.
You may or may not get local broadcast channels with this new service depending on where you live. It does seem that most packages will include at least on-demand content for ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox; however, we dont know what that would include, so you may get some of what is currently on Hulu with the new subscription service.
We can confirm that you will be limited to the number of devices you can login on and to your home network. (Similar to how PlayStation Vue limits you to your home.) For $14.99 you will be able to have an unlimited number of in-home devices and three mobile devices.
The DVR option for Hulu will not be unlimited. Some plans have a limited space of just 20 hours per account on the DVR. There is also something called Smart Record, but the survey we saw did not explain Smart Record. You will be able to upgrade to 300 hours of DVR space for $19.99 (but we are unsure if this is a monthly or onetime fee).
We did learn that you will NOT be able to fast forward through ads just parts of the show you recorded.
There seems to be two options for your core plans: $34.99 and $49.99. Here is a full breakdown of what comes with both of them: (Note the $34.99 plan only allows you to login on one device. The $49.99 allows you to login on more devices.)
Premium channels will be available as add-ons: (All prices are monthly.)
- HBO $14.99
- Showtime $9.99
- Starz/Encore $9.99
- Epix $4.99
- Cinemax $9.99
- WWE $9.99
- Fox Soccer Plus $14.99
- NFL RedZone $9.99
It looks like if you sign up for a premium channel you can get the current Hulu service for $4.99 a month with commercials or $8.99 a month without commercials.
There will be add-on packages including:
- Cooking Channel
- Food Network
- Travel Channel
- DIY Network
Educational/Kids & Family $9.99/month
- Animal Planet
- Discovery Family
Music and Entertainment $4.99/month
- Comedy Central
- MTV 2
- TV Land
- Discovery Family
Now remember we are maybe six months or so away from Hulus new service becoming available to the public so some of this can change, but we should expect this to be close to what they will offer to the public.
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