Hulu, the subscription TV service, which currently offers a large list of on-demand TV shows from major networks, will be offering live TV as well for less that $40 a month, sometime in 2017.
Hulu will be launching a live version of its services sometime in 2017, for less than $40 per month for live channels from ABC/Disney, CBS and Fox, and some other cable channels. It also plans to provide local broadcast feeds in some cities in the US.
The service will be available over the Internet, lets you cancel and re-register anytime, without the need for any contracts. This poses a huge competition for Cable TV, Sling TV, Playstation Vue and DirectTV Now.
Cable TV has been losing popularity over the last decade, and Hulu’s new offer may make it easier for even more cable users to cut the cord.
The details for the new Hulu service haven’t yet been ironed out, such as the exact pricing, release date, exact channel lineups etc.
Richard Irving, vice president of product at Hulu, told Cnet the current details for the service:
- “Hulu’s TV service will combine its full current on-demand catalog with live TV channels
- Cost: “Less than $40 per month” for a version that allows two simultaneous streams
- Availability: “In the first half of 2017”
- Live channels confirmed so far: Time-Warner (CNN, TBS, etc), ABC (ABC, Disney, ESPN, etc), Fox (Fox, FX, Fox News, etc), CBS
- Live channels that may be be added by launch: NBC/Universal (NBC, Bravo, Discovery, etc), AMC, Scripps Networks (HGTV, Food Network, Travl Channel, etc), Regional Sports Networks, others
- Specific cities that receive local broadcast channels (ABC, Fox, CBS) have not been announced
- Option to get Hulu’s on-demand offerings ad-free (pricing TBD), but live TV will have ads
- There will be a cloud DVR, but Hulu hasn’t announced any storage limit
- Shows on the DVR won’t expire, like they do on Vue after 28 days
- Up to 6 user profiles for individual family members
First wave of devices: Apple TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Xbox One (no word on when it will add Rokus or other devices)”