Nearly one year after Hulu revealed plans to sell a bundle of TV channels, it’s finally here.

The Hulu Live TV bundle is now available to everyone, though Hulu is calling it a paid public beta. The service costs $40 per month for more than 50 channels, and it includes access to Hulu’s ad-supported on-demand service. Hulu is charging extra for certain features, however, such as more cloud DVR storage and ad-skipping.

Read on for all the details on the new Hulu bundle.

Hulu channels at a glance

Instead of offering a base package with add-ons, like Sling TV, or several bundle tiers, like DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue, Hulu’s channel lineup is one-size-fits-all, with a long list of channels from seven major TV networks. That list includes ESPN channels from The Walt Disney Company, regional sports from Fox and Comcast, the big three cable news networks, and prime-time content from the major broadcast networks. (A full channel list is at the bottom of this story.)


Hulu will offer plenty of sports (and a dashboard for favorite teams).

The notable omissions? AMC, Viacom, and Discovery networks. That means no The Walking Dead, no Comedy Central, and no Animal Planet.

If you’ve been paying attention to other streaming bundles, you know the drill for live local broadcasts: All four are available in a small number of markets—Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco—where the stations are all network-owned and operated. Some cities have a partial set of locals, Hulu is working on deals with affiliate stations to offer local coverage in more markets. You can plug in a zip code on Hulu’s sign-up page to see what’s available in your area.

DVR details

DVR is included in the $40-per-month plan, but with a catch: You can save only 50 hours of programming, and you can’t skip through ads. (Mandatory ads are also part of YouTube TV’s cloud DVR service.) Hulu hasn’t said whether recordings have a time limit, like PlayStation Vue (28 days) or YouTube TV (9 months).

For an extra $15 per month, Hulu is offering “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” with 200 hours of recording time and the ability to fast forward through commercials. The company also mentions being able to auto-record any favorite show or sports game with this feature.

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