Is adding live TV to Hulu more of a good thing Not

first_img No Yes No $ Yes Premium live TV streaming services compared Yes $ No No No Travel Channel Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Yes Yes Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Freeform FX Movie Channel Hulu with Live TV ($45) No No 3 $ No Yes Yes Yes No Yes (no ABC) Yes, in many markets Record shows for later (cloud DVR) Yes (keep for 9 months) No Yes Yes (30GB, 500GB for $10 a month) 63 Yes Yes Yes Yes No MyNetworkTV Yes $ Yes 2 ($6 option for 3) 5 DirecTV Now ($50) Premium channels compared Cartoon Network Yes Yes TV Land No Total channels: TBS $ $ Yes ABC Yes $ No Comedy Central CBS Yes IFC Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes Lifetime Movie Network Yes Yes Nat Geo Wild No No Yes No Yes Yes Cheddar $ Yes No No Fox Sports 1 Yes Yes DirecTV Now Yes Yes Yes $ PBS Yes No PlayStation Vue Yes YouTube TV ($50) Animal Planet Yes Yes Yes No Fox Sports 2 64 Yes No No No No Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No No No $ $ $ Yes Yes NFL Red Zone Yes No PS Vue ($45) No Yes No Yes Weather Channel Hulu Apple No $50/month, $60/month or $80/month Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ $ No No Yes Fox News Yes No $50/month for 70+ channels Hulu with Live TV No HGTV Yes Yes Yes Yes What do you get?Hulu has offered the Live TV service for over two years now, and its price has remained relatively stable — only increasing $5 a month. Other services have had bigger increases, including YouTube TV and DirecTV Now, both now up to $50.Hulu with Live TV expands on the existing on-demand service with over 60 live channels and throws in both a DVR and “guide.” Live TV is available on all the major platforms including browsers, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku.  Yes Yes Yes No No No BET No No Yes No Investigation Discovery No CNN Yes No Yes No MLB Network Sarah Tew/CNET With its recent price drop to $6, basic Hulu is one of the best deals in streaming. It offers gobs of current and past TV shows and movies for the price of a salted caramel mocha. Sadly, upgrading your subscription to Hulu with Live TV renders it a poor bargain. At $45 per month, or $55 if you want a DVR that actually lets you fast-forward through commercials, Hulu’s live TV option pales in comparison to other premium live TV streaming services, especially YouTube TV.In its favor, Hulu with Live TV does offer a healthy mix of channels and a (limited) DVR at the cheapest tier, and the deep on-demand catalog of Hulu is a great addition. But the problems of Hulu’s user interface, which may be forgivable in a service that costs $6 per month, are tough to overlook on a premium product. See it at HuluNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy products or services featured on our site. FuboTV No No Cooking Channel Yes Yes Fox No $ VH1 Yes Yes CW Yes Yes Yes Yes No Hallmark Yes Yes Smithsonian No Newsy No Yes Yes No Disney Junior Channel Yes HBO Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Disney XD No No Golf Channel No AMC $55/month for 100+ channels TNT No No Yes Yes Yes Premium services History Yes 2 ($15 option for unlimited) Yes Yes No ESPN Yes BBC World News Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Telemundo No Yes BBC America Yes No Yes $ $ Yes No Food Network DIY Yes Yes OWN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes No Yes No Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… ESPN 2 Disney Channel Yes No E! $ Boomerang No $ TVs Media Streamers Cinemax $ Yes Yes $ No Yes No Yes Yes Now playing: Watch this: No Yes FXX No Yes Yes No No reading • Hulu with Live TV review: Frustrating menus, limited DVR spoil the deal Yes Yes $ No 47 No Yes No Yes Viceland NBC Yes Yes Yes Yes CNBC Oxygen NBC Sports Network Total number of top 100 channels Yes $ No No Yes (need $10/mo. Enhanced DVR to skip commercials) No No Yes Yes No No No SEC Network CBS Sports Network Yes (20GB, keep for 30 days) Simultaneous streams per account Yes Yes $ Lifetime No Yes Yes No $ No No Yes $ ESPNU Turner Classic Movies Yes (keep for 28 days) No No $ Showtime Yes Yes Yes MSNBC Yes $ No Bravo MTV No $ YouTube TV No Yes A&E Step-up packages with more channels Yes Base price Yes Yes Yes No 58 Yes HLN No National Geographic Yes Yes Big Ten Network No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes CNET Apps Today Sundance TV No Yes Yes $ $ Tags $ $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Yes, in many markets No Yes Yes No Yes No No Science Nicktoons No No No Yes No Yes No No No Nickelodeon ESPNews Yes Yes Yes Paramount Network No Motor Trend $45/month for 60+ channels $ Comments MTV2 Yes