The cost of a Hulu Live TV subscription is set to increase to $69.99 per month starting from December 21, 2021. However, unlike previous price increases, Hulu is not just upping the cost. Instead, live TV subscribers will also gain access to both Disney+ and ESPN+. Although this will mean that Hulu Live TV customers will be paying more each month, those that also subscribe to Hulu Live TV and the ‘Disney Bundle’ will actually be paying less each month.
The cost of live TV streaming services continues to be one of the major issues for consumers. Although these services started out at a low price, the costs have been continuing increasing over time. Hulu Live TV is no different. The live TV side of the service launched in 2017 and the cost of a subscription back then was just $39.99 per month.
Hulu has now confirmed that the cost of a live TV subscription will increase from the current $64.99 cost per month to $69.99. According to Hulu, the change is due to take effect on December 21, 2021. At this price, Hulu Live TV becomes more expensive than the base plans from many other live TV services, including fuboTV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. The new price will also match the cost of cheapest DirecTV Stream plan.
However, Hulu has also confirmed that Disney+ and ESPN+ subscriptions will be bundled with a live TV plan. In other words, Hulu Live TV subscribers will also be able to access Disney+ and ESPN+ without having to pay for the additional subscriptions separately. Hulu already offered the ability to combine billing for Hulu Live TV, Disney+ and ESPN+, with the price starting at $72.99 per month. Technically, this means those all-in subscribers will be paying $3 less each month for all three subscriptions.
As to be expected, the price change will also impact on the other variations of the standard Hulu Live TV plan. For example, Hulu also offers a ‘Live TV Only’ plan which comes without access to the basic Hulu subscription and costs $1 less than the normal plan. On December 21st, the price of this live TV only plan will increase from $63.99 per month to $68.99. Likewise, December 21st will also see the price of the Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV subscription increasing to $75.99 per month, up from $70.99 per month.