Hulu + Live TV review | Price, features and data usage

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Hulu pros and cons

Pros

  • Good range of compatible devices
  • Hulu has loads of popular content
  • Made even better by the SHOWTIME add-on

Cons

  • The SHOWTIME package is more expensive than the service itself
  • The cheapest tier has lengthy commercial advertisements

What is Hulu

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.

From new episodes of the latest shows as well as more niche offerings, Hulu has plenty to satisfy TV buffs of all stripes. On the movie front, its library is decidedly less impressive, featuring mostly older titles like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Saturday Night Fever. You can deal with this by subscribing to the Showtime package, which expands the catalogue with newer releases.

Hulu also features a range of original programming, including the Golden Globe-nominated comedy series Casual, Stephen King’s sci-fi thriller 11.22.63 and the romantic-comedy The Mindy Project.

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

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Name Product Service type Pricing Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
Pay TV
$44.99
7 days
Yes
99
2
On-demand streaming
$5.99
30 days
Yes
99
1
On-demand streaming
$11.99
30 days
Yes
99
1

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What devices and platforms are compatible with Hulu?

How much data does Hulu use?

Like all streaming services, Hulu can chew through a hefty amount of data depending on how heavily it is used. As a guide, Hulu recommends a minimum Internet speed of 1.5Mbps for Standard Definition (SD) streaming. For 720p, that goes up to 3Mbps, while 1080p requires 6Mbps. At 4K Ultra HD, a 13Mbps connection is necessary for smooth playback.

In practical terms, this means that SD streaming uses up approximately 675MB an hour, 1080p uses 2.7GB every hour and 4K chews through a whopping 5.9GB an hour. Assuming an average of 10 hours of streaming a week, this comes out as approximately 27GB a month for SD, 108GB a month for HD and 236GB a month for 4K.

Does Hulu ever go on sale?

Hulu tends to offer their best deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with previous years having a monthly price of 99 cents a month or $12 a year for new and eligible returning subscribers. Find out about 2019‘s deals for Hulu in our Black Friday page.

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Name Product Service type Pricing Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
On-demand streaming
$5.99
30 days
Yes
99
1
Sports
$4.99
No
No
99
3
Sling TV
Sling TV
Pay TV
$15
7 days
No
4
4
On-demand streaming
$8.99
30 days
Yes
99
2
Redbox On Demand
Redbox On Demand
Pay TV
$1.75
1 day
Yes
5
5

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Case study: Ezra's experience

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Ezra Wolfgang
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I signed up for Hulu on Cyber Monday in 2018 through a special deal to new customers — $0.99 a month for a whole year. Unless Hulu offers me that deal again, I’m unlikely to continue my subscription once the year is up.

My basic plan includes advertisements that come up awkwardly in the middle of scenes. I could forgive this if the streaming quality was strong and consistent, but I often have buffering issues that interrupt what I’m watching. Furthermore, films and TV shows are often pixelated and rarely play at high-definition.

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    EdmondFebruary 18, 2019

    Does Hulu plus include the Fox sports southwest channel for the Spurs games?

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      JoshuaFebruary 19, 2019Staff

      Hi Edmond,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Upon checking, the answer to your question is yes. You can watch Spurs games on Fox Sports Southwest channel.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    AnnNovember 23, 2018

    I asked my son that gets Hulu plus and he only found 6 Korean shows how does he find more

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      AshNovember 24, 2018Staff

      Hello Ann,

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Hulu has a wide selection of Korean TV shows that you may access by simply searching or typing in ‘Korean’. You may navigate through the ‘Genre’ for Korean TV shows or Movies.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again to us if you have additional questions.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    AnnNovember 19, 2018

    How much to get Korean dramas and are there a lot

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      joelmarceloNovember 20, 2018

      Hi Ann,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Korean dramas are already included in a basic Hulu plan. They have a wide selection of the most popular Korean dramas as I checked. I suggest you sign up for the trial so you can experience it first hand. :)

      Please send me a message if you need anything else.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    AnNovember 18, 2018

    We are just looking for Fox News live stream. Which Hulu plan should we get to get fox news?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaNovember 18, 2018Staff

      Hi An,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      You would need to subscribe to Hulu with Live TV and you should be able to watch Fox News live. Moreover, their plan would also include on-demand TV from 50+ channels as well as unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    HectorJuly 20, 2018

    Hi, does Hulu has wapa America or wapatv Puerto Rico?

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      BrianOctober 10, 2019Staff

      Hi Hector,

      As of right now, Hulu does not get access to WAPA America. While there is an The Español Add-on service available that gives access to Spanish on-demand content, if you want a TV streaming service that gets WAPA America, you’ll want to look into Sling as an option instead.

      Hope this helps!

      Brian

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      AshJuly 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Hector,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      WAPA America or WAPA – TV Puerto Rico is not yet in Hulu. This station is available on DirecTV and on various cable television providers. Hulu is a streaming internet service that allows you to watch TV shows and movies and they do not feature specific TV channel. Though you may search in Hulu’s content the TV show or Movie from that specific channel.

      I hope this helps.

      Let us know if there is anything else that I may assist you with.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    MyronJanuary 29, 2018

    Is the entertainment package part of the 11.99 plan Including showtime, STARZ, TNT etc,

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      AshFebruary 16, 2018Staff

      Hello Myron,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      The Hulu Experience $11.99 No Commercial Package does not include Premium Networks such as Showtime, HBO and Cinemax. You may access their content by adding them to your subscription. In the meantime, TNT and STARZ are not available on Hulu.

      If you like to check the contents added to a pack and if you like to subscribe, please visit Hulu’s official site.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out to us again if you have additional questions.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    KimAugust 30, 2017

    What about Hulu’s live tv product? and HBO?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MayAugust 31, 2017Staff

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      “Live TV Service” and other related contents are actually offered by Hulu and you can include that in your subscription. The same is true with HBO. If you’d like to check the specific shows on Live TV and HBO, best to visit Hulu’s main website. Moreover, you can also check the Terms and Conditions found on the Hulu website for more details about Live TV Service.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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