'Hulu Live With TV' Online TV Service Launches3 May, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
As expected, Hulu May 3 officially bowed “Hulu With Live TV ” in beta, a standalone online TV service priced at $39.99 a month for 50 channels, 50 hours of DVR cloud storage, up to six individual Hulu profiles, two simultaneous streams and no contract.
The service, which is co-owned by The Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and Comcast, joins Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV and Charter Spectrum TV Plus in a growing market to offer smaller pay-TV channel bundles online without long-term contracts.
“Hulu Live” is available on iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Xbox One, Apple TV (4th generation), and Google Chromecast. It is slated to become available on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Samsung TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, Macs and PCs (Hulu.com).
“By bringing together thousands of live, on-demand and library shows and movies — and serving them up in a uniquely personalized way — Hulu can now be a viewer’s primary source of television,” CEO Mike Hopkins said in a statement. “It’s a natural extension of our business, and an exciting new chapter for Hulu.”
Basic channels include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, ESPN, HGTV, History, TBT, USA and National Geographic, among others.
Separately, Hulu updated its SVOD service with an improved user interface and children’s section enabling kids to browse age-appropriate content on their own.