Hulu with Live TV channels, sports, price, plans and packages
All you need to know about Hulu channels, Hulu with Live TV packages, price and channels.
Many people consider Hulu with Live TV as one of the best live TV streaming services, especially if you're into your entertainment, with lots of channels for movie and TV buffs.
That said, Hulu's live TV offering is just as great for news, sports, reality or anything else, and it's growing all the time, recently having added PBS' local channels and PBS Kids into the mix.
This is a jack-of-all-trades live TV service; while Hulu doesn't have the low price of Sling TV, the sporting selection of FuboTV or the long channel list of YouTube TV, it's a great mid-range option for those who want lots of channels but not a high monthly bill.
Thanks to its offerings, Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular live TV streaming platforms in the US, partly thanks to its price and partly thanks to the on-demand library of Hulu shows and Hulu movies that comes bundled with it. Not only that, but the live TV streaming service also offers access to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus.
That means you also get series like Loki, The Handmaid's Tale, The Great, The Mandolorian Life & Beth, Pam & Tommy and lots of live sports. You also get all of FX's shows, like The Old Man, What We Do in the Shadows and Welcome to Wrexham the day after they air on traditional TV.
There's a lot going on with Hulu these days. Here's what you need to know.
What's the difference between Hulu and Hulu Live TV?
THE BASICS: A standard Hulu subscription is $7.99 a month
or $69.99 a year and gets you the full on-demand catalog.
NO COMMERCIALS: For $14.99 a month you'll get the on-demand catalog and almost zero adverts.
HULU WITH LIVE TV: For $69.99 a month you'll get more than five dozen channels, plus the on-demand catalog. $75.99 per month for no ads.
DISNEY BUNDLE: Or sign up for the Disney Bundle — that's Hulu, Disney Plus and ESPN Plus all for just $13.99 a month.
You have to think about Hulu as two separate things with mostly the same name. Hulu proper is the on-demand streaming service that has all kinds of movies and TV shows from a number of different places. Sometimes they're exclusive to Hulu — say, The Handmaid's Tale — and sometimes they pull from multiple studios.
Hulu also offers FX shows after the air on traditional TV, as well as where you'll find some truly excellent streaming exclusives like A Teacher, Devs and Mrs. America.
Hulu with Live TV is exactly what it sounds like — it's live TV, available through Hulu.
Does Hulu with Live TV have a free trial?
Yes, there is a Hulu with Live TV free trial. First you'll have to sign up for Hulu itself. But new and existing Hulu customers (who don't already have or previously had Hulu With Live TV) can try it for free. The standard free trial is seven days, but right now Hulu is offering a month long free trial to Hulu.
That free trial of Hulu with Live TV will get you full access to all of the live and on-demand channels, cloud-based DVR and the full streaming library.
If you decide to cancel Hulu with Live TV before the end of the trial, your credit card won't be charged.
How much does Hulu with Live TV cost?
Hulu and Hulu with Live TV are available together for $69.99 a month.
With your subscription you can get more than 80 live channels (see the full list below), the ability to watch on two devices at one time and the ability to record 50 hours of live TV onto cloud-based storage.
In addition to all the live channels, you'll also have access to the entire Hulu on-demand library for that same $69.99-a-month price. This version of Hulu with Live TV does feature ads.
If you want to get rid of ads on the on-demand content, you'll pay $75.99 a month.
In addition to all of the Hulu content and live TV the service offers, Hulu with Live TV now also features Disney Plus and ESPN Plus as standard features with either subscription option.
Consumers also have the option to just get Live TV and not the Hulu original and on-demand library for $1 less at $68.99 per month.
Hulu with Live TV is going to have a price change soon. The standalone Hulu option costs $7.99 per month with ads and $14.99 per month without ads; an annual plan for Hulu with ads is $79.99 (there is not annual option for the ad-free plan).
Hulu with Live TV, meanwhile, is changing up its current no-ads plan and adding a new option. The new Premium plan offers no ads for Disney Plus and Hulu (still ads on ESPN Plus) and costs $82.99.
The current premium plan for $74.99 per month is only going to remain available for existing subscribers and offers Disney Plus (with ads), Hulu (with ads) and ESPN Plus (with ads).
- Hulu With Live TV: $69.99 a month
- Hulu With Live TV and no VOD ads: $75.99 a month
- Live TV only: $68.99 a month
However, Hulu with Live TV is offering a nice discount for a limited time. From September 6 to October 5, new users can sign up for Hulu with Live TV ad-supported subscription for $49.99 per month, a $20 discount, for three months. After this period is over, subscribers who signed up through this deal will automatically be renewed for another month at what will then be the standard monthly price of $74.99.
How to sign up for Hulu or Hulu with Live TV
- In your favorite web browser, visit Hulu.com/live-tv.
- Choose whether you want Hulu without ads, or Hulu with ads or Hulu with Live TV.
