Hulu Live TV is available to stream on a number of supported devices, including smart TVs, streaming players, smartphones and more. However, due to the nature of Hulu offering both live and on demand content, some device users may find they can download the Hulu app, but still cannot access live TV. This is particularly the case for older models.
Hulu Live TV is one of the more popular live TV streaming services currently operating in the US. A standard subscription costs$64.99 per month making it a more expensive option than other services, but still competitive with the likes of fuboTV and YouTube TV. Where the service manages to add additional value is through the inclusion of the basic Hulu subscription. This alone opens up the subscriber to significantly more content at no additional cost.
Hulu not only offers what is essentially two different services through the one app, but it also has two different apps. Technically, they are both the same app, with the difference being one is newer than the other. These are what Hulu refers to as its ‘Latest’ and ‘Classic’ apps. Devices tend to be compatible with one of the apps and that compatibility tends to directly affect support for accessing live TV channels and content through Hulu.
Hulu Live TV supported devices
Hulu Live TV offers a good level of device support overall and as long as a device is compatible with the Latest app, it should also have access to the live TV channels. There are some exceptions here. For example, Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Comcast’s Xfinity X1 are both compatible with the Latest app, but neither can access live TV content through the app.
Hulu supported platforms and devices:
- Amazon Echo Show
- Amazon Fire Tablets
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android phones and tablets
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- iPhone and iPad
- LG TVs
- Nintendo Switch
- Mac and PC browsers
- Microsoft Xbox
- Samsung TVs
- Sony PlayStation
- Vizio SmartCast TVs
- Xfinity Flex
Devices running on the platforms listed above are all capable of downloading the Latest Hulu app and streaming Hulu’s live TV channels. However, that does not necessarily mean that every device running on one of these platforms will have access to live TV. In cases where a platform is supported but a device is not, the user will likely still be able to download the Hulu app, albeit with only access to the basic Hulu subscription library and not live TV.
Watching Hulu Live TV on smart TVs
Hulu Live TV is available to stream on a number of smart TVs. With many of the most popular brands and TV operating systems supported, plenty of individuals and households should find they can download the Latest Hulu app and watch live TV.
- Fire TV Edition smart TVs
- Hisense Android TV
- LG TVs (webOS 3.5 or higher)
- Roku TVs
- Samsung TV (2016 or later)
- Sony Bravia Android TV (2015 or later)
- Vizio SmartCast TVs (all models)
With Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku, as well as newer Samsung, Sony and Vizio smart TVs all supported, Hulu Live TV can be downloaded directly on a wide selection of TVs through the respective app store on the device. If the user downloads the Hulu app but doesn’t have access to live TV with an active subscription, the problem is likely to be the TV lacks support for live TV, instead of it being an issue with the app.
Watching on players and set-top boxes
Similar to the situation with smart TVs, Hulu Live TV is also compatible with a wide selection of streaming players, and mostly thanks to the Android TV, Fire TV and Roku support.
Streaming players compatible with Hulu Live TV:
- Apple TV (4th generation)
- Apple TV 4K
- Chromecast with Google TV
- Fire TV Stick
- Nvidia Shield
- Roku (select models)
- Xfinity Flex
- Xiaomi Mi Box (never models)
Roku has been around for quite some time and is no stranger to streaming. Over the years, Roku has released a variety of different players and devices. While many of them come with support for the Latest app, others don’t, including Roku LT, Roku 1 (model 2710X) and Roku 2 (model 2720X)
Roku players compatible with Hulu Live TV:
- Roku 2 (model 4210X)
- Roku 3
- Roku 4
- Roku Express and Express+
- Roku Premiere and Premiere+
- Roku Streaming Stick (model 3500X or later)
- Roku Ultra
Watching on other devices
If an individual or household finds they are unable to watch live TV through Hulu on their preferred smart TV or streaming players, there are a number of additional devices they can use.
- Android phones and tablets (Android 5.0 and above)
- Chrome OS devices
- Echo Show
- Fire Tablets (Fire OS 5 or higher)
- iPhone (5S or later)
- iPod Touch (6th generation)
- Nintendo Switch
- Mac via browser (macOS X 10.13 or above)
- Microsoft Windows 10
- PlayStation 4 and 5
- Microsoft Xbox
Similar to the situation with Roku, Apple offers a variety of different iPad versions and models and not all of them are supported. If it’s a newer iPad then there should be no issues, but owners of an older model may encounter issues when trying to watch live TV through the Latest Hulu app.
iPad models compatible with Hulu Live TV:
- iPad (5th gen or later)
- iPad Air
- iPad Pro
- iPad mini (2, 3 and 4)
In addition, Hulu’s live TV channels can also be streamed on a number of devices by accessing the website through the latest version of a desktop or mobile web browser.
Web browsers compatible with Hulu Live TV:
- Microsoft Edge
Hulu Live TV supported devices summary
Hulu Live TV supports a wide variety of devices, including smart TVs and streaming players powered by Android TV, Fire TV and Roku OS. This is in addition to smart TVs by Samsung, LG and Vizio, as well as on newer Apple TV players. If none of these devices are available, live TV channels can also be streamed on newer smartphones, tablets, game consoles and through a web browser.
The main point to be aware of with Hulu, is whether an individual device is compatible with the Latest Hulu app, as that’s required for access to live TV. Even then, some device users, including those with a PS3 or Xfinity X1, may find they can download the latest app but are still unable to watch live TV channels through Hulu.