Hulu’s live TV option hasn’t garnered many users, but the addition of Disney+ and ESPN+ may put it over the top for some.
News of the change came via email to existing Hulu + Live TV subscribers. That hardy few currently pays $64.99 or $70.99 per month depending on whether they opted for on-demand ads. But with the addition of two additional services, which typically cost $7.99 per month and $6.99 per month, respectively, each Hulu + Live TV tier will go up in price by $5 per month. (By comparison, YouTube TV costs $64.99 per month with no on-demand ads, so it’s already cheaper than Hulu’s live TV offering.)
Whether the price hike will sit well with existing subscribers will depend on whether they’re already paying separately for one or both of those other services, I guess. But Disney will apparently roll those accounts into your Hulu account if applicable, automatically saving you money.
Hulu reported that it had 43.8 million subscribers last month, but only 4 million of those pay for Hulu + Live TV.