Good news for Hulu subscribers: now you can see their app in Roku’s streaming devices. Though Roku is still the most popular media streaming device at home, Amazon Fire TV is now in competition. The service will be available from Tuesday (date?), and Roku owners with compatible devices can subscribe to Roku’s live TV streaming service. The new Hulu service is accessible in some Roku devices with the Live TV beta, and they are working towards support for some other Roku models in the future.
The app with live TV is available on the Premiere and Expresses devices, the 3600 Streaming Stick, all the Roku smart TVs, Roku 3 and 4, as well as the Roku Ultra. Roku appears to be a key platform for Hulu in general. As one of the top streaming devices in the U.S., it has lots of potential. Also, other live TV services like Sling TV, DirecTV, and PlayStation Vue already support the Roku.
On the downside, older models like the Roku LT are not supported, though this could change. Hulu didn’t mention anything about which older models they might support in future. It’s a good growth indicator for the Hulu service, but not everyone is satisfied. PlayStation 4 owners in particular are missing access to the new service.
If you compare the cost for other options, Hulu service starts at $40 per month, more than Sling TV’s $20/month fee, or YouTube TV’s new $35/month service. This could be even more if you choose to upgrade from the 50-hour included DVR to the 200-hour one, or add unlimited in-home concurrent streams.
Roku also offers access to over 50 cable TV channels, including sports and news networks like ESPN, Fox Sports, Turner, CNN, CNBC, and Fox News. Users also have the option to upgrade their DVR to include more storage, or add on premium channels like HBO, Showtime, or Cinemax.
The service is now live on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV devices, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS, Android mobile devices, and Chromecast. There should be more devices in future according to Hulu. Hulu has merged its Live TV app with its main Hulu app on mobile, as it prepares to make the restored interface the default for all users.