Ever since YouTube TV announced it was raising the prices on its live TV streaming service in July, many have seen Hulu + Live TV as a more affordable option. But as of December 18, that will no longer be the case. Hulu has announced it will be raising the price of the base Hulu + Live TV service from $55 per month to $65 per month, while its Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV subscriptions will jump from $61 per month to $71 per month.
Unlike some previous price increases, this change does not come with any new channels or service enhancements. The price increases only affect the Live TV plans, not Hulu’s on-demand-only subscriptions.
Prices for all
T-Mobile recently launched T-Vision, its live TV streaming service that (for now) is restricted to existing T-Mobile subscribers. T-Vision’s most expensive package, with 66 channels, is $60 per month. Meanwhile, prepaid satellite service Orby TV offers a bundle of 70 channels for just $50 — a good deal as long as you don’t watch a lot of sports.
With so many companies seeking to disrupt what’s left of cable and satellite’s hold on the TV viewer, the real question is will Netflix continue to be content as the number one alternative to live TV channels, or will it seek to assert itself into linear TV too?
If that seems far-fetched, take a look at what the company is doing in France: A new experimental service called Direct appears to be a fishing expedition of sorts, to see just how much appetite there is for a Netflix-run live TV service.
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