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LAST UPDATED: March 1st, 2024

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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MC Swift Okeechobee, FL

Hulu isn't my favorite, there layout they chose to overall navigate through their content isn't the most user friendly but overall, you do get a good selection to choose from and they do offer the ability to watch live streaming content although it isn't very cost effective in comparison to else is out there in the way of options.

2 days ago

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David Los Angeles, CA

I love Hulu plus they keep me up to date with my favorite shows, College makes my life busy, and I am not always able to do what I want to do (watch my favorite shows) but Hulu plus allows me to watch my favorite shows when I get time. I also have the awesome commercial free option for $12 ( which now has tax as well, sadly). But it is definitely a investment for me each month. Television keeps me going, and thinking. Hulu plus has a pretty extensive variety!

1 month ago

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Amani Patel Harrisonburg, VA

Very much worth the cost! The selection of movies and shows is so comprehensive and I love the ability to watch without ads. I feel like I'm getting what I pay for with all the options available!

3 weeks ago

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Hope Miami, FL

Hulu plus it's build for streaming the whole wold. I benefited from enjoying football macth, comedy, videos from tv. So it has made me and my family to hear and be connected on a certain company in US.

1 month ago

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Jnr Temz Los Angeles, CA

Hulu Plus is the best movies, shows, and sports. I make use of plans that don't show ads and it's very good I recommend it to everyone. Why not give it a try and smile.

1 month ago

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Peter Fidelis Los Angeles, CA

My worries are always gone when ever I remember that I got my Hulu plus bundle intact + having that wide variety of content and features that enhance my streaming...all I need is just a chill bottle of drink and some snacks to keep me going while I stream..

3 months ago

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Sinister Babe Kyle, TX

They have everything from Hulu originals, newer movies, older movies and tv shows! I spend so much time on Hulu it’s truly amazing streaming app

1 month ago

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peggy cherry Fayetteville, NC

I had Plus for a couple of months until I realized I would rather pay a lower price and watch commercials. Sure it would be great without and I can watch live tv, but I can deal with it.

2 months ago

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Rinji Tanimu New York, NY

With this application I enjoy streaming movies live and online.itoffers a variety of channels for spots,entertainment,documentaries to keep you entertained This service is top notch

3 months ago

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Kelsey Conner Wilmington, NC

Hulu Plus is a staple in our household! Everything from Hulu originals like The Kindred to family classics like Full House are available on the platform, which we love. It's affordable compared to most streaming services, and we love it!

4 months ago

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Sierra Jo Smith Pomeroy, WA

Hulu impresses with its top-notch shows and the flexibility of its plans. From critically acclaimed originals to popular series, their content library shines. With customizable subscriptions, you can find an affordable option that suits your needs. The user-friendly interface enhances the overall viewing experience. Hulu remains a top choice for quality entertainment.

7 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.

3 years ago

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Edith Fields Memphis, TN

I like to watch the different TV show series that I have missed great to catch up on movies also

3 weeks ago

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Reem Haddad Houston, TX

My 3 favorites shows: The Kardashians, The Bachelorette and Love Island UK are all on Hulu, so this is my favorite streaming I like to watch! It is affordable and I like there’s an option for a membership without ads!

5 months ago

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Neb Portland, OR

Works really well but the shows are either old or just too few.

1 week ago

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Jerry Bentonville, AR

Just starting Hulu plus about 5 months ago, and love it. Used to have satellite service and whenever the weather was bad I would loose service. Now with Hulu the only time you loose service is when electricity goes out. And that is very rare. So Hil is worth the price I pay

6 months ago

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C B La Puente, CA

Where do I even begin, Hulu does not disappoint! Their shows are extremely entertaining, especially if you love to watch the Kardashians, you got it all here! I’m currently watching The Purge show, ooof I recommend, it is intense!

6 months ago

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Teresa Bills

I enjoy a lot of the shows and there are some great movies. I would recommend Hulu to anyone that doesn't already have the service. Why would you not. It's priced right and streaming through Hulu you get so much more then some other services. Also they have ad free service which is so wonderful. I really get tired of ads sometimes. If you don't have Hulu, go get it!

