Hulu has currently airing television shows the day after they air (in most cases), when compared to Netflix, Hulu gets content faster and becomes the first who started offering streaming services. Both Netflix and Hulu companies offer ways to watch TV shows free of their original networks, and both have advantages and disadvantages. In many cases, Netflix offers significantly more TV and movies than Hulu. If you’re a kind of viewer who needs to keep up with the latest shows to talk about around the water cooler, Hulu is the only choice. The service Hulu offers current programming from networks including ABC, Fox, NBC, and the CW, as well as a panoply of cable networks. Now, Hulu wants to jump over Live TV, and decided to take a stab at this increasingly popular market.
Ever since the announcement of Sling TV at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Internet-based services for watching live television have been hitting the screen left and right. There are already three top dogs to choose from, such as Sling, DIRECTV Now, and PlayStation Vue. Hulu, could be another one prepping to grab the market share pretty soon.
Details are currently quite scarce as the company has only released a teaser website for the upcoming service, but nevertheless, there are a few main points that we can talk about right now. For starters, live TV through Hulu will be offered as an add-on as opposed to an entirely new platform. Basically, Hulu’s current offerings of on-demand programming will continue to work just as they do today, but you’ll soon have the option to stream live television as opposed t only being able to watch shows after they’re aired.
Some what similar to its current lineup of competitors, Hulu’s live TV service will allow you to pause live programs, fast-farward and even rewind content, and get notifications for shows that you simply can’t miss anyway. All of this is expected of an Internet TV service in 2017, the real rejoice on the cake here is the inclusion of cloud DVR functionality. PlayStation Vue is currently the only other Internet TV provider that offers this feature, and the Sling is beta testing its own DVR system, which could give Hulu an edge over a lot of its competition if it can hit the ground running sooner rather than later.
While the initial announcement here really matters for the time being, is quite exciting. Hulu has yet to outline a timeframe for pricing or availability, but you can sign up to be a beta tester for the upcoming service when Hulu is ready to release the program out. Right now, you ca head over to the usual channel and register yourself with Hulu live TV service.
Hulu is entering a young, competitive landscape
To do so, you’ll need to own an Android or iOS device, 4th generation Apple TV, or Xbox One in order to participate in the beta, but we’d expect Hulu’s live television service to become available on all of its supported platforms once it exits the testing period.
Watching live TV through Hulu looks quite promising right now, but to experience all that excitement, we’ll have to wait and see how the service actually shapes and works as time goes on. Google recently announced YouTube TV with unlimited cloud DVR for $35/month, and while it still doesn’t have an exact release either, Hulu is going to need to bring its A-game in order to stand strong from this increasingly competitive crowd. Stay tuned for More!
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