Hulu Live TV costs $54.99 per month, but that doesn’t mean that price is the only option. Hulu offers more than one live TV streaming plan and knowing the difference between the varying packages can help to ensure you are paying the right price, for the right plan. Here’s a definitive explanation on the different Hulu live plans that are available and how much they cost.
Hulu live provides access to more than 65 live TV channels. In addition, each standard Hulu live subscription also comes bundled with basic Hulu. This on-demand subscription service typically costs $5.99 per month, but it is included in the same $54.99 per month live TV streaming package, making the overall bundle a good deal for those looking for access to live TV and a back catalog of on-demand titles, including Hulu Originals.
At $54.99 per month, Hulu Live is a good deal and especially when compared to the other live TV streaming services and what they offer for their monthly cost. However, the $54.99 per month plan is only one of the tiers that Hulu live subscribers can choose from. Below is an overview of all four of the main Hulu Live TV plans currently available.
All four Hulu live TV plans compared:
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Hulu + Live TV: $54.99 per month
Hulu + Live TV is the main live TV subscription. This is the one advertised on the Hulu website, and the one that most people will naturally sign up for. As a result, this can be considered the standard Hulu live TV experience. In return for the $54.99 per month, subscribers get access to all of the live TV channels available through the main subscription, as well as access to the on-demand movies and shows available through basic Hulu.
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The other main benefits included with the standard plan are 50 hours of cloud DVR and two simultaneous streams at no additional cost. Hulu + Live TV subscribers also have the option to expand the cloud DVR limit and increase the number of simultaneous streams (or the channel lineup), through the additional purchase of paid add-ons.
The standard Hulu + Live TV plan for $54.99 per month comes with a seven-day free trial.
Hulu Live TV Only: $53.99 per month
Hulu does actually offer a live TV plan that’s exactly $1 per month cheaper than the standard advertised $54.99 per month package. In reality, there is no difference between the $53.99 and $54.99 per month plans, in terms of the live TV access. As a result, opting for the $1 per month cheaper plan will result in the exact same live TV channel list, the same cloud DVR experience, and the same number of streams.
Where the plan does differ is in terms of the basic Hulu subscription as this is not included with the $53.99 per month plan. Undoubtedly, the better deal here is to go with the $54.99 per month package as this provides access to significantly more movies and shows when bundled with basic Hulu.
However, and while it might not sound like much of a saving, $1 per month is still $1 per month, and for those that don’t actually want or need access to basic Hulu, there’s no point paying the additional $1 each month.
Another notable difference with the $53.99 per month is that Hulu does not offer a free trial. Therefore, anyone opting for this plan will be expected to pay the first $53.99 per month in advance, and at the time of signing up to the service.
Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV: $60.99 per month
Although there’s no escaping ads with live TV, the basic Hulu subscription included with the $54.99 per month does have ads, and they can be skipped. However, the luxury results in an additional cost with the Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV plan costing $60.99 per month.
To explain, a basic Hulu subscription is available in two tiers: with or without ads. The inclusion of ads allows Hulu to offer the subscription at a cheaper price than usual, bringing the monthly cost down to $5.99 per month. Those who prefer the ad-free experience can choose to pay the $11.99 per month instead.
As the ad-supported version of the basic Hulu subscription is included with the $54.99 per month plan at no additional cost, subscribers can upgrade the included basic Hulu to the ad-free version. With the ads/no ads versions of basic Hulu varying in price by $6, Hulu allows live TV subscribers to go ad-free and only pay the additional $6, on top of their standard subscription. This brings the overall cost of Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV to $60.99 per month.
Hulu + Live TV Disney Bundle: $61.99 per month
For those looking for the ultimate Hulu live bundle, the company also offers a plan priced at $61.99 per month. This is the Disney bundle and not only includes access to the basic Hulu subscription and live TV channels, but also ESPN+ and Disney+ for just $1 more than the Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV option. The difference is the basic Hulu subscription in this plan will include ads, and that’s why the price difference initially appears so small, compared to the previous plan.
However, for agreeing to the ads, consumers can bulk out their live TV subscription with access to Disney+ and ESPN+ content, which makes this a much better deal overall.
For reference, Disney+ costs $6.99 per month while ESPN+ costs $5.99 per month. When you then factor in that basic Hulu (with ads) costs another $5.99 per month, the total for access to these three streaming services alone comes to $18.97.
When you then add the $18.97 price to the $53.99 per month cost of the Hulu Live TV only plan, the total comes to $72.96 per month. At $61.99 per month, the Hulu + Live TV with Disney bundle offers considerable savings, for those who want the richest possible subscription, and at the cheapest price.
How much is Hulu live: summary
Hulu + Live TV costs $54.99 per month and is the standard subscription, bundled with basic Hulu. However, Hulu offers consumers a Hulu Live TV only plan that drops basic Hulu and lowers the price to $53.99 per month. Alternatively, Hulu also offers an ad-free experience that removes the ads from basic Hulu for $60.99 per month. While those looking for the best value plan overall, with access to the most content possible, can opt for the Hulu + Live TV with Disney bundle for $61.99 per month, and gain access to Disney+ and ESPN+ as well.