Depending on your plan, Hulu can be watched with or without ads. It also offers a Live TV package with sports content and other subscriptions included. These plans vary widely in costs, so you should know exactly what you’re buying before subscribing to any of them.
Hulu (With Ads)
Hulu with ads is the basic Hulu plan. It costs $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year if you want to pay upfront, meaning you get two months for free. For this price, you get access to Hulu’s entire content library, including movies, TV shows, and Hulu originals. Note that eligible students can get this plan for $1.99 per month if you or someone in your home currently attends college.
It may seem counterintuitive that a streaming service has ad breaks, but this is one way that Hulu keeps the price of its basic plan low. When you watch a movie or show, you can expect four to six ad breaks per hour, which run around a minute each. While they’re much shorter than the ad breaks you’ll get on cable TV, it’s worth noting that Netflix and Amazon Prime stream on-demand movies and TV with no ads in any of their plans.
Hulu (No Ads)
If you pay for Hulu with no ads, which costs $14.99 per month, you don’t get any additional content. The only difference is that you won’t have those ad breaks, so your content plays from beginning to end without stopping. In some cases, ads may still play at the beginning or end of the content, but they will never interrupt it.
For both of these plans, Hulu offers too many movies and shows to list them all. However, some of the popular TV offerings include “Am I Being Unreasonable?” “Secret Chef,” “A Small Light,” “Under the Banner of Heaven,” “Up Here,” and “The Full Monty.” Movies include everything from classics like “Alien” and “Die Hard” to newer hits like “Ford v Ferrari” and “Spencer.” Hulu also has a wide selection of documentaries.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV is a completely different service. It includes not only Hulu’s on-demand content, but also around 85 sports, news, and entertainment channels, such as MTV, Lifetime, Hallmark, Comedy, E!, Bravo, ESPN, ACCN, Fox News, CNN, ABC News, Disney Channel, and MSNBC. You also get subscriptions to ESPN+ and Disney+ with a Live TV plan.
Hulu + Live TV could potentially replace your cable TV service. But since it costs $69.99 per month, you need to be sure that it has the content you want from both a streaming service and a cable TV plan. Note that it includes ads. To get add-free content, Live TV costs $82.99 per month. And even in that plan, ESPN+ will still have ad breaks.
Notably, Hulu offers a much stronger catalog of on-demand content than some dedicated livestreaming TV services, such as Sling and FuboTV. However, it doesn’t have every cable channel out there and may have limitations for location-based local content.
Check Hulu’s live TV availability for more information.