Hulu + Live TV Review: Everything you need to know


What is Hulu + Live TV?

Hulu Live TV is the most popular provider in the growing live video streaming market, with 3.3 million subscribers. It provides access to both live TV channels and a wide range of on-demand movies and shows.

It is the over-the-top (OTT) offering from Hulu, a streaming service that launched back in 2008 as a joint ABC and FOX venture to take their programming to on-demand audiences. Hulu is now owned by The Walt Disney Company and has 28 million subscribers. The service launched Hulu Live TV in May 2017 — it was formed as part of a joint streaming venture between 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company. Disney is now Hulu’s majority stakeholder.

Hulu + Live TV plans and pricing

Hulu + Live TV
Price $54.99/mo.
Free trial 7 days
Number of channels 72
Number of titles 10,000+
Offline downloads Yes
Streaming quality 4K Ultra HD
Live sports streaming? Yes

Compared to its competitors, Hulu with Live TV is averagely priced among other live streaming services. At $54.99/mo., it offers live channels, Hulu’s full on-demand library, and DVR storage. The service also offers add ons for extra DVR storage and premium channels. This is similar to services like Sling or fuboTV which offer a similar process for premium channels through package tiers or add ons. Other services like Philo offer unlimited DVR storage included in their monthly subscription price. However, these services may have a storage time limit or less channels overall. Check out more with our full breakdown of Hulu packages and pricing.

Hulu + Live TV look and feel

hulu live home page

Users who like Hulu’s on-demand streaming service will enjoy Hulu with Live TV. Its functionality integrates the same large text and color scheme as Hulu’s on-demand library. The app displays 4 titles at a time with a small description under each title on the home screen. Series details are organized by season on the left and episodes with a small description to the right—much like the on-demand library. Live content broadcasts with a 30 second delay after most cable companies, which is average among most live streaming services. Subscribers should also enjoy consistent streaming without any lag. 

Standout features include the TV Guide, the search tool, and the home screen which each carry over Hulu’s large font and color schemes. The home screen displays a personalized list of each user’s favorite shows, movies, and frequently watched channels. Hulu with Live TV’s channel guide is a grid across all platforms and displays what is currently playing and what is coming on next. Subscribers can also record content to the DVR right from the TV channel guide. The search tool is responsive and organizes search results into 3 groups: “Top Results,” “Movies,” and “Episodes.” This makes it easy for users to find what they are looking for. 

Hulu + Live TV supported devices

Hulu with Live TV can be watched on any device that permits users to download the service’s app. Other options include web browsers on computers and laptops. It is compatible with these devices: 

What to watch on Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV provides subscribers with an extensive range of content options, including the following genres:

  • Kids
  • Live TV
  • Movies
  • Originals
  • TV shows
  • Premium channels

Hulu + Live TV’s channel list features popular national networks like ABC, CBS, and NBC. The service has plenty of entertainment programming, news options, and even local channels in some locations. Viewers can stay on top of global news updates with CNN, CNN International, and FOX News.

hulu live channel guide

Entertainment choices on Hulu + Live TV include Discovery, History Channel, Investigation Discovery, National Geographic, Travel Channel, truTV, and Viceland. It has Lifetime and Turner Classic Movies to keep movie buffs entertained. 

The service has a good range of sporting options with channels that provide access to English Premier League, NBA, NCAA, NHL, and NFL action. It carries ESPN, NBC Sports Network, ACC Network, SEC Network, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, and several other sports-centered choices. 

Hulu + Live TV subscribers can also enjoy the Hulu on-demand library of 10,000 movies and TV shows, as well as the service’s popular original programming. Standout TV series available through Hulu include police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, British drama Outlander, crime thriller The Outsider, medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, and classic shows like animated comedy Family Guy. Hulu features plenty of top quality on-demand movies such as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Keanu Reeves at his combative best in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and Jonah Hill and Miles Teller in War Dogs. The service also gives subscribers a major perk: the ability to stream new episodes the day after a show premieres on network TV. 

Channels and add ons

Hulu + Live TV offers 26 out of the 35 top cable channels and some Regional Sports Networks (RSNs). Subscribers also get access to all the National Sports channels and many premium channels are available to add on. Hulu Live TV is most noticeably missing Viacom channels, which include Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, and VH1. It’s also missing AMC, Animal Planet, Hallmark, OWN, and TLC. However, subscribers can find shows from these channels available in their on-demand library. Before choosing a streaming service, determine which live channels are a must-have for everyone watching or try a Hulu free trial to find out what the service has to offer.

Hulu + Live TV offers many premium channels to add on with its live TV service. Here is a complete list of available channels:

  • Español: $5/mo. Includes: ESPN Deportes, Universo, CNN En Español, Discovery En Español, Discovery Familia, and History En Español
  • Entertainment: $8/mo. Includes: Lifetime Movie Network, American Heros, CNBC World, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, FYI, and Science 
  • Cinemax: $9/mo. 
  • Starz: $9/mo. 
  • Showtime: $11/mo.
  • HBO: $15/mo. 

Hulu + Live TV features

DVR Storage

Hulu with Live TV subscribers can record content for later viewing with 50 hours of storage, which can be quadrupled to 200 hours for an extra $9.99/mo. with Enhanced Cloud DVR. The service also offers users the option to add their favorite shows or sports teams to My Stuff, which ensures that all future episodes or matches will be recorded automatically. They are then able to fast-forward or rewind through recorded content, but not live TV streams. The service continues to play current content in a minimized window while viewers browse for other things to watch.

hulu live dvr

Users

Hulu + Live TV provides individual accounts for up to 6 users, each of which receives a personalized service tailored to their preferences and interests. Subscribers can create profiles that restrict viewing to specific content and block certain types of programming. There is even an option to limit searches to only return viewing options that meet specific requirements.

Simultaneous Streams

Viewers can watch Hulu + Live TV on 2 simultaneous streams, which can be upgraded to any number of home systems and 3 mobile devices with the Unlimited Screens add-on for $9.99/mo.

Playback

With Hulu’s playback feature, viewers can rewind most live channels to the beginning of the show or movie currently running. Subscribers to an ad-free plan can download shows and movies to smartphones or tablets to watch on-the-go. Access downloaded favorites offline—no need for Wi-Fi or data. 

The final cut

Hulu + Live TV is an outstanding option for people looking to cut the cable cord. In addition to carrying dozens of live entertainment, news, and sports channels, the service also provides access to an impressive library of on-demand movies and TV shows. Hulu + Live TV also delivers a strong user experience — subscribers can create six profiles per account and restrict the content available to individual users. New subscribers interested in testing things out can take advantage of Hulu’s free 7-day trial. 

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