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These 6 Live TV Services Are All Cheaper Than Hulu Live TV


Hulu Live TV cost price

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to Hulu Live TV, there are plenty of options available, including the six listed in this guide.

Before considering a cheaper alternative, it is worth keeping in mind that consumers won’t be getting a like-for-like replacement. Depending on the streaming services that a home wants access to throughout the year, it may actually be cheaper to stick with Hulu Live TV.

Not only does a $69.99 per month ($76.99 from October 2023) Hulu Live TV subscription unlock access to a variety of live TV channels, but it also includes access to basic Hulu, Disney Plus and ESPN Plus. These three services as a standalone bundle cost a minimum of $12.99 per month ($14.99 from October 2023), and that’s an additional charge homes would have to pay on top of the cost of a different live TV service.

Of course, if those additional subscriptions are not wanted or needed, consumers may find they get a better price, or a more suitable selection of channels, with a different live TV provider.

Services cheaper than Hulu Live TV

The six streaming services listed below all provide access to live TV channels, and all of them are cheaper each month than Hulu Live TV.

Note: This guide has been updated to reflect Hulu’s October 2023 price increase, so the services listed below all offer access to live TV plans that are cheaper than $76.99/month.

ServiceCost p/m
DirecTV Stream$74.99
YouTube TV$72.99
Sling TV$40
Frndly TV$6.99

DirecTV Stream is $2 cheaper than Hulu

DirecTV Stream is $2 cheaper than the $76.99 a month price Hulu Live TV subscribers will be paying from October 2023. While DirecTV Stream offers more than one plan to choose from, the Entertainment package is the only one that’s cheaper than Hulu.

DirecTV Stream
Directv stream live guide$80+
75+ channels
20 streams (at home)
Unlimited DVR
5 Days Free

For $74.99 a month, Entertainment subscribers get access to more than 75 live TV channels (15 fewer than Hulu Live TV), the ability to stream on up to 20 devices at the same time (when at home), and an unlimited cloud DVR for recordings.

One of the downsides with DirecTV Stream’s Entertainment plan is that it doesn’t include access to any RSNs. If regional sports are important to you, then you will need to opt for one of the other DirecTV Stream plans, and all of the others cost more than Hulu Live TV.

Related: DirecTV Stream Review

YouTube TV is $4 cheaper than Hulu

YouTube TV live TV guide with clock
YouTube TV live guide

YouTube TV is one of the best live TV streaming services around and its base subscription costs $4 less than Hulu Live TV. The price of the base plan is $72.99 a month and subscribers get access to more than 100 channels (10+ more than Hulu).

YouTube TV
YouTube TV live guide listings$73 a month
100+ channels
3 streams
Unlimited DVR
$58/mo for 3 months

YouTube TV also provides access to an unlimited cloud DVR. While Hulu Live TV subscribers do get an unlimited DVR, YouTube TV offers a more personalized experience, as each subaccount gets access to its own DVR, making it a better option for families and any homes where a single account is shared between multiple people.

One of the downsides with YouTube TV, and the DVR in particular, is that it is not possible to manually delete recordings from the library. Of course, how much of an issue this will be, will depend on how often you record content.

Related: YouTube TV Review

Vidgo is $7 cheaper than Hulu

Vidgo live guide
Vidgo live guide

Vidgo is another live TV service that’s cheaper than Hulu live TV. While Vidgo actually offers more than one plan to choose from, the Plus plan is the only one that’s currently cheaper than Hulu, offering a saving of around $7 each month.

Vidgo live TV guide$69.99+ a month
110+ channels
3 streams
20 hours DVR
Sign up

Vidgo’s Plus plan unlocks access to more than 100 channels for just $69.99 a month, and the lineup might prove particularly appealing to homes looking for a service that provides access to live sports.

One of the major limitations of Vidgo, is the DVR. At present, a DVR is only included for free with the Plus plan for the first three months, and is limited to just 20 hours. If the option to record movies, shows, and live sports is important, Vidgo might not be the best alternative to Hulu Live TV.

Related: Vidgo Review

Sling TV is $37 cheaper than Hulu

Sling tv new app
Sling TV live guide

Sling TV has made its name as an affordable service, and with plans starting at just $40 per month, it is around $37 cheaper than Hulu Live TV. Sling actually offers two different live TV plans, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, and both are priced at $40 per month each.

Sling Blue
Sling TV new app
40 channels
3 streams
50 hours DVR
50% Off Your First Month

Sling also offers a combined Sling Orange & Blue plan. Priced at $55 per month, the combined plan unlocks the best of both Sling TV packages, and at $22 cheaper than Hulu Live TV.

One of the downsides with Sling TV is that the channel lineup is a little more limited. Even if opting for the combined Sling Orange & Blue plan, subscribers still get fewer channels than they would with Hulu Live TV. Sling does offer a number of add-ons to further improve the channel selection, but these cost extra each month, further closing any price advantage Sling has over Hulu.

Related: Sling TV Review

Philo is $52 cheaper than Hulu

Philo Live TV guide
Philo live guide

Philo is currently one of the cheapest live TV services around, making it a good option for homes looking for an affordable live TV plan. Philo costs $25 a month and not only offers access to more than 60 live TV channels (including A&E, Hallmark, and Lifetime) but it also includes access to an unlimited cloud DVR.

Philo Live TV guide$28/month
70+ channels
Unlimited DVR
7-day Free Trial

In spite of the cheap price, Philo might not be the best option for all homes. For starters, Philo is missing some channels that many households may find too important to lose. For sports fans, Philo isn’t going to be the best option, considering it doesn’t provide access to any dedicated sports channels or locals.

Related: Philo Review

Frndly TV is $70 cheaper than Hulu

Frndly TV channel guide
Frndly TV live guide

When it comes to the price, it is hard to find a cheaper live TV service than Frndly TV. With plans starting at just $6.99 per month, Frndly TV offers incredibly good value. In total, subscribers get access to more than 40 channels (including A&E, Hallmark, and Lifetime), making it a good option for those looking for an affordable live TV streaming service.

Frndly TV
Frndly TV GuideFrom $7.99/month
40+ channels
Up to 4 streams
Unlimited DVR (select plans)
7-day free trial

As to be expected, the channel lineup is one of the areas most impacted by the low price and some homes may find that the channel lineup is not quite varied enough for their needs. The $6.99 a month plan also doesn’t include access to a DVR.

However, the most expensive Frndly TV plan costs just $10.99 a month and does open up access to an unlimited DVR, as well as the ability to stream on up to 4 devices at the same time.

Related: Frndly TV Review

Hulu Live TV cheaper alternatives — recap

In general, Hulu Live TV is a very good live TV streaming service, and with basic Hulu, Disney Plus and ESPN Plus included in the price, Hulu offers good value overall at $76.99 a month.

However, the value is naturally going to be less for homes that don’t want or need access to these additional subscriptions. For those households, there are cheaper options available.

If wanting a similar experience and channel selection to Hulu Live TV, then DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV, and Vidgo are worth checking out. If looking for access to many, but not all, of the same channels, Sling TV is also a good option to consider.

For those simply looking to save as much as possible on live TV each month, Philo and Frndly TV might be worth considering first.

John Finn


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