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7 Live TV Services Cheaper Than Hulu





Hulu is hiking prices on its live TV services.

Beginning Dec. 18, the monthly price of the Hulu + Live TV plan will jump $10, to $64.99. The cost of the Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV plan also will jump $10, to $70.99. It will be the second consecutive December that Hulu has raised prices.

The cost of Hulu’s other plans, which do not include live TV, remain the same at this time:

  • Hulu plan: $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year
  • Hulu (No Ads) plan: $11.99 per month
  • Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ bundle: $12.99 per month





Millions of people cut the cord to save money on their TV service. But as we reported this year, many streaming services are increasing their prices — and some appear to be offering less bang for the buck.

If you are fed up with such high prices, vote with your remote by switching to another, cheaper service. The following all offer packages that include live TV but cost less than Hulu’s live plans — as well as YouTube TV, which raised its price this summer:

  • 3 TVision Live plans: T-Mobile’s new TVision service offers three plans with live TV. Ranging in price from $40 to $60 per month, all three cost less than Hulu’s live plans. For more, check out “New TV Service Starts at $10 Per Month.”
  • 2 Sling TV plans: Sling offers two plans, and both cost just $30 each. Sling Orange includes more than 30 channels, while Sling Blue includes more than 40 channels.
  • Philo: Philo offers a plan that costs $20 monthly for more than 60 channels.
  • Redbox Free Live TV: Redbox offers a limited number of live stations for the best price of all — free. To find out more, read “Redbox Debuts a Free Streaming TV Service.”

Before you dump Hulu for one of these other services, be sure to check out the channel lineup of each option you are considering. As you probably expect, you largely get what you pay for — that means the cheaper services often do not offer as robust a selection of programming as Hulu’s live TV plans.

For help with that process, check out “This Search Engine Helps Cord-Cutters Find Their Favorite Shows.”

For more streaming news, check out Money Talks News’ latest articles about TV services.

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