Destination America Yes 45 • $ $ No NFL Network Yes Yes $ Yes Fox Business Apart from the unusual interface, which I’ll cover shortly, the service’s biggest gotcha is the $10-a-month charge for the Enhanced DVR. The standard, non-enhanced DVR on Hulu Live lacks the ability to fast-forward and rewind through commercials on recorded content. To get that functionality, you need to spring for the Enhanced DVR.Many users see commercial skipping as a must-have for any DVR. Adding it brings the monthly price of Hulu with Live TV up to $60, which is more expensive than the basic tier of any other live TV service. And all of the other premium services include cloud DVRs that let you skip commercials as part of their standard functions.Read more: Hulu vs. DirecTV Now vs. Sling TV vs. YouTube TV and more: Live TV channels comparedHulu’s channel count is solid, better than PlayStation Vue but worse than YouTube TV and Fubo TV (meanwhile DirecTV Now has HBO). Check the channel lineup at the end of the article, or the big comparison above, to see if the Hulu with Live TV’s mix is right for you. Important missing channels include AMC, BBC America, MTV and Comedy Central.A short time ago, Hulu and Spotify cooperated on a super-sweet $10 bundle and while the deal has now expired it still has a number of subscribers who are grandfathered in. In case you’re wondering, you can’t upgrade this package to Hulu with Live TV (I know, I tried). To upgrade, you’ll need to create a new account and/or lose the bundle.What’s it like to use?02-hulu-live-tvGo directly to the Kardashians. Do not pass go. Do not pay $45. Sarah Tew/CNET Of all of the live TV services I’ve used, Hulu’s interface has the most radical design, but I liked it the least. As soon as you open Hulu with Live TV, the home page shows you just four-and-a-half shows at a time — a tiny number compared to all of the choices on Hulu — and other tabs are similarly limited, with too much wasted space. If you’ve used Hulu before, then you’ll notice that Live TV adds two new tabs to the existing Home, Browse, Search and Profile — these are My Stuff (DVR) and Live TV. I also dislike the two rows of different tabs at the top, which makes it more confusing to navigate. The first sub-tab on the home page is called Hulu Picks. Unlike Netflix’s suggestions, it seems to simply push whatever the hell Hulu feels like showing. On my account, it was the same five shows regardless of the profile chosen  — the Kardashians and the Good Fight — and these only disappeared if the particular profile had been created as a kid’s one. Hulu’s guide is the least-usable of any other streaming service out there. It again displays just four-and-a-half rows on each page and there’s no 14-day guide to browse upcoming shows. The Roku/Fire TV interface only shows you the next show on the selected channel. You need to scroll down ad infinitum to see what’s playing next. Meanwhile, Apple TV does lets you flick through and see more for the rest of the day — but the current show still takes up most of the available space. 05-hulu-live-tv Sarah Tew/CNET Likewise recording to the DVR is a pain — you can only do it from the guide and not while watching a show. You need to enter the guide and either long-press the middle button (Apple/Roku) or press the hamburger button and click record. Every other DVR-available service lets you record straight from the timeline, or at least while the show is still playing.Should you get it?If you’re a Hulu fan, like the mix of channels and don’t need a DVR with commercial skipping, then Live TV could be what you’re looking for. That is, if the interface doesn’t drive you bonkers. If you are looking for a premium live TV service, YouTube TV is worth the extra $5 per month over Hulu. Its channel offering is better, its DVR is more robust, and its interface is much easier to use. Yes No $ Yes No No $70/month Bloomberg TV Yes 2 ($5 option for 3) Yes Yes Yes Syfy Yes No $50/month for 45+ channels FX No 58 No 2:44 No $45/month for 55+ channels No C-SPAN Yes Yes No Yes WE tv Yes $ No No Starz No CMT TLC No Yes Yes No NBA TV Yes Yes ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels $ No $ Yes 45 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes EPIX Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Univision $ Yes Yes NHL Network Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Yes No USA Network Yes No Yes Yes Yes No TruTV Yes Yes Yes, in many markets Yes Nick Jr. Yes Yes No $ No Tastemade No No Yes No 62 Yes See All Apple Yes Yes No No Discovery Channel 47 Tennis Channel Share your voice 15 No Yes Yes Yes Yeslast_img

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