Hulu with Live TV Comes to the PC

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, iOS, Mobile, Music + Videos with 6 Comments

Hulu with Live TV Comes to the PC

Hulu’s live and on-demand TV service, called Hulu with Live TV, has been available in beta form on Android and iOS devices, plus Amazon Fire TV/Stick, Apple TV, and Chromecast. But now you can stream the service to your PC or Mac via the web too.

“As we built the new Hulu experience, we wanted to make sure you could watch when you want and where you want, on the platforms that matter to you,” Hulu’s Ben Smith explains. “Many of you have asked to access our service on your laptops and computers as well. So rather than wait until we’ve finalized our new Web experience, we’re opening up a basic version to Hulu’s live TV plan to subscribers so they can stream live TV via their browsers. That means you can catch the big game, this morning’s news or the premiere of ‘This Is Us’ wherever you are.”

Hulu with Live TV works like other similar “cord-cutting” services—like YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue, both of which I’m currently evaluating—in providing access to live TV channels as well as on-demand content, DVR-like recording capabilities, and multi-screen support. The services costs $39.99 per month, a bit more than YouTube TV, but you can add extras like enhanced cloud DVR, support for unlimited screens, and premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime for additional monthly costs.

It’s not clear if Hulu will ever support this service on the PC (or Mac) with a native app: The site for Hulu with Live TV lists the coming support for these devices to occur via “Hulu.com,” suggesting that the website will be it. That makes a lot of sense, beyond the lack of offline access to recorded content. But then Hulu with Live TV’s “Cloud DVR” feature does require an Internet connection.

In any event, the web experience is what Hulu calls “a very early version.” It will “evolve significantly over the next few months” but will remain unique from the mobile and living room versions. Today, the web experience offers access to live TV, on-demand content (including the normal Hulu library), and the premium add-ons and channels. Hulu says it will keep adding features.

In the future, Hulu will also bring this service to Roku devices and various Samsung devices, including its Smart TVs. The lack of Roku support is a weird miss, given that this device family is the most popular living room streaming device by far.

You can learn more about Hulu with Live TV on the web on the Hulu website.

 

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6 responses to “Hulu with Live TV Comes to the PC”

  1. jgraebner

    I'm actually surprised that this hasn't come to the Windows Store app yet as Hulu has updated it pretty frequently. It also seems likely it would share the code base with the XBOX One app.

  2. Buzzmodo

    I just checked out the Hulu with Life TV line up for live channels for Seattle, and they have fewer by my count than DirectNow. Amusing to think that local channels broadcasting over the air are for some reason hold outs.


    DirectNow works well, but the UI is horrible, and there's no way that I can figure out to say "delete" channels that one might never watch. This out to be simply the matter of checking a box for channels that you want/don't want. Maybe they are afraid of even giving the hint that a la carte TV is on the horizon.

  3. davidl

    Paul: You left off that Hulu with Live TV supports Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Also, it only supports 4th generation of Apple TV.

    https://www.hulu.com/live-tv#devices


    I dropped cable for Hulu with Live TV. Happy with it so far. Was waiting for PC support. Glad it is here.

  4. Jeff Jones

    Do any of the services besides DirecTV Now have the Hallmark Channel?


    I'm with DirecTV Now because they seem to be the only service with the Hallmark Channel, which some people in my household love. I'm wondering if or when the other services like Youtube and Hulu will get a more full featured channel lineup. Or maybe Hallmark is just really cautious about this whole "internet thing".


    I might have to vent for a second here. DirecTV Now's live TV works great, and they have a DVR promised for later this year, but who knows if it will work properly because I have yet to see the existing 72 hour rewind feature work flawlessly. Regardless of channel it always has some kind of weird glitch like freezing mid stream and forcing you to restart the show (which has fast forward disabled by the way) or the audio gets out of sync. Both of those problems have happened on more than a couple occasions.


    For example, Monday when I tried to watch The Last Ship on TNT via the 72 hour rewind, about mid way through the audio got out of sync, big time. And it's fully repeatable at the exact same moment in the show as if the audio track was trimmed and then resaved to the episode. Even the commercial breaks were still embedded in the audio stream so you would start hearing commercials a few minutes before they showed up on screen, then just after the commercials were started (visually) the episode audio resumed. Crazy.


    Of course DTVNow says they should have it fixed in a couple days (after the 72 hour expiration), so now I'm left waiting for The Last Ship to come to Hulu next spring/summer since I don't want to skip an episode and the first two episodes have expired.



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