Hulu Live is getting closer to launch. Deals have been announced this week between Hulu and companies such as CBS. These deals give Hulu access to live stream networks such as Showtime and ESPN.
Now for the first time we got a close look at Hulu’s new live TV streaming service.
From viewing the released images it appears that Hulu Live will take many queues from Hulu’s current apps. This is a brand-new refresh of the Hulu app that current Hulu subscribers will also get. This newapp shares many of the same concepts to the current Hulu apps user interface.
We have seen no traditional channel guide; instead, you get a more show-based system that has pages and tiles for different shows and channels that are live. From there you can drill down to get more details.
When you sign up for the new Hulu you start by telling Hulu what types of shows, genres, and networks you like to watch. Hulu uses this information to personalize the content you see on the main home screen. If you want to search for specific programming or browse all live or on demand content, you can still do that, but Hulu really wants to show you the content you want to actually watch.
The new user interface will use profiles to allow recommendations to be specific for each family member.
Hulu will let you rewind any live TV show at any time, so if you start a show 10 minutes in you will be able to restart it at any time meaning there is no rush if you are late.
However, there are still many questions to be answered. What are the limitations of the DVR? Will every channel offer the restart feature? What will the channel lineup look like? We know it will start under $40 but for how many channels? What add-ons or packages will there be?
We still have many questions but it is starting to look like Hulu is getting closer to a product they can release.
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