How much is Hulu? Plans, prices, and deals for cord-cutters

In a crowded video streaming market, Hulu and Hulu + Live TV stand out as top-tier cord-cutting services. They include tons of great TV shows and movies, a live TV option for dropping cable entirely, and a bunch of add-ons for other premium streaming platforms. Hulu is available at a variety of price points and configurations, so if you’re wondering if Hulu is the right streaming service for you, read on to find out more.

What is Hulu?

There are two basic versions: Hulu starting at $5.99 a month and Hulu + Live TV starting at $64.99 a month. But these are just the entry-level prices, and as you’ll soon see, Hulu can be extensively configured with more content and features.

The standard Hulu has an extensive on-demand content library, including classic and original series and movies, as well as up-to-date episodes of popular shows from network TV. Hot TV shows and movies we’re watching now include the dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale, the reboot of Animaniacs, a dark comedy period piece called The Great, and the Andy Samberg feature film comedy Palm Springs.

As the name suggests, Hulu + Live TV includes live access to 65-plus channels you would otherwise find on cable, as well as all the on-demand content you would find on standard Hulu. This is a solid option for cutting your cable cord entirely. The channels you can access vary by region, but you can expect to find big name networks like ABC, CBS and FOX, as well more niche channels like Lifetime, TLC and Vice.

No matter which version of Hulu you choose, you’ll be able to create up to six user profiles, so each member of your household can create watchlists and receive personalized content recommendations. In addition, you can set up a Kids Profile, which filters content to create a family-friendly experience for the youngest members of your household.

How much do Hulu and Hulu + Live TV cost?

Whether you’re looking for something to replace your cable subscription, or you just want affordable access to your favorite shows, Hulu has a plan for you. The streaming service offers subscriptions at a variety of price points, with expanded content offerings available at additional cost. A Hulu free trial is available, and a great way to evaluate the service for a full month without having to commit.

If you’re looking for access to live channels, you’ll need the more expensive Hulu + Live TV, but for on-demand content at a more wallet-friendly price, the standard Hulu may be just what you’re looking for. Here are the subscription options:

  • Hulu: $5.99/month. Hulu’s basic package includes access to on-demand programming, supported by ads.
  • Hulu (No Ads): $11.99/month. This package includes Hulu’s full on-demand library, with ads removed.
  • Hulu + Live TV: $64.99/month. This package includes the on-demand library as well as live on-air channels.
  • Hulu (No Ads)+ Live TV: $70.99/month. Hulu’s most expensive package includes ad-free access to its on-demand content, as well as its full lineup of live channels.
Hulu’s Palm Springs Hulu

Sarah (Cristin Milioti) and Nyles (Andy Samberg) are stuck in a time-loop in the romantic comedy Palm Springs, one of Hulu’s most notable original movies.

Hulu vs. Hulu + Live TV

OK, let’s delve into each main service option in greater detail.