Best live TV streaming service 2022: Cut the cord

Hulu with Live TV

A stellar combination live TV and VoD

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Hulu with Live TV’s big selling point is it’s the one service that combines both live TV and VoD. Besides great original content, such as exclusive titles like Only Murders in the Building, it also has a large catalog of on-demand shows and movies. On top of that, you get over 65 live and on-demand channels.

Its channel selection has some blanks in it. Some favorites, such as the AMC, the CW, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and VH1, are only available in extra-price add-ons. On the other hand, basic sports are well-covered with the ESPN and Fox sports networks. Like most of the other services, it gives you access to local ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC channels in most areas. You don’t, however, get your local PBS station.

That said, Hulu with Live TV now comes in a bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN Plus for $70 per month. If you like Marvel, Disney, Pixar, or Star Wars — everyone on the planet must like at least one of those — this is a very attractive deal. Except for when it’s Big 12 Basketball season, I don’t find ESPN Plus that interesting. NHL and MLS fans, however, will find a lot to like.

Hulu with Live TV’s interface and performance has been consistently improving over the years. Today, I find it the easiest live TV service to use. And as of April 13, 2022, all Hulu with Live TV customers will have an unlimited DVR which includes fast forward for no extra charge.

For another $10 per month, you can play as many streams as you want at once (without the add-on, you can stream two). But, unlike the other services, you can’t easily stream outside your home. As Hulu puts it, “Our Live TV plans are intended for single-home use.” You can stream away from home on your smartphone, but if you try to stream on your dad’s Roku, you’ll find it won’t work.

Finally, if all you want is Hulu VoD streaming, it’s still available. The cheapest version of the ad-supported streaming library is only $7 per month. The no-ads version is also available for $13.

I wish Hulu with Live TV had more channels. But, on the other hand, I like that it only has one simple package, and that combination includes Disney. So, all-in-all, I can highly recommend Hulu with Live TV for most people.

Pros:

  • Hulu with Live TV now comes in a bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN Plus for $70 per month
  • An unlimited DVR which includes fast forward for no extra charge
  • Large catalog of on-demand shows and movies

Cons:

  • AMC, the CW, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and VH, are only available in extra-price add-ons
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