When trying to pick the right streaming service for your household, options abound. If you are a movie buff, Netflix remains a great choice. In addition to movies, the service also produces its own content, like Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things.
On the other hand, Hulu offers network TV shows, but also provides movies and other content. While some network episodes are available after a delay, a Hulu Live TV subscription is also available.
Majority-owned by Disney, the company recently announced a bundle including Hulu and ESPN+ with the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. The monthly price for all three is $12.99.
Needless to say, that’s a bundle worthy of your interest when available. For now, let’s dive into the Hulu’s details to see if subscribing makes sense for your family.
Hulu Subscription Plans Vary Greatly in Price
The basic Hulu plan costs only $5.99. You gain access to their full library of on-demand content with limited ads. These include full seasons of network series, movies, original shows, and children’s programming. You are also able to watch shows on a TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone no matter your location.
Add-ons to the basic plan include premium movie channels, like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz. Additionally, the No Ads option removes commercials from your content.
The Hulu + Live TV plan competes with PlayStation Vue, Sling, and other cable or satellite service replacements. As such, it’s priced accordingly at $44.99 per month. It includes a typical array of popular news, sports, entertainment, and cooking channels. Local channels are also available in select locations.
This premium Hulu plan also gives you access to their full library of on-demand content. The package includes a Cloud-based DVR with 50 hours of recording. This adds value compared to other similar streaming services.
Like the basic service, Hulu Live TV’s add-ons include premium movie channels. A 200 hour Cloud DVR, and entertainment and Spanish channel packages are also available. Finally, the unlimited screens option lets you watch content on an unlimited number of devices at home. Three simultaneous screens are available when traveling. Without this add-on, you are limited to two devices at once.
How Much Internet Speed Do I Need to Stream Hulu?
At a bare minimum, you need an Internet speed of at least 5 Mbps to stream HD content from Hulu. This assumes only one device at a time accessing your Internet service. About half that speed is required for SD resolution.
Hulu does provide some 4K content on a limited number of devices. In this scenario, a download speed of at least 25 Mbps ensures streaming without buffering. Of course, faster speeds improve performance, especially with more than one device accessing the Internet.
Check out our article on optimizing home Internet speed for additional tips on improving streaming performance. Installing a mesh network or range extender also helps with devices located a good distance from your wireless router. It’s a smart approach for getting the most from your Hulu subscription.