The Complete Guide to Hulu




Why Hulu?

With so many content streaming services, what makes Hulu stand out? To start, Hulu has built strong relationships with many television networks and has more TV content available than any other streaming service. Look for past seasons of classic TV shows, favorites from your childhood, and recent series to catch up on before watching the current season.

Chances are, you’ll be able to watch your favorite primetime shows with a Hulu subscription. While other services make past seasons of shows available to stream, Hulu makes many shows available the day after they air.

Adding to Hulu’s content library is a good selection of original programming. The Handmaid’s Tale, The Mindy Project, Freakish, The Path, Difficult People, and Harlots are just a few of the shows you’ll find exclusively on Hulu.

Plans and Pricing

After a 7 day free trial, you’ll have three options to choose from – the basic plan, the same plan without commercials, and a plan with a live TV feature. Here’s what you’ll pay for each.

The basic Hulu plan is $7.99/month. With your monthly subscription, you’ll have access to Hulu’s on-demand content, including Hulu Originals. You’ll also have the option to add on Showtime, HBO, or Cinemax, each for an additional fee. With the basic plan, you’ll have regular commercial breaks while watching.

To watch without commercials, you’ll need to upgrade to the commercial-free plan at $11.99/month. Other than taking out ads, the plan is the same at the basic plan.

Hulu also has a live TV option. To add that to your plan it will cost $32/month. For the extra cost, you’ll get access to all of the on-demand content Hulu offers, along with about 50 live channels. You’ll also get cloud storage to record and store episodes to watch later. As with the basic and commercial-free plans, you’ll have to pay extra to watch Showtime, HBO, or Cinemax.

How to Watch

Hulu works with all the standard devices.

  • Macs, with Safari 5 or above
  • PCs wth Internet Explorer 10 or above, Firefox 15 or above, or Chrome
  • Game consoles, including XBox One, XBox 360, PS3, PS4, Wii, and WiiU
  • Mobile phones, through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store
  • Tablets
  • Streaming devices, including Apply TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku
  • Smart TVs

Recent Updates and What to Look Forward To

Recently, Hulu gave their mobile app a new look. The company says they’ve made an effort to make it easier for users to see their progress on the shows they’re currently watching, what they’ve already watched, what they want to watch next. The updates also make it easier to cast programming to your TV.

Following in the footsteps of other streaming services, Hulu is working on a download feature. On the mobile app, you’ll be able to download content and watch later, without an internet connection. The feature is ideal for travel.

Hulu is working hard to get the exclusive rights to more great content. In the past couple months, the company has signed deals to get the rights to Will & Grace, 30 Rock, Parenthood, and the entire TGIF lineup from the 90s, including Boy Meets World and Full House.

Look forward to new content being added soon as well. There are several new Hulu original series in the works, including one with Josh Hutcherson saving mankind and another based on Stephen King’s Castle Rock novels.

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