Hulu is likely to charge $39.99 a month for its live streaming service which is expected to launch sometime this spring, reports Tech Crunch, quoting sources “with knowledge of Hulu’s plans.”
The site says the price, which would be a higher minimum price than offered now by most of its streaming rivals, could be lowered, but it’s not likely. A Hulu spokesperson would not comment on the pricing, Tech Crunch writes.
DIRECTV Now’s least expensive plan is $35 a month for roughly 60 channels while Sling TV offers a plan for $20 a month for 30 channels. Sony’s PlayStation Vue charges $29.99 for more than 40 channels and the new YouTube TV offers more than 40 live channels for $35 a month.
Layer3 TV, another live streaming service available in just a handful of markets, starts at $89 a month, although it does have a three-month promotional price of $44.50.
While Hulu’s $39.99 a month minimum would be more expensive than most, Tech Crunch says the plan would include access to the company’s original programming now found on its $7.99-a-month (and $11.99) subscription Video on Demand plans as well as other On-Demand content.
Tech Crunch notes that current Hulu subscribers who pay $7.99 a month for the On-Demand service would only have to pay an extra $32 a month to add the live service.
Hulu’s live streaming plan, and On-Demand content, would include ads. |
— Phillip Swann