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Hulu (aka Hulu Plus) is a leading streaming TV service that offers live TV, live sports, Hulu original shows and movies, as well as classic and new offerings from top cable TV and premium channels. The company provides both ad-free and ad-supported subscription plans, a free 30-day trial for all packages, and the opportunity to bundle its streaming services with other streaming providers.

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The Good

  • Expansive Library of Movie Options and TV Shows
  • Ad-Free and Live TV Options Available
  • Bundle with Disney+ and ESPN+ for $12.99 per Month
  • Premium Channels Available as Add-Ons
  • Student Discount for $1.99 per Month

Expansive Library of Movie Options and TV Shows

In addition to its growing library of Hulu original movies and TV shows, Hulu offers subscribers a formidable catalog from some of the biggest names in television, including 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation, The CW, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Discovery Networks, and the following channel lineup:

  • ABC
  • Adult Swim
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • Bravo
  • CINEMAX (add-on)
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • E! Entertainment
  • Epix Originals
  • Food Network
  • Freeform
  • Fuse
  • FX and FXX
  • HBO Max (add-on)
  • HereTV
  • HGTV
  • History Channel
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • MTV
  • National Geographic
  • Science
  • SHOWTIME (add-on)
  • STARZ (add-on)
  • SYFY
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • USA
  • VH1
  • WGN America

In most cases, subscribers can gain access to newly aired episodes of their favorite shows the day after they air. All streaming content is available through the Hulu app, available via mobile device, computer, or smart TV.

Ad-Free and Live TV Options Available

Each of Hulu's subscription plans offer the first month free. After that, subscribers could pay anywhere between $5.99 to $64.99 per month, depending on their subscription plan:

  • Hulu ($5.99 per month) — full access to streaming library via TV, laptop, phone, or tablet; supports up to six user profiles and simultaneous streams on two devices.
  • Hulu (No Ads; $11.99 per month) — all the features of the standard Hulu plan, plus no ads or commercials, as well as the ability to download and watch content for offline viewing.
  • Hulu + Live TV Plan ($64.99 per month) — no cable required to access more than 65 live channels as well as a live TV guide; record live TV with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage.

Bundle with Disney+ and ESPN+ for $12.99 per Month

Hulu customers have the option to bundle Hulu's streaming services with Disney+ and ESPN+ for only $12.99 per month (still cheaper than Netflix and as expensive as Amazon Prime). This streaming bundle gives users access to Disney's complete library, including the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, as well as ESPN's full 30 for 30 series, along with live sports channels.

Premium Channels Available as Add-Ons

For an additional fee, Hulu subscribers can add premium channels like HBO Max, SHOWTIME, CINEMAX, and STARZ for hit movies, series, and documentaries. For Hulu + Live TV subscribers, add-ons come with unlimited screens, enhanced DVR storage, entertainment add-ons, and Español add-ons.

Student Discount for $1.99 per Month

Active college students qualify for Hulu's student discount, which reduces the cost of the ad-supported plan ($5.99 per month) down to $1.99 per month. Students should note, however, that Hulu does not provide a free trial on its student discount option.

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The Bad

  • Ads and Commercials

Ads and Commercials

The only drawback to Hulu's basic plan is the presence of commercials. These usually only play at the beginning of episodes or movies; however, for newly aired episodes, short ads will play periodically throughout the show. If customers wish to enjoy their viewing experience without ads, they can opt for the ad-free version which is comparable to other ad-free streaming services like Netflix in price.

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The Bottom Line

With Hulu, a subscriber can gain access for original content, a live TV streaming service, and thousands of viewing options for as little as $5.99 per month. Users should be prepared to pay more for an ad-free viewing experience, and about about much as they would for any other live streaming service. The ability to bundle with other streaming platform services like Disney+ and ESPN+ offers customers a unique viewing library, and the free trial, cancel anytime policy allows users to try Hulu risk-free.

