'Hulu With Live TV' Appears on App Store, Includes FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, and More [Update: $39.99+]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Hulu's anticipated live television service, which was rumored in the past few weeks to launch in early May, has appeared on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] in beta form. Users interested in signing up for the service can adjust their membership and subscribe to live TV from the account and add-on section of Hulu.com.

    Officially named "Hulu with Live TV," the company said that this version of the app comes with cloud DVR and the ability to stream more than 50 live and on-demand television channels, including sports-related content.


    User interface changes include a new onboarding experience, a new home screen, and "My Stuff," so subscribers can manage their shows, movies, networks, and more. A multitasking feature called "Fliptray" will let users watch a show and browse Hulu with Live TV simultaneously.
    At launch, Hulu with Live TV has the following channels that subscribers will be able to watch live: FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, FX, NBCSN, FS1, History Channel, and TNT. Certain limitations exist for channels in specific areas, meaning some users will only be able to access on-demand content for major networks like ABC and CBS instead of live streams. Potential subscribers can check out the channels accessible in their area through Hulu's live TV launch page.

    Additionally, sports coverage for pro, college, and regional teams will be on the service, along with national news and local feeds in some cities, kids shows, big events, and on-demand shows and movies from most of the supported channels.

    Those interested can download Hulu with Live TV now from the iOS App Store in the United States [Direct Link], as well as on Apple TV. It's clear that the app was added onto the App Store ahead of an official announcement, so we'll update this post once more information becomes available.

    Update: Pricing for Hulu with Live TV can be found on Hulu.com in the add-on section of the account page. There, it's confirmed that the basic service will cost $39.99/month, while the plan which removes commercials from on-demand content will cost an additional $4/month. Both of these options come with all of the previously mentioned channels, the ability to stream on 2 screens at a time, and 50 hours of cloud DVR storage.


    Feature add-ons area also available, allowing users to upgrade their cloud DVR to 200 hours of storage with the ability to fast-forward through commercials (presumably absent from the basic DVR) for an additional $14.99/month. Subscribers will also be able to add unlimited simultaneous viewing on as many screens as they want for $14.99/month. If both are purchased, $10 can be saved.

    In terms of free trials, users will be able to try out Hulu with Live TV for one week before having to pay, and each of the feature add-ons can be tested for one month before users are charged.

    Article Link: 'Hulu With Live TV' Appears on App Store, Includes FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, and More [Update: $39.99+]
  2. MacBergin macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2015
  3. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    Hopefully they have a surprise in store for pricing...$60 for what Youtube TV is offering for $35 doesn't seem like a very competitive offering.
  4. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2014
    "Cloud DVR" lol. So basically the'll reserve a server to bookmark your progress and charge an extra $20 for it.
  5. sammcj macrumors member


    May 10, 2009
  6. sarahgad Suspended


    Jan 20, 2017
  7. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Ironic that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is used in the promo pic as it's about to be canceled.

    edit: remember people that Hulu is the legacy TV industry's trojan horse to keep you from moving to disruptive technology, don't fall for it.
  8. mceolsen macrumors member


    Oct 16, 2011
    At these price points, just stick with cable and login using the single-sign on?
  9. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I don't understand why I'd want this. $40 a month for live TV when I can get the programming for those channels almost everywhere--and sometimes for free? You can get the network live programming just by putting up an antennae.
  10. FasterQuieter macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2008
    It wouldn't surprise me at all if there is actually some arcane regulation that forces them to make thousands of copies on request. As dumb as that sounds. Like Aereo's thousands of literal antennas in server farms.
  11. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    I wish I was sadder about that, but this season has been super uninteresting to me :(
  12. litmag01 macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2009
    This is too much of a hassle for a service that will provide free analytics to broadcast companies, while charging me for the trouble. I have better things to do with my time and money.
  13. Jett0516 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2010
  14. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    Can you skip commercials? That's usually the dealbreaker
  15. B.K., May 3, 2017
    Last edited: May 3, 2017

    B.K. macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2014
    Does this include commercials? Or is this a commercial free with commercials type Hulu agreement.
  16. Dan-- macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2008
  17. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I would normally not be interested in this type of service, but once it comes to the ATV, I might give it a try for a month just to test it out. I have family members that are always complaining about cable prices, but don't want to cut to cord do to missing out on live TV.

    Maybe this might be a good compromise for them.

    Not all people can get good reception with an antenna, plus, you have to have an antenna.

    Pretty ironic, considering a few years ago it seemed it would be Apple that was destined to have a TV service like this first. Everyone else is doing it, and Apple's TV service is hardly rumored about anymore.
  18. oneMadRssn, May 3, 2017
    Last edited: May 3, 2017

    oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    Is there a good term for these types of services yet (Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue)? They're not quite on-demand streaming (Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo) but they're not quite traditional cable either (Comcast, Verizon, etc.) I like calling them Cable over IP, or CoIP for short.

    Who is Cable over IP for? It looks to be no cheaper than traditional cable [EDIT: Many have pointed out it is cheaper than cable in some situations], but certainly buggier and more complex. It's still chock full of ads. And it has none of the benefits of on-demand streaming. I cannot think of a single reason to buy into this entire category.

    I'll stick with my Netflix, Hulu Commercial Free, HBOGo mix of products.
  19. dugbug macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    So its still a little confusing, Ill have to check this out once more details are out but it sounds like hulu commercial-free plus live tv for $44. Thats not bad as its currently $12/mo as is. Directv now has a few quirky limitations Id like to see are not present in hulu. Can I pause/rewind/fastforward live tv like a tivo for example.

    Id like to see a mini review from MR if you folks can do it.
  20. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Youtube tv is the better deal, $35 and free unlimited DVR. Hopefully Youtube tv adds xbox support soon.
  21. jw154j, May 3, 2017
    Last edited: May 3, 2017

    jw154j macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2013
    Topeka, KS
    You CAN sign up at Hulu.com for live TV $39.99 or $43.99 (no commercials) both come with 1 week trial, 50 hrs DVR, & 2 simultaneous screens. Can upgrade to 200 hrs DVR with fast-forward through commercials: $14.99; unlimited Screens: $14.99; both upgrades for $19.98. All channels are live except where noted, for zipCode: 66614 (Kansas)
    A&E, ABC (on Demand), Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS on Demand, Chiller, CNBC, CNN, CNNi, Disney, Disney Jr, Disney XD, Sprout, E!, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNews, ESPNU, Food, Fox on Demand, FOX Business, FOX News, FS1, FS2, FS Kansas City, FSKC Plus, FreeForm, FX, FXX, FXMovie, fyi, Golf, HGTV, HLN, lifetime, lifetime movies, MSNBC, NatGeo, NatGeo Wild, NBC, NBC Sports, oxygen, POP, SEC Network, Syfy, tbs, History, TCM, TNT, travel, truTV, USA, Viceland.
    Showtime additional $8.99
    Devices: Android, iOS, Xbox One, Apple TV 4th gen, and Chromecast.

    (Lowest package)--Live TV (limited Commercials)= $39.99
    (Highest package)--Live TV (No Commercials); Showtime; 200 Hrs DVR; Unlimited Screens= $72.96
  22. x0vash0x macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2014
    There are millions of people who live overseas who with a VPN or SmatDNS can access Hulu or Sling or otherwise get access to American TV. This is great for expats.
  23. Flojomojo macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2006
    The best thing about a real DVR is being able to skip ads. Does this do that?
  24. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Hopefully this will put some pressure on DirecTV NOW to come out with a DVR service.
  25. thogin macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2011

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