Hulu

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.

But that's also just scratching the surface of what Hulu has these days. And these days it also has live TV available, with some local channels, and some regional sports.

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

  • Hulu with commercials ($7.99): 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 ($39.99): 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 ($43.99): And, finally, we've got the full smash. All of Hulu's library — without the commercials — plus all of its live channels, which will still have commercials.

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 ($8.99), Showtime ($9.99) and HBO ($14.99), you can snag an enhanced DVR service for $14.99 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 $14.99.

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