Locals are an important part of a streaming package. Even with an antenna, roughly 10 to 20% of Americans struggle to get one or more broadcast TV stations.
Slowly streaming services have been adding locals to their lineups, and Hulu is joining that list of options for anyone who cannot get their locals for free over the air.
Cord Cutters News contacted Hulu asking for a full list of locals available and in what markets. Hulu sent us its current list of locals but made it clear that these are just the stations available at launch with the beta. Hulu went on to say it is working on adding more stations in more markets.
The following is the list Hulu sent us:
|San Francisco-Oak-San Jose||KPIX||KGO||KNTV||KTVU|
|Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)||WRC||WTTG|
|Hartsford & New Haven||WFSB||WNNE|
|Tampa-St Pete (Sarasota)||WTVT|
Hulu’s local channels help them stack up well against competitors such as YouTube TV. Hulu’s live TV beta at launch has all of the YouTube TV locals and more cable channels plus full access to Hulu’s catalog of on-demand content. Giving it a noticeable leg up over YouTube TV. Yet PlayStation Vue still has the most CBS affiliates of any streaming service. (Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW also offer a selection of locals.)
This all may soon be changing as ABC and NBC recently struck deals with their affiliates to support more streaming services. ABC and NBC now have the ability to negotiate on behalf of their affiliates to sell streaming rights to services such as Hulu.
It may still take some time for new deals to be struck and to install services inside each market as mandated by the FCC.
For now if you live in one of the markets on the list, you now have a new option from Hulu to watch your local TV stations.
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