Hulu

Hulu

Hulu is a video streaming service that gives access to thousands of full seasons of exclusive series, hit movies, kids shows, and Hulu Originals like Handmaid’s Tale.

It offers the best selection of current TV shows and is cheaper than both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. You will be able to watch most shows from networks like ABC, NBC, FOX, and cable channels like Bravo, USA Network, FXX, FXM, HGTV, and more.

Additionally, for just $4 you can upgrade to the No Commercials Plan ($11.99/month) to watch all shows without any ads.

You can add Live TV from major cable channels, live locals and regional sports networks by upgrading to Hulu Live TV for $40/month ($32 upgrade).

Sign-up For Hulu

Hulu subscription is month-to-month and you can cancel at any time.

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Hulu is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles; Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch mobile devices; and computer browsers.


Features

Full Seasons Current TV Shows

Hulu provides access to full seasons of current TV shows from ABC, NBC, and FOX. This means that the day after the show airs, you’ll get access to it on demand on Hulu.

This includes shows like This is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, Empire, Family Guy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Saturday Night Live, Bob’s Burgers, Law & Order: SVU and more.

Unlike other services, you get access to new episodes during the current season, and for some some shows like Family Guy — every episode ever made.

All Seasons Old TV Shows

Even if your favorite show is no longer on TV, you can access many to them on Hulu.

This includes full seasons of shows like:

  • Seinfeld (9 seasons)
  • Parks and Recreation (7 seasons)
  • 30 Rock (7 seasons)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7 seasons)
  • Community (6 seasons)
  • The X-Files (11 seasons)
  • Battlestar Galactica (4 seasons)
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (12 Seasons)

Exclusive Access Hulu Originals

Hulu has started to produce original shows that are available exclusively to Hulu subscribers.

These include top shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, Casual, and The Looming Tower. If you want to catch these great shows, it’s the only way to do it.

Large LibraryClassic Movies

Hulu includes a large library of over 2,500 movies. While they generally aren’t new releases, they include many classics like Indiana Jones, Robocop, Reservoir Dogs, Iron Man, and more.

“Kids Mode” Has Parental Controls

To use parental controls with Hulu you need to create a user profile with “Kids Mode” enabled.


Hulu offers two available upgrades: No Commercials Plan and Hulu Live TV

Commercial-Free On Demand

Hulu’s Limited Commercials Plan ($7.99/mo) has 9 minutes of commercials for every TV show. You can upgrade to Hulu No Commercials Plan ($11.99) for an additional $4/month.

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV ($40/mo.) includes access to live local channels, regional sports networks, and 22 of the Top 35 cable channels, a free DVR, and access to Hulu’s Limited Commercials Plan. You can see our full review of the service.


Tech Specs

  • Most shows will stream in 720p HD with stereo audio
  • Offers 4K Ultra HD streaming of some content on some gaming devices
  • Streaming works well and rarely has playback issues.

1080p HD Video

While most streams are available in 720p HD, some shows will stream in 1080p HD, while a small selection in 4K Ultra HD on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.

Hulu recommends having at least a 1.5 Mbps internet connection for standard definition content (480p).

For High Definition (HD) content, they require 3 Mbps (720p HD), 6 Mbps (1080p HD), or 13 Mbps (4K Ultra HD).

To reduce playback interruptions, Hulu will adapt the stream quality to match your network connection.

Stereo Audio

Hulu doesn’t offer Dolby Digital 5.1, but all shows and movies will stream with stream with stereo audio.


Device Compatibility

Hulu is compatible with many smartphones, tablets, TV streaming devices, Xbox consoles, and computers. There is no support for PlayStation video game consoles.

TV Devices

  • Amazon Fire TV
    • Fire TV media player
    • Fire TV Stick
  • Apple TV
    • 4th generation
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation
    • PlayStation 4
    • PlayStation 4 Pro
  • Xbox
    • Xbox 360
    • Xbox One

Phones & Tablets

  • Android 5.0 or newer
  • iOS 10 or newer
    • iPad (4th gen) or newer
    • iPhone 5 or newer
    • iPod Touch (6th gen)

Computers

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari

Computers may need Adobe Flash installed.