March 20, 2017
Hulu’s upcoming live TV service will compete for cord cutters with offerings such as Dish’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Sony’s PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV. While details of the new service have been limited, the company’s marketing site (where it’s currently taking sign-up requests) has teased a few tidbits. The service will likely offer a combination of Hulu’s on-demand content with the option of live TV for a monthly fee below $40. It will also feature a DVR option; a new interface with user profiles, guest profiles, and recommendations; the ability to pause a live TV show for later viewing; real-time custom alerts for events and programs; and support for multiple, simultaneous streams on live TV.
“Spend less time searching and more time watching,” suggests the Hulu site. “With profiles, everyone can have their own personal Hulu experience. And with multiple streams on Live TV, the whole home can watch at once.”
Hulu does not indicate how many streams will be available (PlayStation Vue offers up to five streams across a large number of devices), but it seems clear that the company is targeting families with its choice of promotional language and images featured in its teaser video.
“A variety of devices will also be supported, the site says, which is more of a given of course — especially since Hulu already has broad support for streaming players, phones, tablets, computers, smart TVs and more,” reports TechCrunch.
The new service, coming “this spring,” is expected to offer cable and broadcast channels from the likes of A&E Networks, CBS, 21st Century Fox and Disney. Hulu also has deals with sports networks including ESPN and Fox Sports.