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Hulu has great original and on-demand content, but is the library worth the price?
If you’ve never heard of Hulu, you’ve definitely been living under a rock.
Hulu is a streaming service known for its great original content, such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Casual, and Little Fires Everywhere. Hulu also has a unique feature of releasing new episodes the following day after it's aired on live television, such as This Is Us and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
And the best part—it’s affordable.
We'll go over Hulu’s plans, the original, new, and old content you can stream with Hulu, and other perks you get with this on-demand streaming service.
Let’s get into the details to find out which plan is best for you and your family.
How much does Hulu cost?
Hulu has two plans—Basic has limited ads and Premium has zero ads.
The Basic Plan is just $7 per month and Hulu Premium is $12.99 per month. Not bad, right?
*Data effective 11/18/21.
How much does Hulu without ads cost?
Hulu Premium is $12.99 per month. At this price, you get Hulu without the limited ads. But what does “limited ads” mean?
When you watch an episode of Grey's Anatomy, you might see three 90-second ads.
When you watch a movie, the experience will feel similar to watching cable TV. You could see up to eight ad breaks that last as little as 15 seconds or as long as 90 seconds.
If you’re used to watching live TV with commercials, this might not be a bother. And you’ll save some cash. But we know many of you will want an uninterrupted viewing experience.
If you’re a serious binge watcher, or you simply don’t have the patience or the time for the interruptions, you’ll want to upgrade to that no-ad plan for $13 per month.
Bundle with Disney+ and ESPN+
The best part about Hulu’s plans is that you have the option to bundle with ESPN+ and Disney+. Why not add more sports and Disney movies to your life? There's only one downside, it may be tough getting off your couch.
If you decide to go the Hulu limited ads route, you can get all three streaming services for $14. And if you want Hulu without ads, the trifecta will be $20 per month.
So either way, it’s just $7 more than if you were to get Hulu by itself. And $7 is actually the monthly price of Disney+ alone. So why not tack on ESPN+, as well?
Which TV shows and movies does Hulu have?
Now for Hulu’s content which includes originals, new, and classics.
Let’s start with Hulu's original content, the movies and shows that you can’t find anywhere else.
You might have heard of Little Fires Everywhere with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Or maybe the new show Only Murder in the Building with the lovable Steven Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez.
Other popular originals you can enjoy on a Tuesday night include Dopesick, The Handmaid's Tale, and Dollface. Hulu releases quality original content quite often.
Recently aired content straight to Hulu
The best part about Hulu, in our opinion, is how quickly they air recent episodes from network and cable TV.
So for example, if you’re all caught up on This Is Us and want to watch the new episode the day after it airs on Monday night, you’re going to want Hulu. It will be ready for you to watch at 9 a.m. (ET) the following Tuesday morning.
This is the same for the following shows:
- The Bachelor/ Bachelorette
- The Good Doctor
- The Real Housewives
- Law & Order
- The Resident
- La Brea
- Shark Tank
- The Voice
- Grey's Anatomy
This next-day feature is perfect for those who want to cut the cord and don’t want to pay for a cable bill anymore. You won’t have to give up on some of your favorite shows.
Older and classic on-demand content
As for other on-demand content, enjoy older content like Seinfeld, Bridesmaids, I Love Lucy, The Golden Girls, and Boyz n the Hood.
The only downside to Hulu is the library isn’t nearly as big as Netflix's. To compare, Netflix has about 5,800 movies and TV shows while Hulu has just over 4,000. But it comes with the price because Hulu is a few dollars less than Netflix.
Or hey, just jump on that Netflix-Hulu bandwagon like the rest of us.
Does Hulu have sports?
But like all on-demand streaming services, Hulu doesn’t have live sports. You’ll have to get a live TV streaming service for that.
Hulu +Live TV is actually one of the best live TV streaming services for sports with 14 sports channels like ESPN, FS1, CBS Sports Network, and the SEC Network.
But of course you’re probably just interested in Hulu, the on-demand service, so it’s worth mentioning that Hulu actually has a sports genre. So you can enjoy movies such as The Fighter and TV shows like WWE Monday Night Raw without cable TV.
And if you go for the ESPN+/Disney+ bundle, ESPN+ will give you access to all 30 for 30 movies and the new series Man In the Arena: Tom Brady. Find out more about ESPN+ in our detailed review.
Does Hulu have kids content?
Parents, grandparents, babysitters, or those who have nieces and nephews, will also love Hulu. When you need to distract your little ones while you’re working or taking a phone call, just turn on Hulu.
They’ll have movies like Storks and Rio, educational series like Sesame Street and Doc McStuffins, and classic cartoons such as Rugrats and The Power Puff Girls.
Hulu also lets you create a kids profile, so your children will only be able to watch content that’s appropriate for kids up to age 12. This comes in handy when you mindlessly hand your cell phone to your little one while you’re busy making dinner.
This is why we named Hulu as one of the best streaming services for kids.
Which devices are compatible with Hulu?
You and your kids can watch Hulu on most devices, including the following:
- iPhones, iPads
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Apple TV (4th generation or later)
- Android TV
- Fire TV
- LG TV
- Samsung TV
- VIZIO Smartc=Cast TV
- Fire tablets
- Xbox One
- Xbox 360
- Nintendo Switch
- Playstation 3 and 4
- Xfinity Flex and X1 set-top boxes
Recap: Is Hulu worth it?
If you’re not already convinced that you should get Hulu, let us recap everything Hulu has to offer. You get lots of Hulu original content and you get lots of older on-demand content, both of which get updated quite often. You’ll have something new to watch every single month.
You get all of this for about $7 to $13, or you can choose to bundle with ESPN+ and Disney+ by adding just $7 extra to your monthly bill. You’d be crazy not to.
And lastly, everyone in the family, including the kids, will have something to watch whether you’re waiting at the DMV, riding on the train to work, or simply having a few kick back hours at home.
With the bundle, enjoy all the Hulu content; Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars content with Disney+; and live events and sports news with ESPN+. We know we have.