6 months ago

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Amanda George IL

Definitely 4 stars. Would give 5 if they didn't have such expensive subscriptions. They have live TV and premium on top of the basic features. Basic is nice if you wanna watch series airing on TV because they put them in there at 3am the next morning, but the premium features cost way more and are not worth it. They raise their prices again and I will cancel

7 months ago

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Nini

I love streaming movies and tv shows with friends and family. Hulu has some of the best variety of TV shows available. They seem to be updating fairly recently plus you can watch a good amount shows currently on air and including prior seasons. Their movie selection is also pretty good - though that doesn't seem to be the focus.

8 months ago Edited July 17, 2023

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Kevin Ortiz

I’ve had Hulu plus for over nine years. It was the only way I was able to truly cut cable company court. In recent years is has been a struggle since most of the catalogs from major networks have moved to their own platforms, such as Peacock, Fox, and many others. I do like that they have many of the classics in terms of fun, sitcoms, and reality TV shows. They have lost many of the shows that aired on the next day from the original air date, which was one of the features that I truly enjoyed. I am also very excited for their Black Friday promotions year after year

9 months ago

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Erinjean87 San Diego, CA

Great value with a ton of streaming options. I like that you can add on services . The kids love Disney plus as well.

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Kaylee Gay Chicago, IL

Hulu Plus goes the extra mile for its viewers because it allows you to keep up to date on the latest episodes for your favorite TV shows. I love that I can watch all of my favorite TV shows with no wait time. on their new episodes. I also love that when I was first trying it out, Hulu Plus gave me a 30-day trial to see if I wanted to make a switch. I love that they gave me so much time to decide and I love that they have such a variety of selections. I also love that you can watch Live TV as well. Hulu Plus is definitely with the cost because they give you so many options, no wait time on your latest episodes, and Live TV. I love that it is like cable and streaming service at the same time.

2 years ago

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Analisa Vigil Lubbock, TX

Hulu has a lot of very good series. I have binge watched a couple of shows already! Highly recommend

2 months ago

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Jowara Morgande

They offer a great price for there service. The customer service is great, everything was professional and easy with a convenient billing cycle catered to my needs.

4 months ago

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TC B Florissant, CO

The package with ESPN and Disney Plus is very affordable! Hulu has great shows, a great variety, and lots of movies. The ad-free choice is not expensive, and worth every penny!

6 months ago

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Allison Talbot Riverton, UT

Hulu is my go-to streaming service. It has the most variety for adults. Not great children's section, but there are great Hulu originals and it's cheap. Paying for the no ads is worth it.

8 months ago

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Allan Freedman Monrovia, MD

Hulu has an amazing library of contents. Particularly their original movies. My issue is with the way the content is presented. It is challenging to find the movies I like. However, thanks to my friends and family, I get a regular list of good movies to watch. So I am able to unlock the code and get to great movies.

8 months ago

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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.

3 years ago

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Lisa Imes DeMotte, IN

Alot of movies, so much to choose from. Customers service is really nice.

1 month ago

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Kimberly Smith Chicago, IL

I Am A Fan Of Hulu , Hulu Plus ...Anything Hulu!! Wide Variety of Things To Choose From.....I Never had any buffering or connection issues. The Price is fair and somewhat lower when compared to other streaming services. I was invited to try Hulu for 99 cents and was extremely satisfied with the invitation price and glad I decided to try the service. It is Now my "go to" streaming service. If you havent tried Hulu I recommend that you should..I was pleasantly surprised and Am Now a loyal subscriber!! 2 Thumbs Up!

1 year ago

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b. ellena Kansas City, MO

I used to love Hulu for the price alone. However, that was back in the day when there wasn't much programming on the platform... so you kind of got what you payed for. Then they started adding some great shows and kept the price relatively low, but as all good things do... this too had to come to an end. The pricing is no doubt fair for what you are getting content wise. Now that Hulu is running with the big dogs for market share it will be interesting who decides to keep what platform! I have faith in you Hulu! Keep bringing us the new hits and we'll stay loyal!!

1 year ago Edited September 8, 2022

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Dan Ford Redwood City, CA

I'm a big fan of Hulu Plus. I signed up for Hulu Plus + Live 12 months ago when I cut the cord with my cable company. I pay 1/2 as much for TV content and don't need to wade through dozens of foreign language channels I'll never use. Interface takes a little getting used to as it takes a few seconds for content to buffer to appear. Also enjoy their produced content (e.g. Dopesick) and being able to access the service from anywhere I go.

