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- With so many plans and add-ons, it’s hard to keep track of what Hulu offers, so we broke everything down for you below.
- Hulu offers four levels of service: Basic ($5.99 per month), Premium ($11.99 per month), Basic + Live TV ($54.99 per month), and Premium + Live TV ($60.99 per month).
- Hulu Basic is ad-supported, while Premium is almost completely ad-free.
- Hulu + Live TV subscribers gain access to 65+ channels of live TV, including cable news networks, CBS, ABC, NBC, and favorites such as Food Network, Disney Channel, and Discovery.
- For additional monthly costs, Hulu subscribers can add premium cable channels, like HBO, Starz, and Showtime, to their streaming plan, or even bundle the service with Disney Plus and ESPN+.
Hulu is one of the most popular streaming services on the market, and they keep adding options to improve your access to top content. With so many options available, plus an ever-growing number of add-ons, like HBO Max for $14.99/month or Unlimited Screens for $9.99/month, it can be hard to keep track of Hulu’s different rates without digging deep into your account settings or Hulu’s Help Center.
Below, we’ve put together a chart of exactly what each of Hulu’s four offerings — Basic, Premium, Basic + Live TV, and Premium + Live TV — will get you for your dollar. There’s an additional breakdown of Hulu’s add-ons that you can opt for to improve your streaming experience and give you access to exactly the content you want to watch.
If Hulu and its add-ons aren’t enough, you can also read about how to get Hulu bundled with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $12.99/month.
Updated on 11/18/2020 by Steven Cohen: Added details about Hulu’s upcoming price increase for its live TV plans.
How much is Hulu?
Hulu Basic costs just $5.99 a month, making it one of the cheapest streaming services on the market. This plan offers ad-supported access to all of Hulu’s on-demand programs. Hulu Premium runs you $11.99 a month and offers ad-free streaming for the majority of Hulu’s on-demand content.
Hulu Basic + Live TV currently costs $54.99 a month and adds over 65 channels of live TV — including Food Network, Discovery, Disney Channel, ESPN, CBS, NBC, Fox, and more — to the basic on-demand plan. There’s also an option for Hulu Premium + Live TV for $60.99 a month.
With that said, Hulu is increasing the price of its live TV plans by $10 in December. This will bring the monthly cost of Hulu Basic + Live TV to $64.99, and the monthly cost of Hulu Premium + Live TV to $70.99. The new pricing will go into effect for new and existing subscribers on December 18.
All four levels of service give you access to Hulu’s entire catalogue of on-demand shows and movies, including Hulu Originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Palm Springs,” current TV favorites like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and classic sitcoms like “Seinfeld”.
Continue reading for a detailed breakdown of all the services Hulu offers.
Note: The below breakdown does not reflect the upcoming price hike for Hulu’s live TV plans. We’ll update this chart once the new pricing is active on December 18.
Here’s everything you need to know about Hulu’s add-on pricing for networks like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, and more. Hulu now includes the option to sign up for HBO Max, which offers access to additional on-demand movies and TV shows for the same $14.99 per month price as the standard HBO add-on.
Finally, Hulu also offers the option to bundle its ad-supported service with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month. If you do the math, this means that you can save $6 a month with the bundle versus paying for each service separately. You can sign up for the bundle here.
If you have an existing Hulu Premium or Hulu + Live TV account, you can also upgrade to the bundle for a total of $18.99 a month or $61.99 a month respectively. You can find detailed instructions on how to upgrade to the bundle here.