Hulu Review

What is Hulu?

With tons of series from major networks, Hulu’s on-demand catalog has long had a heavy focus on TV shows. In recent years, it’s even rivaled Netflix and Amazon Prime with original content like The Handmaid’s Tale, The Act, and Shrill. 

And although Netflix still dwarfs the service in terms of users — Hulu has 31.8 million subscribers in the US, compared to Netflix’s 61 million — Hulu is a firm competitor in the market. It surpasses Disney +’s 23.2 million subscribers and is on its way to beating Apple TV +’s 33.6 million figure.

Hulu not only lets you watch hundreds of shows and movies on demand, it also features a live TV option, giving you sports, news, and your favorite series in real-time. 

In this review, we’ll be focusing on Hulu’s two on-demand plans, both of which provide tons of content and even let you watch plenty of shows the day after they first air on network TV. 

Hulu plans and pricing

How much is Hulu? Well, the service currently has four subscription plans. The two cheapest revolve around on-demand viewing, while the other two give access to Hulu’s live TV option.

Here’s a quick rundown of Hulu’s on-demand packages:

 

Hulu Hulu No Ads
Monthly price $5.99 $11.99
Free trial length 30 days 30 days
Number of titles 3,000+ 3,000+
Offline downloads  No Yes
Streaming quality 720p, 1080p, 4K Ultra HD 720p, 1080p, 4K Ultra HD

 

*Note that subscribers on the No Ads plan may still see ads during a select few shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and How to Get Away with Murder.

Hulu supported devices

Hulu can be accessed using a wide range of devices, from Android and iOS phones and tablets to smart TVs and gaming consoles. Here’s a list of devices that are compatible with the service:

  • Android phones and tablets
  • Android TV (select models)
  • Apple TV (4th generation or later)
  • Chromecast
  • Echo Show
  • Fire Tablets
  • Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • iPhones and iPads
  • LG TV (select models)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Mac and PC browsers
  • PlayStation 3 (live TV not available)
  • PlayStation 4 (live TV not available)
  • Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
  • Samsung TV (select models)
  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  • Windows 10
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One

Some devices only support the classic Hulu app. With these products you can still access on-demand titles, but you won’t be able to enjoy new features, certain add-ons, or live TV:

  • Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
  • LG TVs and Blu-ray players (select models)
  • Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
  • Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players (select models)
  • Sony TVs and Blu-ray players (select models)
  • TiVo
  • VIZIO TVs (select models)

What to watch on Hulu

To help you find what you’re looking for, Hulu splits its content into several categories. The main ones are:

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

You can narrow things down even further by browsing by genre. Dozens of options are available, including the usual Comedy and Sci-Fi to more niche titles like Cooking & Food. 

Whether you’re a huge fan of classic series or a person who likes to stay on top of recent releases, you’ll find plenty to watch on Hulu.

The on-demand library includes some of the biggest names in drama, such as Atlanta, Killing Eve, The X-Files, and The Good Wife. Comedy-lovers can enjoy programming like Seinfeld, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation, plus much-loved animations like Family Guy and South Park.

In the Kids section, young viewers of any age will find a whole host of shows from Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and more. And there are reams of movies to stream, from classics such as Pocahontas to modern releases like How to Train Your Dragon.

Of course, you can’t forget Hulu’s original content. The service boasts several Marvel shows, including Runaways and Legion. If superheroes aren’t your thing, try The Handmaid’s Tale and The Act — two series you won’t be able to stop watching.

Movies also feature in Hulu’s on-demand library. Head back to the 70s with Saturday Night Fever or get to grips with newer critically acclaimed titles, Booksmart, and Us

Fans of shows like Homeland, Watchmen, and Strike Back can get access to four premium channels — Showtime, Starz, HBO, and Cinemax — for an extra fee. Investing in a premium add-on will also let you enjoy the blockbuster movies featured on these channels. 

Hulu features

While Hulu’s live TV plans offer the most impressive features, on-demand subscribers can still make use of several helpful functionalities, such as simultaneous streaming. 

Subscribers to Hulu’s No Ads package can download TV shows and movies to watch offline. This is only available on certain mobile devices, but users can download up to 25 videos. The service automatically deletes recordings after 30 days. (DVR storage is only available for Hulu + Live TV subscribers.)

No matter which on-demand plan you choose, you and your family will be able to watch content on two devices at once. Those with a Hulu + Live TV plan can pay to enhance this feature.

One subscription plan also comes with the ability to create six separate profiles, so each family member can view personalized recommendations and carry on where they left off. Parents can also restrict a profile to Hulu’s Kids Hub to give children a safe viewing experience.

The final cut

An extensive catalog of on-demand shows and movies, plus a budget-friendly price, make Hulu a big contender in the streaming world. So whether you want to start a popular show from the very beginning or catch up on the latest episode of one of your favorite programs, it’s worth giving the service a whirl. Hulu gives you 30 days to try things out for free. 

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