1 year ago

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Brittney Mac Gregor Louisville, KY

I've come back to Hulu after years of using a different streaming company. I have to say I am impressed with the content available. At first I was using the cheapest version to test the waters, but now that I see I am going to be keeping Hulu around, I splurged and upgraded to commercial free. I highly recommend Hulu. I will never go back to standard cable TV again.

2 years ago

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KimDugan Kailua, HI

Hulu Plus is probably just a half-pace behind Amazon Prime and here is why: - No rental options - It's a rather bewildering freemium model with a little less "free" all the time. This comes with the territory, but is worthy of mention nonetheless. Hulu Plus is developing its own set of originals and adding collections of off-network television shows that keeps me coming back. I have Hulu Plus but not the premium-premium account, so I still have to watch commercials and I don't have access to all of the content. As a member of whatever this tier of membership is called, I keep coming back because they have "30 Rock", "Modern Family" and, most importantly, "Malcolm in the Middle." If it weren't for these off-network shows and their original, "PEN15", it might have been a goner for me. I use Hulu Plus to fill the gap of the shows that have been pulled from Netflix and ultimately, I am doing the same "stream chasing" that everyone else is doing. It is of some benefit that Hulu is bundled with Disney+ or I might never have jumped over to that one. Lastly, the interface is a little frustrating. It is much more cumbersome to navigate than Netflix and details are harder to see than on Amazon Prime. Use this service if you want to keep your viewing options of older off-network shows that aren't available on other platforms.

2 years 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 years 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.

3 years ago

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Aaron Anderson

Diverse content selection, seamless streaming, exceptional service. Recommended for ultimate entertainment experience!

3 months ago Edited November 20, 2023

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Ellinor Gray Orem, UT

Great service, Great Selection and 100% worth paying for no commericals. Allows for multiple profiles so you don't lose your place in shows due to other household members watching. Their selection is a higher caliber then Netflix with both depth and comprehension. Only complaint I have is I wish they offered a choice of 4 viewing screens rather then just two or unlimited (each has its own price point). Also had some issues where their online services flagged IP adress as having a proxy when it did not and made the service un-usable without clearing it with their help desk. Otherwise I have loved this service and would pick it over any other streaming service out there.

5 years ago

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Cody Callaway Dallas, TX

Overall satisfied with Hulu. Good customer service and like the shows and categorys they give you so far after using for a few months.

4 months ago Edited October 19, 2023

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Moureen Meggers

Not enough good shows to watch, same old stuff. Movies offered are not that great. Nothing really new on here very often. I do not pay for a annual plan, only go month to month and then stop for a few months.

4 months ago

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Clemmie & Mandy Johnson San Jose, CA

I like that Hulu offers the major tv networks. It’s a bummer that some of the shows expire. Some of the seasons aren’t available and that sucks.

5 months ago

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Ashley Young

Never going back to Netflix. I really love my Hulu account. I feel like they make a point to put better stuff on their platform. It's definitely my go to.

7 months ago

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Brian P

Hulu is ok, still lacks the good shows and many of their originals seem to get canceled probably due to lack of support for the service. Jury is still out on this streaming service.

7 months ago

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Mindy Clarke Tacoma, WA

I love Hulu Plus because they have older shows that I have to pay for on other streaming devices. I also love the fact that I have no commercials to interrupt.

8 months ago

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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.

3 years ago

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Jeremy Summa Inverness, FL

Hulu is pretty great we used it for a couple of years it’s like if cable tv and TiVo had a child it would be Hulu. There cost has gone up considerably it’s still good but not really good value.

9 months ago

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Emma Morrill

Hulu is awesome and has routinely been pulling shows from Netflix that I like. While I understand there must be ads it would be nice to not have them randomly in the middle of movies. I’d rather watch five minutes of ads in the beginning and have an uninterrupted movie.

9 months ago

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Ricardo Ortiz Fredericksburg, VA

Hulu is great, I get so many movies and series I don't get enough of. This is just one of the best streaming platforms out there. I highly recommend everyone get this streaming service, you will not regret it.

11 months ago

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CHARLES DIAL Mount Gilead, OH

Love Hulu+, I need to renew my subscription when I get out of the hospital. But there's always something to watch and enjoy. They are easy to comunicate with and answer any questions or concerns. Great streaming service. 2 👍👍

1 year ago