Hulu Review – How Hulu Compares to the Competition

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Have you tried Hulu yet? This Hulu review shows how you can cut the cord on cable TV and save a lot of money, while still being able to watch great TV programs and movies! Remember the days when you could only watch television if you had a fancy cable package with 100+ channels? These…

Have you tried Hulu yet? This Hulu review shows how you can cut the cord on cable TV and save a lot of money, while still being able to watch great TV programs and movies!

Remember the days when you could only watch television if you had a fancy cable package with 100+ channels?

These days, there are numerous television and streaming services to choose from including Sling, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and you guessed it, Hulu.

In this review, we’ll focus on Hulu – a streaming television service that makes it easy to watch episodes of your favorite television shows, movies, documentaries, and more.

How Did Hulu Get Started?

huluHulu launched without much fanfare in 2008 with the main goal of providing consumers with an alternate way to watch their favorite television shows.

Back then, you could mostly only access television shows in arrears — as in, after they aired on regular television.

With a Hulu subscription, you could buy a Roku box or use another source to stream television shows without having a cable subscription.

Pricing was also low at first — less than $8 per month — making it easy for frugal households to make the switch.

You could watch the shows you wanted, after all; you just had to wait a while.

What Does Hulu Offer Now?

These days, Hulu offers a live streaming service, although it’s a separate subscription and service altogether.

You can log into Hulu to watch full seasons of the shows you love, classic favorites, kids shows, movies, and more.

Hulu even has its own Original series, including the wildly popular (and disturbing) The Handmaid’s Tale.

You can binge on your favorite shows or watch individual episodes you love — all on demand and at the touch of a button. You can even avoid commercials if you want.

Right now, you can choose from two Hulu packages — a $5.99 per month plan with limited commercials and an $11.99 per month plan with zero commercial interruptions. You can also choose Hulu Live, which offers access to live TV, including many live sports channels.

Each offers access to the same selection of comedies and award-winning dramas. Some of the more popular shows you can stream on Hulu include:

  • Family Guy
  • South Park
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • This is Us
  • The Mindy Project
  • ABC 20/20
  • Harlots
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Good Morning America
  • Master Chef
  • America’s Got Talent
  • Bachelor in Paradise
  • Castle Rock
  • Difficult People
  • The Path
  • Freakish
  • Hard Sun

But, not everyone signs up for Hulu to watch television — especially when it comes to consumers who have gone without cable long enough to become out of touch with current shows.

For a lot of people, signing up for Hulu or a similar service is a great way to get access to hundreds of movies they can watch for “free” after paying their monthly membership fee.

Movies available on Hulu include popular options like Me Before You, the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Hunt for Red October, Children of the Corn, and nearly any famous movie you can think of from the last few decades or longer.

Hulu also offers an exceptional selection of children’s movies and television shows.

Hulu Features & Pricing

Hulu offers a convenient way to watch television for less than you’d pay for a subscription to cable.

You can stream it on your phone, tablet, laptop, or your actual television. And you may not even miss cable if you’re not too picky about shows.

Like cable television, Hulu requires a monthly subscription fee.

The difference is, you’ll pay significantly less —only $5.99 or $11.99 per month for the basic plans— versus than the $100+ cable bills Americans are used to.

All Hulu plans offer unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library with limited or no ads. Hulu features exclusive content found only on Hulu, along with a variety of TV series, movies, documentaries, children’s programming, and more.

Hulu + Live TV includes 60+ top Live and On Demand TV channels including sports, news, and entertainment. Hulu + Live TV subscribers can also record up to 50 hours of programming with the Hulu Cloud DVR storage.

Hulu Pricing: 

The three monthly subscription prices will be as follows: $5.99, $11.99, and $44.99. Hulu recently changed their pricing structure, reducing the ad-supported subscription price by $1 per month, and increasing the Hulu + Live TV by $5 per month. However, Hulu + Live TV also offers 10 more channels.

Hulu Free Trial Offer – One Month FREE

Hulu Free Trial Offer: New Hulu customers can get a free month of the lower two pricing tiers, or a free 7-day trial of Hulu + Live TV. Visit the Hulu website for more information.

Pros and Cons of Hulu

While there are a ton of practical ways to use Hulu to watch television, this service isn’t perfect.

You’re paying the price of a fast food meal or a little more, so I guess you can’t expect it to be, right?

Either way, you need to know what you’re in for before you invest in a Roku box to stream Hulu or bother getting the service set up.

Here are the main pros and cons to consider:

Advantages of Having Hulu

  • You can save a ton of money on television subscriptions if you aren’t too picky about what you watch. If you’re paying a lot for a cable television package, you could save hundreds or perhaps even thousands of dollars per year with a Hulu subscription.
  • You can use Hulu to watch a few movies per month and still get a good value. At $7.99 per month for the cheapest package, even watching a few shows or movies per month can make Hulu a good deal. After all, most online movie rentals go for $3.99 or more.
  • You can save even more if you don’t mind commercials. While $11.99 per month is a good deal for television and movies, you can pay the lower price if you don’t get upset sitting through commercials.
  • There are hundreds of kids shows and movies available. If you have children, Hulu can be a lifesaver. Your children can watch entire seasons of their favorite shows or their favorite movies all in one place.
  • Get access to Hulu Originals. Hulu has begun offering its own original series, including popular favorites like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Path. These high-quality shows receive rave reviews and may make a Hulu subscription well worth it if you watch them.

Why You May Want to Skip It

  • You need internet access to watch movies and television shows. You need to be online to watch Hulu anywhere, unlike Netflix since it lets you save shows and watch them later. This may be a problem if you don’t always have a Wi-fi connection when you’re ready to watch television or movies.
  • Movie options are limited. There’s always something to watch on Hulu, but they don’t typically have a lot of new releases.
  • You must endure commercials to get the cheapest package. To pay less than $8 per month for Hulu like you did in the good old days, you have to watch commercials! If you canceled your cable package and switched to Hulu to avoid commercials, this could be a huge downside.
  • Some shows don’t become available on Hulu until a while after they’ve aired. Some shows take a while to make their way onto Hulu once they’ve aired, which can be frustrating if you’re excited to watch a certain show and have to wait.
  • You can only access Hulu in the U.S. and Japan. New destinations may be added eventually, but this is where you can use it for now.

The Bottom Line

Should you sign up for Hulu and ditch your cable television package?

Many consumers who are desperate to save money have done exactly that only to find they don’t miss cable television after all.

But keep in mind, due to the low price of this service, it’s easy to bundle Hulu with another streaming service like Netflix.

After all, you can have both for less than $20 per month and you’ll get access to a broader selection of movies, shows, and original series.

If you’re eager to try Hulu but not quite ready to commit, also note that you can get your first month free with either Hulu package.

If you find you don’t like streaming television — or your favorite television shows aren’t offered on the service — you can cancel before your first month is up and try something different.

You don’t have much to lose if you give it a try, but you could save hundreds or thousands of dollars if it works out.

Give Hulu a try today and you may find it’s more than enough for your needs.

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