If you are looking for an on-demand streaming service that can compete with Netflix and Crackle in terms of original content, and also give you up to 50 local channels of live TV that include ESPN and TNT, then Hulu TV might just be what you need.
Hulu is an entertainment company and online streaming service that focuses primarily on providing its customers with access to more recent television shows and its own original content. The company is as a result of a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Comcast, and Time Warner. These respective television networks and other content partners, provide users of the service with instant access to popular shows just after they air on those respective networks, in a day, or at most a week.
Hulu, which was founded in October 2007, has since evolved and further launched its own live programming service called Hulu Live TV in May 2017. Through this service, the company offers its users access to over 50 channels of live programming from broadcast and cable brands without the need for a cable or satellite subscription.
The question now is whether Hulu TV is actually worth the hassle in this golden age of streaming when there are a number of other on-demand and live programming services that provide similar content, if not better, and possibly at a cheaper rate?
Is Hulu TV worth it?
In the general sense, a live streaming service can be enjoyed at home or on the go via any streaming device. It eliminates the hassle that comes along with equipment rentals or installation appointments that come with the traditional cable services.
As compared to other live TV services such as Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and Playstation Vue, Hulu TV has an edge because it provides its own growing lineup of original content which is only available to its subscribers. Some of such shows available are the award-winning drama series The Handmaid’s Tale, Marvel’s Runaways, and America with Sarah Silverman. However, one can argue that two of the most popular television shows; AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones, are not available on Hulu which means most people will still have to go elsewhere or pay more if they want to watch those shows.
Also, in terms of cost, subscribers will have to pay more to use Hulu TV because some of the other options are cheaper. There is also the little issue of internet connection. Hulu can be streamed at a variety of different quality levels as it automatically adjusts to suit your internet speed. It is recommended that users have an internet with a minimum download speed of 6 Mbps for Hulu and 8 Mbps for Hulu with Live TV in order to enjoy an uninterrupted and smooth playback.
Hulu’s internet speed requirements are:
Standard Definition: 1.5Mbps
720p HD: 3Mbps
1080p HD: 6Mbps
Hulu with Live TV: 8Mbps
4K Ultra HD: 13Mbps
How to Activate (Sign Up)
Signing up to use Hulu can be done very fast from the comfort of your living room or workplace, on your smartphone or computer. All you need to do is visit the Hulu website: hulu.com/welcome and follow the on-screen prompts to get started.
Unlike other traditional cable services, Hulu does not require any contractual agreement between the company and its subscribers. Intending users have the option of going through a seven day free trial period after which they can go ahead to cancel their subscription with no extra charges even though they would have been required to give their credit card information.
Hulu Account Login (How To Sign In)
Hulu on-demand can be accessed from anywhere and on nearly any device with a good internet connection. The Hulu with Live TV option, however, has a lesser but still wide range of devices that support it. After having completed the signing up phase, users will be required to sign in or log in to their accounts to start viewing. Follow the steps below to do so
1. Launch the Hulu app on your preferred device (smartphone, gaming console, smart TV, etc).
2. Select the “Log In” button to reveal the option for filling out your login details
3. Enter the associated email address and password for your Hulu subscription and then select “Log In”
Hulu offers its users a variety of subscription plans which start from as low as $7.99 for Hulu on-demand and $39.99 for Hulu with Live TV. New subscribers to Hulu will get the first month free before having to pay monthly subscriptions for their preferred plan.
If you want to avoid commercials, you will have to pay an extra $4 dollars which sets the monthly fee to $11.99 per month, and $43.99 per month respectively unless the specific show in question is contractually obligated to air ads. The subscription comes with 50 hours of online cloud storage but Hulu users further have the option of getting 200 hours of DVR space for an extra $15 per month. You can also increase the number of simultaneous streams from two to unlimited for $14.99 per month. Other available add-ons are HBO for $4.99 for the first 6 months and then $14.99 per month thereafter, Cinemax for $9.99 per month, and Showtime for $8.99 per month. For increased simultaneous streams
So depending on what exactly it is you are looking to get out of Hulu, you could end up paying anywhere between $8 to $108 for optimum satisfaction.
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For any reason whatsoever that may include cancelling or changing accounts, billing issues, technical and service support, account help, and disputes, Hulu has made available a number mediums in which its customer care can be contacted at any time for the convenience of its esteemed customers. Users have the option of calling the customer care phone number 310-571-4700, online via http://www.hulu.com/support/support_form, or sending a message via Twitter to @hulu_support.
For any other additional inquiries or requests, go to https://help.hulu.com/en-us/how-to-contact-Hulu to find the appropriate medium to get in touch with Hulu.