Get Free TV With Hulu?
We'd all love to cancel our expensive cable TV service, if only we could watch our favorite shows for free. Hulu is an online video service that just might deliver on the promise of free TV. But it depends on what, where, and how you want to watch your television. Read on to learn more about Hulu...
What is Hulu?
Hulu is an on-demand, Internet-delivered streaming video service. It delivers thousands of TV shows, movies, and other video content produced by NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, Nickelodeon, and many other networks and studios. Founded in 2007, Hulu is a joint venture of NBCUniversal Television Group, Fox Broadcasting Co., Disney-ABC Television Group, and Providence Equity Partners.
Hulu is available on desktop browsers (Windows, Mac, and Linux), tablets and smartphones (Android and iOS), many game consoles, and other platforms. The latest Internet-connected TVs from Sony, Samsung, VIZIO, LG, Panasonic can connect directly to Hulu through your existing Internet service. Other popular devices that can be used to bring Hulu content to your living room television screen are the Roku Streaming Player, Apple TV, Microsoft's Xbox 360, and the Sony Playstation 3.
With the basic Hulu service ($5.99/month), you can watch the most recent episodes of popular TV shows. The late night lineup is there, as well as popular news, talk, entertainment, cartoon, food, sports and reality shows. Hulu usually has all current-season episodes from popular shows, and full series runs (all episodes from every season) of many other shows not currently airing.
What About Stuff That's NOT on Hulu?
It's true that Hulu doesn't cover the full spectrum of networks, shows, movies, news and sports that you can get with a subscription to a cable TV service. For some people, the basic version of Hulu might be enough. For others, the $44.99/month HULU + LIVE TV service might look a lot cheaper than the $80 to $100 they're currently paying for cable. The premium version of Hulu lets you stream over 60 top live and on-demand TV channels including sports, news, and entertainment.
But if you miss your local news and movie channels, there are ways to supplement what Hulu offers, and still remain cable-free.
Of course, if you have an antenna and you live fairly close to a city, much of what Hulu offers, and the things they don't, are available for free. Many local newspaper and TV news stations offer free streaming video that will keep you up to date on current events in your area. Just Google the name of the paper or TV station, and chances are, you'll find them online. Crackle offers lots of free movies. If you can't find the movie you want there, get a Roku box and check out Netflix or Amazon Prime.
For the hardcore TV junkie, Hulu + Live TV is probably the best fix available, if you want to cut your cable. For most people, adding Netflix or Amazon Prime to a Hulu subscription would bring in pretty much everything they can get on cable TV, for under $60 a month.
Youtube TV is another option for streaming live TV channels. For $50/month. you get live sports, news, and shows from 70+ channels.
Have you ditched your cable subscription in favor of Hulu or other free online TV services? Tell me about your experience! Post your comment or question on this topic below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 20 Dec 2018
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