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jim krapf Hackensack, NJ

Love how they now have sports at a great price value

4 days ago

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Andrea Wheaton, IL

Great streaming service and easy to use. When setting up the account, they ask you what your viewing interests are so you don't have to scroll through what you don't like to get to the good stuff. Very smart!

1 week ago

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R. Florez North Highlands, CA

I have a complicated relationship with Hulu ! I love the LIVE feature, especially during football season. BUT it's priced very high, so during the "off season" we switch back to a regular plan. I don't like how many features are limited in the regular plans. Also, our app tends to "glitch" a lot and we get error messages saying "error, cannot be played at this time". Hulu w/ Live has everything we like but I just can't justify the cost month to month, especially since after paying for internet, the cost is more than cable.

2 weeks ago

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MindyV Lubbock, TX

Hulu Plus is way too expensive and they keep raising their prices. They offer very little on their cheaper plans, so you have to spend a lot of money to be able to watch most stuff. Hulu doesn't care about their customers, they are just greedy!!!!! They need to keep politics out of their business!!!!!!

2 weeks ago

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CoasterRider Show Low, AZ

I had Hulu Plus for several years. I loved that you pay a bit more and get rid of commercials!

1 month ago

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Sicely Lyn Russell Phoenix, AZ

I think Hulu has great movie options but some shows you have to pay for and I think that it's odd because you already have to pay for Hulu itself.

1 month ago

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Caloway Salt Lake City, UT

Hulu is a great streaming service that has many great shows. One of the better services is that they will have shows on there that are currently airing on TV so if you can't watch it on TV, then you can watch it on Hulu the next day. That is how I keep up with my favorite shows. They also have good movie options and TV shows. I haven't seen too many of their Hulu Originals but I have heard many good things about them.

2 months ago

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Steve Ashby Portland, OR

I pay for this service but I'm not sure why...They're stuff is the least favorite of the streaming services I subscribe too.

2 months ago

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Mahilet Getachw Jacksonville, FL

Although there are ads i still am able to watch what i want. there are some restrictions though.

3 months ago

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John Brown Salt Lake City, UT

I have been enjoying the original selections. Hand Maids Tale is amazing and I can’t wait for the new season.

4 months ago

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Bergen Billings Smithfield, UT

Hulu has so much variety in their content I literally could sit on my couch all day watching and never get bored.

5 months ago

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Brooklyn Bishop Smithfield, UT

Hulu is an amazing app when you are looking for something to watch. There are so many movies and tv show options. I would totally recommend.

5 months ago

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Mia Alshami Fayetteville, AR

I love the service that Hulu provides! I especially love the fact that TV shows that are currently airing are uploaded to Hulu almost immediately after they air on television! My family and I all love Hulu for its wide variety of TV shows and movies that are easily accessible to us!

5 months ago

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Cecilia Jones Moselle, MS

The variety of the shows are not that good, but it is cheap for the amount of shows that are on the app.

5 months ago

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Jayla Thomas Jacksonville, FL

Hulu is the best streaming service right now! They offer the best content and the most up-to-date shows.

5 months ago

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Frederline Jean-Philippe Tallahassee, FL

Never had personal account but really good shows! Very convenient and don’t need cable

5 months ago

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Corey Smith Tallahassee, FL

I love my Hulu Plus experience. Being able to enjoy my shows without ads is great. And the added plus about Hulu is that it sometimes has shows that Netflix does not.

5 months ago

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Brandy Tallahassee, FL

Hulu is basically my third favorite app for watching movies and shows. One thing I love about Hulu is that there's the live option so you can watch a show or movie as it is airing, its great! It's definitely worth the money!

5 months ago

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Wendy Park City, UT

I love the ability I have to watch live TV the the app on my phone when I am not around a TV. So convenient!

5 months ago

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Christopher Whiting Los Angeles, CA

I like Hulu but I do find it harder to navigate than some of my other streaming services. We keep it because it has different shows that we like watching.. but if I had to get rid of one it would be the first to go.

