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Updated April 19, 2019: Hulu has changed the price of some of its add-ons.

When you think of Hulu, you think of a couple things. One is The Handmaid's Tale, of course. The other is all those random old series that are still awesome but maybe aren't available anywhere else. And that's fine. That's more than fine, actually, because there's a ton of great stuff to watch on Hulu.

And that's just the start of things, because Hulu also now has Live TV. The channels vary depending on where you live, of course, so you'll need to check with Hulu to see what's available where you are.

And do note that as of Feb. 26, Hulu's pricing has changed a bit. Its on-demand service is now less expensive, starting at $5.99 a month if you don't mind commercials. But Hulu With Live TV is going to cost you a little more.

Here's the breakdown of the plans Hulu has available. All prices are monthly:

  • Hulu with commercials ($5.99): This is the least expensive of all the Hulu plans. It's got access to the full Hulu library, with all the movies and series you've come to know and love. And it's got commercials throughout the shows.
  • Hulu with no commercials ($11.99): For four extra dollars a month (that's an additional $48 a year) you get all those movies and shows and series — and without commercials.
  • Hulu Live with commercials ($44.99): Now we're getting into the good stuff. This is the basic live TV service, and it's where cord-cutters are going to want to start.
  • Hulu Live with no commercials ($50.99): The full smash will cost you more than it's ever cost.

Note that with the change in plans in early 2019, there's no more option for Hulu With Live TV without commercials on the on-demand platform.

A few caveats here: First, a few shows will always show with commercials, no matter what. They are Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, New Girl, and How To Get Away With Murder.

Second is that these are base prices, and there are add-ons available. In addition to Cinemax ($9.99), Showtime ($10.99), STARZ ($8.99) and HBO ($14.99), you can snag an enhanced DVR service for $9.99 a month (it lets you fast forward through commercials, and gives you 200 hours of recording time), and the ability to stream on an unlimited number of screens (at home; three when you're on the road) for another $9.99.

There's also the Entertainment add-on — which includes the American Heroes Channel, CNBC World, the Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY Network, FYI, Lifetime Movies and Science Channel — for $7.99 a month. And there's a Spanish-language add-on for another $4.99 a month.

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The channels you get with Hulu Live

Channel Hulu Live
A&E X
ABC (on-demand) X
Animal Planet X
Big Ten Network X
Boomerang X
Bravo X
Cartoon Network X
CBS Sports x
Cheddar X
Cinemax (add-on) X
CNBC X
CNN X
CNN International X
Discovery Channel X
Disney Channel X
Disney Junior X
Disney XD X
E! X
ESPN X
ESPN 2 X
ESPN Bases Loaded x
ESPN Goal Line X
ESPN U X
ESPNews X
Food Network X
Fox Business X
Fox News X
Fox Sports Florida X
Fox Sports Sun X
Freeform X
FS1 X
FS2 X
FX X
FXM X
FXX X
FYI X
HBO (add-on) X
HGTV X
History X
HLN X
Investigation Discovery X
Lifetime X
Lifetime Movies X
MSNBC X
Motor Trend X
Nat Geo Wild X
National Geographic X
NBC (On demand) X
NBC Golf X
NBC SN X
Olympic Channel X
Oxygen X
Pop X
SEC Network X
Showtime (add-one) X
Smithsonian Channel X
Syfy X
TBS X
TCM X
Telemundo x
TNT X
TLC X
Travel Channel X
Tru TV X
Universal Kids X
USA X
Viceland X

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