Hulu’s Live TV service claims to offer local channels in “many markets”, giving subscribers access to ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates. However, inputting my address (Raleigh-Durham, NC area), I was only presented with the local ABC affiliate. CBS, Fox, and NBC are available to me as on-demand only propositions, so keep this in mind.
Expanding out to “basic cable” channels, you’ll find all the usual suspects like ESPN, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, HGTV, TNT, USA, Disney Channel, and Food Network among others. You won’t find AMC on the channels list, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for your The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul fixes. In total, over 50 channels will be available (dependent on your location).
Hulu is pricing the service at $39.99 per month and that will get you six individual user profiles and the ability to have two simultaneous streams per account. You will be given 50 hours of cloud DVR space, and you of course have access to Hulu’s full streaming library.
There will also be two optional packages that you can add to your Live TV service, both of which are priced at $14.99. Enhanced Cloud DVR boosts your online storage space from 50 hours to 200 hours and will included the ability to automatically record your favorite shows (and allow you to fast forward through commercials). The Unlimited Screens package allows unlimited simultaneous streams inside your home and up to three outside your home.
You can add both packages together for a bundled price of $19.99 extra per month. Hulu with Live TV also offers Showtime as a standalone $8.99 per month option.
Hulu with Live TV is available today in beta form on Xbox One, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS and Android. In the future, the service will be expanded to support Roku, Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick and Samsung Smart TVs.