There's no question Hulu Plus Live TV is one of the most popular streaming services on the market, offering a great alternative to cable or satellite. But is Hulu good for sports? The answer is a resounding yes.
You can stream a wide array of live sports on the more than 65 channels that come with the Hulu Plus Live TV $55-per-month base package. Plus, the majority of NFL games air on CBS, Fox, and NBC, and Hulu is one of the few streaming services that include the local broadcast channels in most markets.
Read on to learn more about Hulu's sports options.
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Below is a table of many of the sports channels you may be interested in, showing how Hulu stacks up against other streaming services.
Hulu Plus Live TV includes most of the major sports channels. Both YouTube TV and fuboTV offer more sports channels than Hulu, but those services cost $10 a month more than Hulu Plus Live TV. All three of the other services — Sling TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV — offer sports bundles that can cost up to $15 extra. You'll need to add these bundles to get some of the specialty sports channels, bringing the costs of these services up even more.
Hulu Plus Live TV keeps it simple. For the flat rate of $55 per month, you get more than 65 channels, including almost 20 channels that are great for watching sports of all kinds. You can also sign up for the Disney Bundle, which adds Disney+ and ESPN+ to your package for an extra $7 per month. With ESPN+, you'll be able to watch thousands of sporting events either live or from the ESPN archive. This includes games from the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, English Premier League and more. You'll also be able to watch original ESPN programming, like Peyton's Places and the entire 30 for 30 library. Additionally, you'll find tools to help you with your fantasy teams, and you'll have access to the premium content on ESPN's website.
Hulu Plus Live TV is definitely a good option for sports fans, particularly if you don't want to spend a lot of money; Hulu's rate of $55 a month is less than Sling TV's rate with the added sports bundle, and less than the basic YouTube TV and fuboTV rates.
Hulu's NFL options will let you watch the majority of professional football games. Since most games appear on CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN — channels included in the Hulu Plus Live TV package — most fans will be able to watch games in their broadcast area. However, there is no Hulu Live NFL Network availability. It is also worth noting that Hulu Plus Live TV plans no longer include any of Fox's regional sports networks (RSNs).
When it comes to professional basketball, Hulu's NBA options are decent; most games are shown on ESPN or TNT, and both channels are in Hulu Plus Live TV's package. However, you won't have access to NBA TV or NBA League Pass.
Hulu's MLB options are a bit more limited. Many Major League Baseball games broadcast on regional sports networks, and these are not included in the Hulu Plus Live TV package. You also won't have access to MLB Network. However, you'll be able to watch nationally broadcast games on ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, or TBS.
With Hulu Plus Live TV, you will be able to watch most major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, the World Series, the U.S. Open, the Tour de France, the Wimbledon Championships, the NASCAR Cup Series.
Additionally, Hulu Plus Live TV comes with a 50-hour cloud DVR. So if there are two games on at the same time, you can record one while you watch the other one in real time. You can also stream on two devices at the same time, allowing you to watch one game on your TV and another game on your tablet, so you don't miss a moment of live action.
Hulu Plus Live TV is a great option for watching sports, offering the best all-around streaming value since it's also one of the best options for entertainment and news programming. In addition to more than 65 live channels, Hulu Plus Live TV comes with Hulu's massive on-demand library that includes more than 80,000 movies and TV episodes. Hulu has the largest streaming library in the industry, so when the games have ended for the day, you'll have no problem finding your favorite shows.
However, if you're interested in checking out the other services, all of them — Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV — offer free trials so you can test your sports viewing options at no charge. Sling TV's free trial lasts only three days, and since Sling TV does not include local broadcast networks, you'd need to connect your TV to an HD antenna. As a result, the quality of your connection will depend on how far you are from the network's transmission dish and how many trees or buildings may be in the way. Hulu Plus Live TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV each offer a free seven-day trial so you can test your sports viewing options at no charge.