- Enter email address, choose a strong password and feed Hulu your name and birthdate and gender.
- Click Continue, then enter your payment information. You can use a credit or debit card, or choose "Express Options" for PayPal or AMEX Express Checkout.
- Now choose any premium add-ons like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax or STARZ. (If you've chosen Hulu with Live TV, you also can choose from the live add-on options.)
And that's that. You can now start watching anything and everything on Hulu.
The Disney Bundle
With Disney owning Hulu, it is offering US consumers what is known as the Disney Bundle, which combines Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu (all ad-enabled) for $12.99 per month.
There's another tier which excludes ESPN Plus, but only costs $9.99.
Following the addition of Disney Plus and ESPN Plus as standard features on Hulu with Live TV, that is now another option for the Disney Bundle. Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu are all part of the Hulu with Live TV plans starting at $69.99 per month.
The live channels you get with Hulu Live
Hulu with Live TV currently has more than 80 channels. It's possible that what you get where you live may vary slightly (local and regional rules still apply here, especially when it comes to local broadcast channels), but the broad strokes should remain the same.
Here are the Hulu with Live TV channels:
- ABC (select markets)
- ABC News Live
- ACC Network
- Adult Swim
- Animal Planet
- Big Ten Network
- Bloomberg Television
- Cartoon Network
- CBS (select markets)
- CBS Sports Network
- CBS News
- Cheddar News
- CNN International
- Comedy Central
- COZI TV
- Crime + Investigation
- The CW
- Discovery Channel
- Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- ESPN College Extra
- ESPN News
- Food Network
- Fox (select markets)
- Fox Business
- Fox News Channel
- Golf Channel
- Investigation Discovery
- Lifetime Movies
- Military History
- National Geographic
- National Geographic Wild
- NBC (select markets)
- NBC LX
- NBC News Now
- NFL Network
- Nick Jr.
- Olympic Channel (until September 30)
- Paramount Network
- SEC Network
- Smithsonian Channel
- Start TV
- Travel Channel
- TV Land
- Universal Kids
If you want to see what movies and TV shows are now streaming on Hulu with Live TV, check out our breakdown of what's new on Hulu in September.
What add-ons are available with Hulu with Live TV?
Live channels aren't the only thing you can get with Hulu With Live TV. So long as you don't mind paying for them, there are a number of extras that can be had. Here's how they break down:
- HBO Max: $14.99. a month
- Showtime: $10.99. a month with a free one-week trial
- Cinemax: $9.99 a month with a free one-week trial
- STARZ: $8.99 a month with a free one-week trial
- Entertainment add-on: $7.99 a month, adds American Heroes Channel, BET Her, CNBC World, Cooking Channel, Crime & Investigation, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, Magnolia Network, Great American Country, Military History Channel, MTV2, MTV Classic, Nick Toons, Science Channel and Teen Nick.
- Español Add-On: $4.99 a month, adds CNN en Español, Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, NBC Universo, and History en Español.
- Sports Add-On: $9.99 a month, adds NFL RedZone, TVG, TVG2, Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Channel and MAV TV.
- Unlimited screens: $9.99 a month with a free one-month trial, includes ability to work with three screens on the go
DVR space for Hulu with Live TV has been upgraded. After previously providing up to 50 hours of DVR space as standard for all accounts, with the option for an add-on feature that allowed for 200 hours on DVR, Hulu with Live TV now offers unlimited DVR space no additional cost. Anyone who was paying for the DVR space add-ons will see their monthly bill reduced by those amounts. In addition, the unlimited DVR feature allows subscribers to fast forward through commercials at no extra cost
One thing to note, though the DVR space is unlimited, Hulu says that the content will only be available in the DVR for nine months.
What devices support Hulu with Live TV?
If you can watch Hulu, you can watch Hulu With Live TV. They're built into the same app. And that means that you can watch Hulu With Live TV on just about every modern piece of streaming hardware.
That includes on a web browser on a Mac or PC. That means you're good to go on an iPhone or Android Phone, or and iPad or Android tablet. You can watch Hulu With Live TV on Roku and Amazon Fire TV or on Apple TV and Android TV. Chromecast and AirPlay work, too, as do Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 and 5.
Certain smart TVs are supported, too, including select models from Samsung, LG and Vizio.
Does Hulu With Live TV have live sports?
Perhaps you've seen the commercials? Yes, Hulu has live sports. That includes broadcast events like you'll find on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, plus live sports on networks like ESPN and FS1.
There also are games on ACC Network, SEC Network and the Big Ten network.
The only caveat here is that local and regional channels can vary depending on where you live, so you'll want to plug in your ZIP code with Hulu first to double check.
Can you record live TV on Hulu?
Yes. Hulu with Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage out of the box, so you can record up to that much before having to make some tough choices about which Real Housewives series has to go.
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Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for AndroidCentral.com and Mobile Nations and is the Dad part of Modern Dad.