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Hulu Plus Review | Price, Features and Content

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The US exclusive streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) provider, Hulu Plus, has 9 million paying subscribers. What do you get for your money?

Launched in March 2008 by NBCUniversal, but with content from every mainstream TV network, Hulu is an ad-supported internet TV streaming service that allows users to stream movies, TV shows and more from their computer, smart TV, computer, or smart device. After a successful Super Bowl advertisement campaign (featuring 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin as an alien hungry for “mushy” human brains), the streaming service took off.By January 2010, the service reached an epic 903 million monthly views – second to video streaming king, YouTube. Over the years, Hulu has expanded its reach to just about every device you can find under your roof and even added a paid subscription option in November 2010. The service has gone through many impressive transformations, though, it still hasn’t managed to shake off its forced advertising model.

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Price and packages

Plan

Features Devices

Price (per month)

Hulu-logo 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)
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No ads

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)
Hulu-logo 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)
hulu showtime 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?

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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

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
  • Commercial advertisements

Verdict

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.

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    EdmondFebruary 18, 2019

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

    • finder Customer Care
      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

    • finder 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?

    • finder 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?

    • finder 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,

    • finder 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?

    • finder 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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