Hulu recently confirmed the imminent launch of its live TV streaming service, and now new details are leaking out about different pricing tiers for the service.
According to Cord Cutter News, which obtained a survey Hulu is sending out to select subscribers, the basic package will start at $35 and will allow streaming to only one in-home device or mobile device. A $50 option allows for streaming to multiple devices.
Both plans will include 20 hours of DVR storage and either live or on-demand access to ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS -- which is notable because CBS has yet to be mentioned along with the other big networks in early reports about content deals for the new service.
It appears that around 80 channels -- including AMC, ESPN, TBS, TNT and USA -- will be included with the $35 package.
Of course, as the report points out, Hulu's live TV service is still several months away from launch and so pricing, channel availability and features could still change. But if Hulu's live TV service ends up looking like what's detailed in the survey when it officially launches, it could provide an interesting competitor for established live streaming TV services like Dish Network's Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.
Sling TV's base package starts at $20, well below the reported Hulu base price, but it only includes 27 channels. PlayStation Vue's most basic package, the Access Slim, starts at $30 and includes more than 55 channels. But for $35, PlayStation Vue subscribers can move up to the Core Slim package that includes more than 70 channels.
Sling TV currently supports a single stream service. But a multi-stream package -- with a slightly different channel lineup than the basic package -- is currently in beta and priced at the same $20. A single PlayStation Vue account can be used simultaneously on a PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vue Mobile on iOS and the PlayStation Vue app on Fire TV can also be streamed with up to five devices supported at once.
Hulu's live service, as reported by Cord Cutter News, currently limits its packages to one in-home and/or one mobile device for viewing but, according to the report, $15 per month will give Hulu subscribers the ability to simultaneously watch on an unlimited amount of in-home devices and up to three mobile devices.
Like Sling TV, Hulu's live service will reportedly sell HBO as a $15 add-on and Cinemax as a $10 add-on. Hulu's service also appears to offer Showtime, Starz/Encore and WWE as $10 add-ons. PlayStation Vue sells Showtime as a slightly more expensive $11 add-on ($9 for PlayStation Plus members) alongside an add-on package including both Showtime and Epix for $14 ($11.50 for PlayStation Plus members.)
Sling TV only offers live ABC in select markets and PlayStation Vue offers local channel access in only select markets.
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