6 months ago

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Alex Danielson Riverton, UT

We got Hulu Plus because they had what we needed at an awesome price! Never had any issues with service or reliability! I give Hulu A Plus!

6 months ago

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Shante Reeder Draper, UT

One of my families favorite things! We love how easy it is to use, and how frequently they update the shows! It's great for adults, teens, and kids! Worth every penny!

7 months ago

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Haley Newman Hamersville, OH

I love all of the options on Hulu! I also enjoy that new episodes of shows are uploaded so soon. There is plenty to watch.

7 months ago

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Gloria Muskegon, MI

constantly cuts off during movie or programl

8 months ago

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Harry Covington, GA

Love that I can still have my local news, and most of the channels and shows I normally watch.

8 months ago

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Judy Feldmeier Houston, TX

Like some of the original shows. Wish it had more movies that were different from Amazon Prime or Netflix.

8 months ago

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Ladyjojo

Great service, Hulu with Live TV lets you stream live broadcast and cable TV from within a single app. Different plans to choose from.

8 months ago

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Gustavo

it's got excellent shows and difersified as well as live streaming

9 months ago

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Abram Nicholson

Great selection across multipe spectrums of sports, news and other entertainment

9 months ago

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Andrew Flaugher

Great choice of shows for all ages. Choice of movies, tv shows and more. Family members all love it. Something for everyone. Reasonable price for using this service

9 months ago

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Rose Jepsen

It's easy to use and share and watch and install and pay and pause and enjoy

9 months ago

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Alexander Johnson Burbank, CA

I’m a huge hulu fan. Used to think it was bad but they’ve upped the options and the interface is smooth. Definitely work it and I like that I can get rid of ads

9 months ago

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Rich

Hung up a lot. But plenty of channels . Lots of sports and movies.

9 months ago

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Nance Nicholls

I chose Hulu as having the best selection ofprograms for my viewing including sports and live tv. Price was also very reasonable.

9 months ago

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Rick

The selection is quite good and uninterrupted. Customer service is professional and helpful.

9 months ago

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Sondra Menthers

Fantastic content especially for minority communities. Lots of black shows, Muslim, women and LGBTQ themed shows. Hulu also creates create original content from books such as The Handmaids Tale and Little Fires Everywhere.

9 months ago

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Sheryl Wilson

Can watch TV sitcoms after they have viewed on Television. Free movies

9 months ago

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Ron Kirk

My experience is very good with HULU. They have a lot of good stuff on.

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Steven Fravel

I have had very good service and have enjoyed the service.

9 months ago

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Lori Wentzel

All good! So much to choose from! I love the live tv & I have all I need.

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Beth

Easy Menu, still unable to get all channels wanted. To many Commericals

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Bdt1999

They have a wide variety of shows and movies. It's easy to find something to watch, and it's easy to go back to where you left off.

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Gene Pattee

Good app they would not respond to any nquiroes

9 months ago

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Jerry Cheesman

Fine, so far. Been a subscriber for 6 months. Enjoy streaming the older TV series.

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Darren Cardwell

Hulu offers many shows that I have watched. I've been pleased with the offerings. I've been happy with my Hulu subscription. Only wish they offered more to view at the same time.

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Aubrey

Awesome streaming service. Been with Hulu for 4 months. Came from a crappy cable co.

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Abel

Was really good because they have a lot shows and movies

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Al Avolicino

The cloud recording is almost a joke. Programs are not always recorded, I pay for no commercials and that doesn't always work, just a lot of software problems on their part.

9 months ago

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Jane M Phoenix, AZ

Would give it 5 stars if you could "always" choose your ad, and/or "skip" the ad after viewing once or twice! I get the same ads over and over, can't skip! Stopped working on most browsers, so that is a minus. On the plus side, price is very affordable! Good Content for me! Like the site!

10 months ago

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brian chorny Bound Brook, NJ

very old content , hard to navigate thru the menus

11 months ago

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