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Hulu + Live TV television reviews

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Price: $68.99 - $82.99/moChannels: 85+DVR storage hours: Unlimited for 9 mos.
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Rebecca PalmerSenior Staff Writer
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Bri FieldAssigning Editor
Updated 2/9/23

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Hulu + Live TV offers a great on-demand library, but it’s no good on the go

Hulu + Live TV has something for everyone to watch, including one of the best on-demand libraries we reviewed. It’s hard to use on the go, though, and its interface was confusing in our tests. You get great original content, but you can find lower prices and a more conventional viewing experience elsewhere.

What we like

  • Huge streaming library
  • Access to Disney+ and ESPN+
  • Exceptional original content
What we dislike

  • Confusing interface
  • Frustrating on-the-go viewing
  • Limited Spanish-language options

Our expert assessment

A classic on-demand experience, plus most local networks and dozens of channels

Hulu + Live TV has a lot to offer, including a huge library of on-demand content from the Classic Hulu service plus dozens of channels featuring news, entertainment, sports, and more. You can’t get PBS or Univision, but it’s a true replacement for cable TV.

Hulu + Live TV is the one of the most expensive live TV streaming services we reviewed at the starting tier, but just by a few dollars. The high cost starts to make sense when you realize it’s a bundle price. In addition to live TV, you get access to Hulu’s on-demand library ($7.99 per month with ads), Disney+ ($7.99 per month), and ESPN+ ($9.99 per month). That means you get Hulu originals, tons of live sports and events, and thousands of shows and movies.

You also get a ton of annoying, repetitive ads, especially when watching on demand. To get those removed, you would have to pay for an upgrade of about $7 per month. Even then, you would still see ads during live programming and on some on-demand shows. Ick.

A high-quality library and exceptional original programming, but no free trial

Hulu + Live TV shines when it comes to content. (1) You get access to most of your local channels and dozens of live options from popular cable networks. You also get access to the full on-demand libraries of Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+. It’s a truly massive offering. However, it’s important to know what’s missing from the Hulu + Live TV lineup before you sign up because there’s no free trial.

In our tests, we couldn’t find the local networks PBS or Univision, both of which are available on YouTube TV. We also couldn’t get any Lifetime channels, Newsmax, the MLB Network, Vice, INSP, or Ion. However, we were pleased to find A&E, which is missing from the YouTube TV lineup. We also welcomed the addition of Hallmark channels in November of 2022.

The sports lineup is solid, too. You get ESPN channels, Fox Sports channels, TNT, and more. Things got a little worse when it came to Spanish-language channels. In addition to missing the local Univision network, Hulu is missing Galavision, TUDN, and UniMás, even if you pay for the Español add-on.

Hulu + Live TV is a nationwide service, but there are some geographic differences in what’s available. Find channels available in your area.

Lucky for you, the Hulu on-demand library is enormous. If you can’t find what you’re looking for live, you can still find a lot of the content from the missing channels in the streaming library.

Unlimited DVR, but you have to pay extra to avoid repetitive ads

Hulu + Live TV has most of the features you’d expect from a live streaming TV service, including unlimited DVR for nine months and the ability to stop and rewind live TV. You can record ongoing shows or future shows through the channel guide, or record entire programs.

It’s easy to create profiles for multiple users, and you can designate profiles for kids so they have access to only kids shows. That’s the only parental control option available, but we like that it’s set at the account level instead of the device level. You get only two simultaneous streams with the standard package, so you may not want to give the kiddos free rein anyhow.

We loved all the on-demand options, but have one major complaint: the ads. In our tests, the exact same ad aired several times per episode, as if it were designed to be annoying. If you pay extra, you can skip the ads on DVR content, but you’ll still see promotions for recommended content.

It gets worse. We tried to get around ads on live TV by recording the show and waiting a few minutes to start watching, then fast forwarding through the commercials. It works on YouTube TV and most cable TV services we reviewed, but with Hulu we still got blasted with ads every 20 minutes. The only way to skip them was to wait for the show to be over and watch the DVR version.

Gripes aside, we still rank Hulu + Live TV highly on features because of its sweet DVR and parental controls that outshine close competitor YouTube TV. If you’re particularly annoyed by ads, Hulu + Live TV may not be for you. But If you want to bundle live TV and on-demand in one service, it may be worth a shot.

