Now that Hulu has a marquee original title in The Handmaid’s Tale, the streaming service finally thinks it’s got the value proposition to hang with the rest of the streaming TV world. At their Upfront event today, Hulu announced a $40 per month live streaming TV service, and while they’ve got almost all the networks you could want (plus their own originals), a lot of the sweeteners cost extra.
Hulu’s service works like other live streaming TV services — you can cut out your cable service and get your television channels over the internet, instead. In a big win, Hulu has roped in the big four — ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox — from the start, although like with the other services, local networks will only be available in some regions at first.
Their cable selection is formidable, too. With ABC on board, you know they have all the Disney networks, which includes the ESPN family. They’ve also got all the Fox and NBC cable networks, which covers a lot of cable news and sports channels. Hulu has also gotten Scripps on board, netting them the all-important HGTV. Turner networks like TNT are also in the mix.
The Hulu live TV service includes 50 hours worth of DVR storage, six profiles, and two simultaneous streams within the home. Additional DVR space and streaming to more devices will cost extra. You’ll need to pay another $15 per month to get unlimited streams in the home, plus three simultaneous streams outside the home. Hulu’s enhanced cloud DVR provides 200 hours worth of storage, which can be accessed in the home or remotely. That also costs $15 per month, but if you get both the DVR and the extra streams together, they cost just $20.
Not bad for $40 per month! With 50 channels available, it’s not quite the most robust offering in terms of content, but it does have some DVR storage included, which isn’t true for all live streaming TV services. If you want, you can also spend an extra $4 per month to get rid of ads on Hulu originals and on-demand content. And, as usual, Showtime is an add-on ($9 per month). No mention of HBO yet, although Hulu has said they’re working on making deals with other premium channels.
From the start, Hulu Live TV will be available on iOS, Android, Xbox One, Apple TV, and Chromecast. Hulu says support for Roku, Amazon streaming devices, Samsung smart TVs, Mac, and PC will be coming soon.