Quick Look: Hulu is one of the pioneers of video on demand (VOD) streaming services, with the Hulu Plus subscription service launching in 2010 with access to full seasons of TV shows and immediate access to new episodes. Hulu with Live TV appeared in 2017 as a "cable alternative" service with a lineup of popular linear television channels.
Hulu's Roku channel provides viewers with access to both the VOD-only and the live TV services. The VOD service includes original Hulu shows, NBC, ABC, and Fox TV shows and movies, along with programming from cable networks that include A&E, Bravo, E!, PBS, FX, NFL Network, Oxygen, SundanceTV, Syfy, and others. A full list of Hulu's VOD programming can be found here.
Hulu's basic VOD plan is only $5.99/month, after one month free, and includes unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library with limited or no ads. If you don't want to see any ads, you can upgrade to Hulu's No Ads service, which also includes a free month for new users, for $11.99/month. Both services offer you the ability to add HBO, SHOWTIME, CINEMAX, or STARZ for an extra monthly fee.
Hulu + Live TV costs $54.99/month after a one-week free trial. In addition to the ad-supported basic VOD service described above, you'll get over 60 live and on-demand TV channels that included sports, news, and entertainment, along with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage for recording live TV. If you want more viewing options, the Entertainment Add-On ($7.99) provides ten additional channels, including Cooking Channel, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY Network, FYI, and Science. Also available are HBO, SHOWTIME, CINEMAX, and STARZ.
Hulu is currently offering a "bundle" deal that includes Hulu (ad-supported), Disney+, and ESPN+ for $12.99/month, there is no free trial available.
-- Information is current as of March 19, 2020
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