Hulu review

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Hulu review

When it comes to balancing the series you need to watch to stay on top of office chit-chat — and having your favorite network shows at the ready — Hulu offers the best of both worlds.

In 2008, NBC officially launched Hulu in partnership with Fox’s parent company, News Corporation. In its first year alone, Hulu’s number of offerings increased from just a few dozen shows to thousands of shows and series.

In 2018, Hulu had 25 million paying subscribers, with that number projected to grow to 82.2 million by the end of 2019.

Compare Hulu packages

Hulu allows you to try out different subscription levels and add-ons for free, and you can switch back and forth between plans from month to month. Hulu’s on-demand plans offer free 30-day trials, while the Live TV options provide free 7-day trials.

Hulu
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Hulu
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Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+ BundleHulu + Live TV
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Hulu + Live TV
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Monthly price$5.99/mo.$11.99/mo.$12.99/mo.$54.99/mo.$60.99/mo.
Free trial length1 month1 monthNone7 days7 days
Number of titles and channelsThousandsThousandsThousands of titles and live sportsThousands of titles and 60+ channelsThousands of titles and 60+ channels
Cloud DVR storageNoneNoneNone50 hours50 hours
Number of simultaneous streams22222
Live sports streaming availableNoNoYesYesYes

How much are Hulu plans compared to competitors?

Compared to other major streaming services like Netflix, whose plans start at $8.99/mo., or Amazon Prime, which is $12.99/mo., there are several Hulu packages and add-ons that give you access to awesome content for as little as $5.99/mo. for basic on-demand streaming with ads. Ad-free live TV streaming will set you back $50.99/mo., which is more expensive than comparable services like Sling TV, which starts at $25/mo. for entry-level live TV plans.

Is Hulu streaming right for you?

Hulu is ideal if you’re a cord-cutter but still want to watch network TV shows. It offers access to a wide variety of current and past seasons of shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ERGrey’s AnatomySouth ParkThis is Us and more. Even if you’re not a regular network TV-watcher, there’s still plenty to explore in Hulu’s massive content library. Plus, its DVR capabilities make it a useful service for recovering DVR hoarders.

Keep in mind that Hulu doesn’t have as many movies as other services like Netflix or Amazon Prime, so if you fancy yourself a movie buff, this service may not be right for you.

User experience

Hulu’s sleek interface makes it easy for users to browse the catalog by actor, genre or type of content (like TV, movies, or Hulu originals). All of Hulu’s plans allow up to two screens to stream simultaneously, but if you subscribe to either of Hulu’s Live TV plans, you can add unlimited screens for $9.99/mo.

Most modern smart TVs, including iOS and Android models, support Hulu. If you’re working with an older TV, though, you may need to use supplementary technology to access the service. The desktop app gives you the same search and customization features as the TV-based interface. The Hulu Plus mobile app allows you to watch your movies and TV shows on the go, right on your smartphone.

Device compatibility

There are a variety of devices that give you access to Hulu, including:

  • Android phones and tablets
  • Android TV (select models)
  • Apple TV (4th generation or later)
  • Chromecast
  • Echo Show
  • Fire Tablets
  • Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • iPhones and iPads
  • LG TV (select models)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Mac and PC browsers
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
  • Samsung TV (select models)
  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  • Windows 10
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One

Hulu features

While Hulu’s movie library is not as extensive as other competitors, the service still offers plenty of features to make your streaming experience enjoyable.

Set up multiple profiles

Hulu allows you to create up to six different user profiles.

Refine your queue with Tastepicker

Tell Hulu what types of shows, movies and genres interest you most, and Tastepicker will give you content recommendations.

Store your favorites shows

Use the My Stuff feature to saveTV shows and movies you want to keep track of or watch later.

Get tailored recommendations

Hit Like or Dislike to let the service know if you enjoyed a particular show. Hulu uses the information to suggest content similar to what you’ve “Liked” in the past.

Enjoy a better experience with Stop Suggesting

This feature comes in handy when you see content on Hulu that doesn’t interest you. Use the Stop Suggesting function to put an end to seeing a particular recommendation.

What to watch on Hulu

Hulu includes current and previous seasons of hundreds of shows and movies. You can browse by network, TV show, movie, genre, Hulu originals and more. There’s a huge bank of network content to choose from, including Bob’s BurgersFamily GuyModern Family, It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaSaturday Night Live and The Voice.

The service offers a variety of critically-acclaimed original television content like The Act, Castle Rock, Catch-22, The Handmaid’s TaleThe Mindy ProjectRamy and Shrill. It also has a growing list of original movies like Crime + Punishment, Frye FraudMinding the Gap and Too Funny to Fail.

The takeaway

There’s a reason Hulu is among the biggest players in streaming right now. Its huge library of third-party and original content makes it a draw for lots of viewers. Hulu’s movie library is not as extensive as some of its competitors, so if you pride yourself on being a cinephile, a streaming service like Netflix might be a better choice. However, if you’re a TV-lover and enjoy DVR and live TV capabilities, Hulu’s free trial is worth a spin.

Suzanna Colberg

Suzanna Colberg specializes in both print articles and search engine optimized web content. Her stories have been published in Massage Magazine, Grand Rapids Magazine, AAA Magazine, and SwitchedOn Leadership magazine. As a senior copywriter and content strategist in Chicago, Suzanna has worked with clients that run the gamut from healthcare to agriculture to hearing aids, human resources software, finance and more.