Hulu Plus Review 2021: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

GOBankingRates Score

4.6
Our Take: If you enjoy watching television but are growing tired of ever-increasing cable costs, you might consider switching to a video streaming service like Hulu Plus. The app offers tons of video streaming, plus you can watch thousands of familiar TV shows live.
  • Channels
    4.7
  • Cost
    4.7
  • Simultaneous Streams
    4.5
  • Cloud DVR
    4.6
How did we calculate this?

Pros

  • One-month free trial
  • Thousands of movies and TV shows
  • Can bundle with other popular streaming services
  • Full seasons of current-season TV show episodes

Cons

  • Premium channels available as add-ons
  • Must pay extra for no ads
  • Must pay extra for technology feature add-ons
  • No equipment to rent; no installation fees

One of the most popular streaming services around, Hulu Plus doesn’t just let you watch current and older TV shows and movies, but the live TV upgrade also adds local channels, local news and live sports.

Hulu Plus gives you a combination of on-demand, network, premium, original and live viewing options. Hulu Plus may make it easier to cut the cable cord, but is it worth your dollars?

What Is Hulu Plus?

Hulu Plus is the premium version of Hulu, a subscription video-on-demand service that was originally launched in 2010. Today, Hulu’s one of the most popular TV streaming services, and Hulu Plus is one of the best choices for live TV streaming for the cost.

Hulu basic offers many attractive viewing choices for cable cutters on its own, but Hulu Plus goes the extra mile for viewers who like to keep up with the latest episodes of their favorite TV shows.

While you’ll have to watch ads, here’s what else you get with basic Hulu service:

  • A free 30-day trial
  • A streaming library with thousands of full seasons of TV series, current episodes, Hulu Originals and new movies
  • Next-day new episodes
  • Watch on any smart device
  • Up to six user profiles to save personal favorites
  • Watch on two different screens simultaneously

Hulu Plus gives you the same great features as basic Hulu with these additions:

  • Live TV with more than 75 channels
  • Live on-screen guide to navigate channels
  • 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage to record live shows and watch later

How Much Extra Does Hulu Plus Cost?

Hulu has three tiers of streaming service 一 Hulu Basic, Hulu Basic No Ads and Hulu Plus Live TV. You can try each service for free during a trial period. Hulu Basic and Hulu Basic No Ads both have a 30-day free trial. Hulu Plus Live TV’s free trial period is only for seven days.

After the free trial:

  • Hulu Basic is $5.99 per month.
  • Hulu Basic No Ads is $11.99 per month.
  • Hulu Plus Live TV is $64.99 per month.

Hulu charges applicable sales tax per month, per service according to your state or jurisdiction.

How Can You Watch Hulu Plus?

Hulu Plus subscribers can stream content from just about anywhere on any supported device. Below is a list of all currently supported devices where you can live stream your favorite shows and movies.

Hulu Plus Live TV Supported Devices
Android Phones and Tablets Android TV Apple TV
Chromecast Echo Show Fire Tablets
Fire TV and Fire TV Stick iPhones and iPads LG TV
Nintendo Switch Mac and PC Browsers/Apps PlayStation
Roku Samsung VIZIO SmartCast TVs
Xbox Xfinity Flex Streaming TV Box Xfinity X1 TV Boxes

Some devices like Android TV, LG TV and Roku support Hulu Plus only on certain models. If your device is not listed, you can let Hulu know in the Hulu Community online.

Is Hulu Plus Worth the Extra Money?

At around $65 per month, Hulu Plus is one of the best deals you’ll get in a streaming service. Hulu Plus has a few competitors that offer similar features at different prices. Here are some of the most popular live TV streaming apps and features to compare with Hulu Plus.

Feature to Compare Hulu Plus Live TV AT&T TV FuboTV YouTube TV
Total number of channels 75 60 65 78
Simultaneous streams per account 2 ($10 extra per month for unlimited streams) 20 2 ($6 extra per month for 3 streams) 3
Add more channels upgrade Yes Yes Yes No
Cloud DVR 50 hours (200 hours with commercial skip for $10 extra per month) 20 hours (unlimited hours for $10 extra per month) 30GB (500GB for $10 extra per month) Keep recordings for 9 months
Network channels (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cost per month $65 $70 $60 $65

If channel variety is important to you, think carefully about choosing Hulu Plus. The service recently added popular channels like Comedy Central and MTV, but it still lacks other widely watched channels such as AMC and BBC.

Good To Know

Most people consider Hulu Plus a more affordable way to watch live TV compared to a cable subscription. Whether it’s for you or not will depend on how much TV you watch and how much you want to spend on it.

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About the Author

Kathy Evans is a personal finance freelance writer and entrepreneur with a technical writing and instructional systems design background. She holds an MS in technical writing and informational design and is currently a doctoral student in instructional technology at Towson University. Through work experience in the federal government as well as commercial and nonprofit industries, she has focused her freelance writing on finance, investing and economic content with a specialization in budget coaching.  

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