Hulu is a subscription video on demand service. 30% of the company is owned by Walt Disney Company, 30% if owned by 21st Century Fox, 30% is owned by Comcast, and 10% is owned by Time Warner. This is a no-contract streaming service that delivers on-demand content through an internet connection. It requires no installation, there are no extra fees, and you can cancel anytime. Hulu also offers a live television streaming plan that is currently in beta.
Hulu has been a very popular choice for cord cutters for several years now. They offer live streaming TV but the company gained its popularity from being an inexpensive on-demand content provider. Subscribers can watch full seasons of exclusive series, current episodes, classic favorites, Hulu Originals, hit movies, kids shows, and tons more with minimal commercial interruptions.
Hulu Packages and Pricing
Hulu offers two different types of plans: On-demand and Live TV. The on-demand service is split into two plans, one with commercials and one with limited commercials. This can sometimes be confusing to many because the no commercials plan may still play commercials at the beginning or end of the video. All plans are monthly and contract-free.
Hulu’s on-demand service with commercials is an affordable $7.99/month. The “no commercials plan” is $11.99/month. Both plans offer the same content. Users get access to thousands of TV shows and movies on-demand primarily from the 4 owners (Disney, Fox, Comcast, Time Warner). They also produce some original content such as The Handmaids Tale, which has won several awards including a Golden Globe and Emmy.
The live television service gives you access to over 50 channels of live-streaming. The plan costs $39.99 per month. Hulu with Live TV also includes access to the Hulu Limited Commercials on-demand plan.
|Package Type||Monthly Price||Simultaneous Streams|
|Hulu On Demand with ads||$7.99||1|
|Hulu On Demand without ads||$11.99||1|
|Hulu Live TV and On Demand with ads||$39.99||2|
|Hulu Live TV and On Demand without ads||$43.99||2|
|Hulu Live TV – add Enhanced DVR||add $14.99||2|
|Hulu Live TV – add Unlimited Streams||add $14.99||Unlimited|
Hulu Premium Channel Add-ons
Subscribers can choose froms 3 premium channel add-ons:
- Cinemax – $8.99/month
- HBO – $14.99/month
- Showtime – $9.99
Devices Compatible With Hulu
Hulu is supported by a wide array of devices leaving subscribers with many options. Users have the flexibility to watch their favorite shows and movies in a variety of different ways such as at home on your television or on your phone while you’re on the go. Here is a list of compatible streaming devices.
Compatible Devices for TV: Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV media player, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV (4th generation), Chromecast (2nd generation and higher on Android & iOS devices, Chrome browser), Chromecast Built-in TV, Roku Streaming Players
Compatible Smartphones & Tablets: Android phones 5.0 and higher, Android tablets 5.0 and higher, iPad iOS 10 and higher, iPhone iOS 10 and higher, iPod Touch iOS 10 and higher
Compatible Browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari
Other Hulu Features and Information
On-demand subscribers get one stream per account. Live TV subscribers get two simultaneous streams. They offer the Unlimited Screens add-on which allows unlimited devices on your home network and up to three mobile screens on-the-go. The Unlimited Screens option costs $14.99/month
The DVR service is a pro and a con. The pro is that their functionality is one of the better DVR services amongst cord-cutting services. The con is that the basic service comes with a measly 50 hour of recording time; however, subscribers can upgrade to 200 hours for $15 per month. This is twice as much as the cost of just their on-demand service. There is no limit on simultaneous recording.
Hulu offers “TV Anywhere” with up to 14 logins for different channel apps. There are also parental controls. Hulu has “Kids Mode” profiles that can filter out content. Only Hulu and Sling TV have some form of parental controls.
Local Channel Restrictions
Like most streaming services, there are local channel restrictions. However, this service has one of the most complete local channel offerings. The availability of local channels depends on your location but most major markets give access to the big four broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. Hulu also offers Telemundo and The CW.
Hulu vs. Cable Cost Calculator
This calculator is designed to demonstrate what your typical cost savings would be if you canceled your cable subscription and signed up for one of Hulu’s streaming plans. First, enter the cost of your current plan and then choose which plan you would like. Click here to see our 2018 Cord Cutting Calculator that includes all services.