Hulu with Live TV Adds a Guide

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos, Smart Home with 7 Comments

Hulu with Live TV Adds a Guide

Not sure how I missed this when it happened three weeks ago, but the Hulu with Live TV service now offers a guide, bringing it in-line with competing services and with cable TV.

“One thing we’ve heard from our viewers is that at times it can be difficult to see what’s on another channel or flip between two channels you’re watching simultaneously,” Hulu VP Richard Irving explained back on May 9. “So, last Fall, we built a dedicated live destination and a dynamic guide into our web experience for live TV … [now] we’re bringing a dedicated live destination and an even more robust dynamic guide to your living room devices.”

Now, Hulu with Live TV subscribers can access this guide on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One so you can “easily see what’s on now, what’s coming up next and of course switch channels.” What a concept. You can also personalize the guide, set up recordings, and quickly resume shows you started previously.

Premium members may recall that I tested Hulu with Live TV last year and discontinued the service because of its lack of a guide. (Which is a pretty obvious need for a TV service.) But I will reevaluate that now.

Looking at the pricing structure, I see that Hulu with Live TV is $39.99 per month, which is as expensive as YouTube TV but more expensive than Sling TV Blue ($29.98 per month). But there’s also a $43.99 offering that removes commercials. And since I’m already paying $11.99 per Hulu, these choices are actually less expensive.

 

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