Hulu vs. Hulu plus.. and which one to use on Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by IlliniDude, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2007
    Now that Hulu Plus is available on Apple TV, can someone explain the difference between Hulu (free) and Hulu Plus? Specifically, what is the difference in content? I'm mostly interested in being able to watch current TV seasons.

    Also, is it still not possible to watch the free Hulu service on Apple TV? Seems like the new channel is just for Hulu Plus. If I understand corrently, the only way to watch free Hulu is through AirPlay on a mac using AirPlay. Any reason we shouldn't expect it to become easier eventually (i.e. no need for a second device)?

  2. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    Hulu usually has only the last 5 episodes of current run seasons. Hulu Plus gives access to the full season and back seasons as well. One of Plus's features is access via TV apps like on the Apple TV.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
    Hulu free only allows you to watch stuff on the computer. It also only gives you a few episodes from shows. If you want to be able to watch Hulu on mobile devices and tv's you need a Plus account.
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2007
    OK, now I get the difference. Thanks to both of you!
  5. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2010
    I like to think of Hulu free as what you would get if you were on a channel's website, such as,,, etc... only one or two of the most current episodes.

    Plus adds the entire back catalogs for several shows. My wife is a Glee'k and the only way to see every episode (and some bonus features) is to use Hulu+. Netflix only has season 1 and 2. only has the last episode of season 3.
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2011
    Should note that Hulu is partnership between NBC, ABC, and Fox. What it doesn't have is CBS... and while CBS has appeared on Hulu before, you will probably never see any of the main CBS shows on Hulu.

    I personally use Hulu Plus as a replacement for cable TV. I miss out on some cable channels such as Discovery, as well as some notable events like the Olympics and the World Cup.

    But most of the main events and shows are on the broadcast channels for free or on Hulu Plus. Add in the fact that not having cable saves me ~$680 a year, and I'm a happy camper.
  7. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    But it should also be added that much of the content found on cannot be watched at all on mobile devices or the Apple TV through Hulu+ due to restrictions put in place by the networks. So you will have more episodes available for the shows that can be watched on Hulu+ but many shows viewable on cannot be seen on Hulu+. You'll actually be able to see more shows using AirPlay from your Mac (2011 or newer with Mountain Lion) and you don't need a monthly subscription.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2009
    Northern VA (outside DC)
    So Hulu+ has different things available on the Apple TV than it does on the computer?

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