This week we learned that Hulu’s live TV streaming service beta is coming to an end. It is rumored that in early to mid-May the new Hulu live TV streaming service will be released. So with only maybe a week away from it going public let’s take a look at what we know about the service.
Hulu Owners Who Will Be on Hulu Live
Disney is part owner of Hulu and has agreed to bring its channels such as ABC and ESPN to the service. We can assume that the base package will at least offer ESPN and likely Freeform.
Fox is also a part owner of Hulu and has agreed to bring its channels including FX, FS1, and FOX to the service. Again we don’t know what channels or what packages.
Last year Time Warner agreed to buy 10% of Hulu and allow its channels such as TBS, CNN, and HBO to be on Hulu’s live TV service.
Recently it was reported that NBCUniversal and Hulu have come to an agreement. This has not been confirmed by either Hulu or NBCUniversal, but it does give new hope that NBCUniversal channels will be on the new Hulu live TV streaming service.
Just last week it was announced that A+E Network and its family of channels such as History, Viceland, and A+E will all be on Hulu’s live TV service.
CBS has for a long time been hesitant to support Hulu. A few CBS shows are on Hulu but most have been saved for CBS All Access; however, Hulu in a major deal announced in January 2017, said it had come to an agreement for CBS-owned networks to be on Hulu.
Networks That Will NOT Be on Hulu’s Live TV Service
Yes Viacom and Hulu have terminated all contracts. This seems to be mostly on Viacom, which announced that it wants to promote traditional pay TV and does not see a benefit in services such as Hulu. That means channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, and Spike TV will all be missing from Hulu’s live TV service.
Some of the breakup seems mutual because Viacom-owned channels have seen a huge hit in ratings. Viacom also recently announced that it will cut the number of channels it is focusing on in half leaving many to wonder if they pay for a Viacom channel such as TV Land will it be there in a year.
Just because a network has come to a deal with Hulu does not mean all of its channels will be included or will be in the base package. (Example: Fox has a deal with Sling TV but Fox News is still not on Sling TV.) So take this all with a grain of salt because we do not know the full details.
According to Tech Crunch Hulu’s live TV service will cost $39.99 and include Hulu’s basic limited commercial on-demand service.
The $39.99 price will also include a DVR and a rumored two streams at once. If you want extra DVR space or more streams you can buy that through add-ons.
Cord Cutters News talked with Hulu and confirmed that Apple TV 4th generation, iOS, Android phones/tablets, Chromecast, and XBOX ONE will be the devices supported at launch and Fire TV, Roku, PlayStation, laptops, and computers will be supported soon. (No word on when a standalone Android TV app will come; however, you will be able to use the Chromecast feature at launch on Android TV.)
Hopefully soon we will get an official announcement from Hulu confirming things like a channel lineup and pricing.
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