There are more choices than ever for folks who like to watch TV but hate to pay that big cable bill every month. The latest offering for cord cutters comes from Hulu, which just launched its long-promised live TV service.
For $40 a month, you get access to more than 50 live channels plus Hulu’s extensive library of movies and TV shows. The offering is akin to conventional cable, but the bundle is “skinny,” you don’t have to sign a contract, and it can be streamed on a variety of devices.
Unlike rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime, Hulu Live offers a combination of content that, as the name implies, includes live channels, not just archived content. Subscribers can view programming from the four major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, with local live broadcast affiliate programming available in many markets. There’s also access to 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive. HBO doesn’t appear to be an option, but Showtime is available for an additional $9 a month.