We’ve given Hulu’s new TV streaming service a spin. There was a lot to like, including an easy-to-use interface and a fairly robust channel lineup. But we found the service to have a not-quite-finished feel, perhaps not surprising since Hulu says this is a beta version.
Hulu TV is available nationally. It offers about 50 channels, plus a cloud DVR service for recording shows and storing them online, all for $40 a month. You’ll also get on-demand content from Hulu’s current streaming service, with the option of paying a bit more for a commercial-free option.
Right now, Hulu TV includes live content from the four major broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC—but only in a handful of major markets. The company says that live broadcast programming from local affiliates in other markets will be available later this year. Hulu TV also has a nice representation of cable channels, including A&E, Bravo, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Disney, E!, Food Network, FX, HGTV, and Travel Channel. You also get History Channel, National Geographic, plus news channels such as CNN, CNBC, and Fox News.
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