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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7 responses to “Hulu with Live TV Adds a Guide”

  1. Skolvikings

    Not sure how I missed this when it happened three weeks ago


    Glad you added that disclaimer right up front... :)

  2. JacobTheDev

    I was happy to see this roll out, but I'm still hoping for a unified "recordings" or "unwatched" section. It's confusing to have to think "Oh, it's been a while since I've seen Legion, let's see if I have any new episodes." It'd be nice to just have a section that lists out all new unwatched episodes of shows that I've added to "My Stuff"

  3. Purian23

    Because you're old mostly.

  4. glenn8878

    Not having a guide was the main reason I quit my Hulu subscription. I really hated their layout. I also tried out Sling TV, but was disappointed. Since I have Spectrum as my Internet provider, I might just try their streaming service that include all major local live channels that Hulu doesn't include. It's cheaper too at $21.99 a month.

    • Stooks

      In reply to glenn8878:

      Hulu before this, had the VERY WORST interface of any streaming app. We watched the latest Hand Maids whatever last night via the Apple TV, Hulu app. Spent 5 min trying to get to where I could see the list of episodes for season 2. Horrible. Not sure how anyone at Hulu thought this was a good interface.


      If you go to their forums it is the #1 complaint.

  5. Lauren Glenn

    I was really happy with YouTube TV but one thing that this has over that is that I can actually use this on my Nintendo Switch, phone, and Chromecast too. I was surprised the new guide feature is in the Switch app too, but sure enough it is... and the interface is actually kind of nice. I got a free trial by using an account which never had Hulu service, so we'll see how it goes for 7 days. Picture is not amazing, but it's good enough for now. The guide is actually nice on the Switch too.


    One thing about Hulu was that it was really one of the best Windows 8 apps in the store (even for RT, if I recall correctly). At least you get a store app for TV with Win10.... let's hope Comcast doesn't buy them out and ruin it... maybe it will give them rights to more channels they don't have currently. Channel selection is decent but like most streaming entities, Comedy Central is not here.

  6. stendeinwik

    Now you can watch HD live TV channels and TV shows for free on your Android devices using USTVNow apk. All US, UK and Canada channels are available on this app for free.

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