It’s been rumored for months that Hulu has been working on a live streaming TV service. Turns out the rumors were true. Hulu has launched a public beta of its live TV service which will feature 50 live TV channels and cost about $40/month. As a bonus, it also includes a subscription to Hulu’s premium OnDemand service (an $8 value), up to 50 hours of cloud DVR use, and up to 6 individual profiles.

 

With the basic package, users can stream simultaneously on two devices at once. Pony-up $15/month more and users can upgrade the cloud DVR to 200 hours or get unlimited in-home video streams. For $20/month more customers can have both of these features.

 

When it launches, the service will be available on Apple TV, Xbox One, iOS, Android, and Chromecast. Hulu says they expect to announce support for Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Samsung TVs shortly. Of course, you can also access the service through a web browser if you don’t have access to one of the above streaming platforms.

 

Although it’s entering a market that’s becoming increasingly crowded, this is a good move on Hulu’s part. Playstation Vue and Sling TV currently offer similar streaming services and YouTube TV is also starting to make waves in the marketplace. However, Hulu has one thing in its favor. It has a huge subscriber base. Hulu currently has over 12 million subscribers. If it can convert some of these users over to its new streaming service it should be able to capture a huge chunk of this expanding market. Anyone interested in testing the service out can check out Hulu’s website.

 


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