Hulu’s highly anticipated live streaming television service should launch no later than mid-May. That’s according to a new report from TechCrunch.
A cloud DVR add-on
While the launch timeframe seems to be mostly set, the pricing details are still in flux. Here’s more from the report:
Hulu hasn’t officially confirmed pricing for its live TV service, having only said that it would be available for “under $40” per month. However, we heard from sources that it’s a $39.99 per month price point that Hulu is considering for its launch. The company is still trying to lower that further, but this is the number that’s floating around internally.
Also not entirely set in stone are prices for the upgrade add-ons, like unlimited streaming, a cloud DVR or a bundle of both. Sources familiar with the matter at Hulu confirmed earlier that an “under $20” bundle combining both unlimited streams and a cloud DVR was in the works. The core service will also offer some recording time – we’ve heard 50 hours – but users would not be able to fast-forward through ads or access expanded storage (up to 200 hours) if they didn’t upgrade to the DVR feature. (The DVR may be sold separately at $14.99, we’ve also heard. But we understand this pricing is not finalized, either.)
Hulu will be jumping into a market with a growing number of competitors including Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. But with a number of standout features, including content from CBS, it looks to be an interesting choice. We’ll definitely keep you updated.
If you’re interested in learning more about the service, take a look at our detailed roundup of what to expect.
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