Great library brought down by a confusing interface and superstrict security protocols

Hulu + Live TV feels like it was designed for on-demand streaming rather than live TV watching. It is possible to get to the channel guide for a standard surfing experience, but it took us a few minutes to find it in the mobile app. Finding channels to surf took even longer on the streaming devices and smart TVs we tested.

That said, Hulu is pretty good at guiding you toward what you’ve recently watched and offering up new content you might enjoy. In our tests, the on-demand experience was a lot better than the live TV experience. You can browse by format (TV, Movies, Sports) or search for a specific show or channel. We also liked the Hubs, which are curated collections based around a theme.

If your show is added to “My Stuff” and recorded, it’s easy to track. But if you record a show and forget to add it to “My Stuff,” it’s impossible to find. You don’t get notified when it’s ready, either.

We also ran into a little trouble trying to watch in different locations. We never got the service to work on a Safari browser, even when location tracking was enabled. If we were signed in on an Apple TV at home, we got locked out in the office. We get that Hulu doesn’t want users sharing passwords, but the experience was pretty frustrating.

If you have just one TV and have time to figure out the interface, Hulu + Live TV is a decent experience. But if you want to access the extensive library and channel surf away from home, this service is harder to recommend.

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Hulu + Live TV customer ratings overview

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Top reviews from Hulu + Live TV customers

Victoriafrom Pontotoc, MS
Hulu + Live TV Customer for Less than a year
Reviewed on: 9/10/2022
I love that there are no ads
Ernesto from Austin , TX
Hulu + Live TV Customer for Less than a year
Reviewed on: 9/8/2022
It is great has a good variety of both. Has my favorite original Hulu show as well
Tesha from Bledsoe, KY
Hulu + Live TV Customer for Less than a year
Reviewed on: 9/8/2022
i love hulu it has everything i could dream of watching. it is always there never fails me. has all my favorites and is affordable
Marla from Columbia , SC
Hulu + Live TV Customer for Less than a year
Reviewed on: 9/7/2022
It's easy to use and record to watch later, some of the shows are low budget but do find some entertaining main stream content that satisfies me.
Elliottfrom Adelanto , CA
Hulu + Live TV Customer for Less than a year
Reviewed on: 9/5/2022
I can take Hulu+Live to stream live television shows and sports games on the go
Jenniferfrom Hull, MA
Hulu + Live TV Customer for Less than a year
Reviewed on: 9/4/2022
I like the channels they offer. I wish they would offer full seasons of some shows they have.
Brittany from Kansas City, MO
Hulu + Live TV Customer for Less than a year
Reviewed on: 9/1/2022
I love Hulu original. But Hulu + live TV is a game changer. I don't have to subscribe to Hulu and to a cable company. It's all bundled in one
Bryantfrom Roy, UT
Hulu + Live TV Customer for 1+ years
Reviewed on: 8/21/2022
I don't really watch a whole lot of tv. But when I do watch I am impressed with the quality and options I have to watch.
Nikkifrom Blairesville, GA
Hulu + Live TV Customer for Less than a year
Reviewed on: 8/21/2022
So far I have enjoyed it a bunch. I like that the shows are already there waiti g for me
Eugenefrom Gillette, WY
Hulu + Live TV Customer for Less than a year
Reviewed on: 8/20/2022
They have every channel that I would care to watch. Which is why I chose to subscribe to Hulu + Live TV. I do wish the price were a bit lower.
Steven from Muskegon, MI
Hulu + Live TV Customer for 1+ years
Reviewed on: 8/17/2022
A wonderful experience and fulfills all my desires to watch movies that I love
Daniellefrom Janesville, WI
Hulu + Live TV Customer for 1+ years
Reviewed on: 8/16/2022
I like that I can watch my shows the day after they air. I like their variety of new shows and movies. They have good rates.
Phyllisfrom Arlington, TX
Hulu + Live TV Customer for 4+ years
Reviewed on: 8/16/2022
Too expensive for the service provided
Leefrom Catoosa, OK
Hulu + Live TV Customer for 1+ years
Reviewed on: 8/14/2022
Keep doing what they're doing
Jamesfrom Columbus , OH
Hulu + Live TV Customer for 1+ years
Reviewed on: 8/12/2022
I think it gives a lot of content . And I think they swap out a lot
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Endnotes and sources
(1) "Network Ratings 2021 Top 100 Channels," Variety. Retrieved 7 September 2022.