This week I had a great in-person demo of Hulu’s new Live TV streaming service. If you want to see my first impressions, you can find them HERE.
From that post I received a lot of questions—many of them asked multiple times—so I decided to do my best to answer as many as I can here so everyone sees it. Remember I only got a demo not an account to take home and test. That means I only saw what they wanted me to see so what I know is limited.
Here is my best effort to answer your questions about Hulu Live:
What devices will the new service support?
I can confirm that the Apple TV will be a part of Hulu as will Chromecast along with Android and iOS at launch. (Most of these devices are already listed as being part of the current beta program.) At launch not all devices will be supported. Hulu did make it clear that they plan to quickly add more devices like Roku players and the Fire TV after launch but did not have a timeline for when other devices would be supported.
When will Hulu Live be released?
Hulu did not give a date for when its new Live TV service would be released. It is like they do not even know. It has not even been two weeks since a small beta has started, and Hulu is likely still working out the bugs.
Hulu has been clear that the beta it is sending out now will not be the final product. So it’s likely that while we are close the release date is still down the road at some future point.
So, in short, we don’t know.
What is the channel lineup?
Sadly I do not know the full channel lineup. What I can say is Hulu has deals to offer locals. (Not surprising because Fox, NBC, and ABC all have part ownership in Hulu.) The recent deal with CBS gives Hulu access to the only network that is not a part owner.
Although it will have local channels I do not know what markets the channels will be in. It seems that Hulu is still working on getting deals to allow access to more local channels.
What I can say is if you live in a market that has locals but travel to a different market that has locals you will get the local channels for whatever market you are in, which is something most live TV streaming services do not offer.
Beyond that I was not shown a channel list or a full list of supported channels.
What about regional sports networks?
I do have good news. Hulu will offer regional sports networks as part of its base package. I do not know what regional sports networks will be part of the new service, but we can make some guesses.
Some of the biggest regional sports networks, Fox Sports and Comcast Sports Net, are both owned by the owners of Hulu. So we can take an educated guess that they will likely be part of Hulu’s new Live TV service.
That is all for now but if you have a question post it in the comments, and I will do my best to answer more questions in a future post.
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