The US exclusive streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) provider, Hulu, has 9 million paying subscribers. What do you get for your money?
Price and packages
Price (per month)
|Hulu subscribers can stream more than 85,000 episodes of on-demand television, thousands of movies and award winning Hulu Originals with ads||1 stream allowed at any time.Hulu app can be downloaded to as many devices as you like.||$5.99 USD (1 Month Free)|
|The Hulu (No Ads) plan still offers the same massive library of on-demand TV and movie||1 stream allowed at any time.Hulu app can be downloaded to as many devices as you like.||$11.99 USD (1 Month Free)|
|On-demand and live TV, Hulu + Live TV features more than 60 live sports, news and entertainment channels to stream on virtually any living room or mobile device, PLUS the more than 85,000 episodes of television on demand and thousands of movies in the core Hulu plan||1 stream allowed at any time.Hulu app can be downloaded to as many devices as you like.||$44.99 USD (7 Days Free)|
|Everything that Hulu offers plus Showtime’s award-winning range of television series’ and exclusive movies, sports and documentaries.||1 stream allowed at any time. Hulu app can be downloaded to as many devices as you like.||
(Hulu subscription + $10.99 USD Premium Showtime fee)
There’s no doubt the additional content that Showtime offers is a huge bonus for Hulu customers and it’s even better that you don’t have to sit through advertisements with SHOWTIME on Hulu but it’s hard to justify a monthly fee of $10.99 USD when you still have to sit through invasive commercials when viewing standard Hulu.
What devices and platforms are compatible with Hulu?
Top picks for Hulu
Top picks for SHOWTIME on Hulu
Hulu is definitely king when it comes to content. Recently, it bolstered its already stellar comedy line-up with Larry and Jerry’s lovechild Seinfeld and they continue to add fantastic TV shows and movies all the time. There’s also a lot of action to be found, with John Malkovich as Blackbeard in Crossbones (table 1, middle-left), everybody’s favorite gravelly voiced badass Jack Bauer in 24 and every season of Heroes (right in time for the rebooted series, Heroes: Reborn). In addition, SHOWTIME on Hulu offers a selection of premium shows and movies, albeit at a higher price
Hulu pros and cons
- Good range of compatible devices
- Hulu has loads of popular content
- Made even better by the SHOWTIME add-on
- The SHOWTIME package is more expensive than the service itself
- Commercial advertisements
Paying cable customers have been forced to sit through advertisements for years, but there’s something especially annoying about having to sit through Hulu’s commercials as a paying customer. No other paid streaming service does it, advertisements can be particularly troublesome for those with a poor internet connection and, ultimately, it detracts from the ‘on-demand’ viewing experience.
With that said, Hulu does possess one of the most impressive entertainment libraries on the market. From classic comedies, like Wings and Taxi, to some of the best contemporary dramas, like The Affair and Masters of Sex, there’s a lot of bang for your buck.