Hulu is a streaming video on demand service that provides users all their TV in one place. The service not only streams current and past episodes of network television shows but also it provides top-rated original programming plus plenty of movies and other programming to satisfy a wide variety of viewing needs. Users can essentially watch Hulu anywhere. They can stream content on their smart TVs or on regular TVs using streaming devices or game consoles. Plus, Hulu is available on smartphones and tablets via Android and iOS apps. Finally, through the Hulu website, users can access the content via a laptop or desktop computer.
- New TV Shows and Movies
- Original Programming
- Streaming Content
- Classic TV Shows and Movies
- Viewable on any device.
- Low monthly service cost.
- See the latest TV shows each week.
- Commercials and ads even on the highest "ad-free" subscription.
- Spotty HD availability.
- Releases original content weekly instead of an entire season at a time.
- Clunky web interface makes watching on a computer difficult.
- Rather small movie library.
For a typical monthly subscription fee, Hulu provides content with advertising interruptions that are about the length of typical broadcast TV interruptions. Users who would rather not experience these advertising interruptions can purchase ad-free service for a larger fee with the small caveat that some programs still have short ads at the beginning and end of the shows. Overall, compared with other streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, Hulu has a smaller amount of original programming, which can make it somewhat less attractive than other services. Plus, it also tends to release its programming on a weekly basis, which means users must wait until the entire season is released to binge watch the shows. However, users who want to watch network TV shows will appreciate that Hulu is the best place to legally stream these new episodes each week. Hulu certainly provides a solid choice for people who want to stream TV on demand to any device at any time. Occasionally, Hulu does not deliver HD quality streaming, which can be a problem for users who demand HD quality. The service's newest option, Hulu's Live TV, is in beta testing and offers viewers the ability to view TV live as an alternative to cable or satellite service. With a free trial that typically runs two weeks, users will be able to try out Hulu to decide if it's a good fit for their needs.