Thursday May 04, 2017

Hulu Live TV Beta Launches: $40 for 50+ Channels and DVR

Hulu’s experiment with live TV has officially begun, and that prediction of the service being $40/month was right on the money. While there are plenty of other pay-TV services, the company claims that theirs is the only one with live and on-demand channels, original series and films, and a library of premium streaming TV shows and movies all in one place. Remember: the $39.99-per-month base package includes Hulu’s existing $7.99 premium streaming offering, but you will still need to pay an additional $4 for removing the commercials.

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced the launch [Wednesday] during the company's annual Upfront presentation, mentioning that it will feature channels like ESPN, Fox Sports, FX, USA, Viceland, CNN, Fox News and more. Extra cost add-ons include boosting the cloud DVR with 200 hours of storage, or "unlimited screens" streaming that lets users watch video simultaneously on as many devices as they want at their home, as well as up to three devices anywhere else. Both features cost $15 per month on their own, or they can be had together for $20. Beyond that, no commercials on the Hulu library is still $4, while Showtime is a flat $9 add-on and other premium channels are "coming soon."