The Ultimate Guide to Hulu 2018 Edition

When looking at the most popular streaming services among cord cutters, it’s safe to say that Hulu has earned a spot at the top of the list. With the introduction of Hulu with Live TV and the consistent additions of new content, there’s always something new to watch.

Plans and Pricing

When signing up for a Hulu account, you’ll have the option of a basic plan, Hulu with Live TV, and either plan without commercials.

Hulu’s basic plan costs $7.99/month. You’ll have access to Hulu’s library of streaming content, with limited commercials. The content can only be streamed on one device at a time, but you’ll have the option to create up to 6 separate profiles. For $11.99/month, you’ll get the same plan, without commercial breaks.

A Hulu with Live TV plan costs $39.99/month. With this plan, you’ll have access to the library of streaming content, along with 50+ live and on-demand channels. You’ll also have the option to record live TV, with 50 hours of DVR storage. Again, you can create up to 6 separate profiles, but with this plan, you can stream on two devices simultaneously.

With the Hulu with Live TV plan, you’ll also have the option of an enhanced cloud DVR with 200 hours of storage for $14.99/month and an upgrade to view on an unlimited amount of screens for $14.99/month. If you bundle both add ons, you’ll get a discounted price of $20/month.

You can also get Hulu for free with your Sprint wireless service. (See Sprint for details and limitations.)

How to Watch

You can watch your favorite Hulu content on the following devices:

  • Android phones and tablets
  • Apple TV (4th gen or later)
  • Chromecast
  • Fire Tablets
  • Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • iPhones and iPads
  • LG TV (select models)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
  • Samsung TV (select models)
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One

What You Can Watch

These are the networks that offer content on Hulu on-demand service:

  • A&E
  • ABC
  • ABC News
  • Adult Swim
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • All the Awesomeness TV
  • BBC America
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS
  • Cheddar
  • CMT
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Discovery
  • Discovery en Espanol
  • Disney
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • E!
  • Epix Originals
  • Food Network
  • Fox
  • Fox News
  • Freeform
  • Fuse
  • FX
  • FXX
  • Here TV
  • HGTV
  • History
  • Hulu Originals
  • ID
  • Lifetime
  • MHZ
  • MTV
  • MY Network
  • Nat Geo Mundo
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • National Geographic
  • NBC
  • NBC News
  • Nickelodeon
  • Sci
  • SyFy
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Tru TV
  • Universal Kids

You can also choose to add on the following premium channels for an additional monthly fee.

  • Cinemax ($10/month)
  • HBO ($15/month)
  • Showtime ($9/month)

Available live channels will depend on what networks are available in your area.

What’s New

Recently, Hulu made an agreement with Viacom to bring new content to the streaming service. The deal will make Hulu the exclusive source for watching select shows and movies from Nickelodeon networks. Start looking for shows from Nickelodeon, VH1, and Comedy Central. Here’s the content you can catch exclusively on Hulu:

Series

  • Daria
  • The New Edition Story
  • Nathan for You
  • My Super Sweet Sixteen (collection of episodes)
  • Alvinnn!!! And the Chipmunks (seasons 1&2)
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (seasons 1-3)
  • Make it Pop
  • School of Rock
  • Harvey Beaks
  • Big Time Rush
  • Every Witch Way
  • Wits Academy

Movies

  • Rufus
  • Rufus 2
  • Rugrats Tales from the Crib: Snow White
  • Rugrats Tales from the Crib: Three Jacks and a Bean Stock
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple
  • 100 Things to Do Before High School
  • Best Player
  • Jinxed
  • One Crazy Cruise
  • The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
  • Liar, Liar, Vampire

In addition to adding content from different channels, the Hulu team has been creating more original content. News seasons of favorite Hulu original series, including Harlots and I Love You, America are scheduled to begin in July. After the success of The Handmaid’s Tale and other originals, Hulu CEO Randy Freer has commented that he hopes to add 20 or 25 series in 2019.

The live TV option has gotten an upgrade for several devices, as of May 2018. If you’re using Hulu with Live TV on Apple TV, XBox One, Amazon Fire TV, or Nintendo Switch, you’ll now be able to use an enhanced guide to scan the shows currently airing and easily search for the things you want to watch.

With over 800,000 live TV subscribers and 20 million total subscribers, Hulu is making an effort to focus on the user experience, along with improving technology and introducing new content. Leadership is changing, and we’ll be sure to see more updates and changes in the coming months.

Correction: A earlier version of this story listed Hulu as having 800,000 total subscribers. Hulu has 800,000 live TV subscribers and 20+ million total subscribers.

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