TV watchers are about to get a new live streaming television experience in the month of May.
TechCruch claims to have seen internal communications from Hulu citing the “first week of May” as the likely launch date for its new live TV service.
The streaming service is now beta testing, which could mean the launch date gets moved slightly as the company works out final kinks in the system.
But May is the most likely target, according to numerous sources checked by TechCrunch.
How much will Hulu TV cost and what does it offer?
As for price point, TechCrunch is reporting that $39.99 is the likely opening price.
The basic package reportedly includes 50 hour of cloud DVR capability, plus the traditional on-demand subscription you would otherwise pay Hulu $8 a month for as a standalone service.
Among the channels on tap are broadcast stations like CBS, ABC and Fox.
Cable channels include A&E, History, Lifetime, LMN, FYI, Viceland, Disney Channel, Disney Jr., Disney XD, FreeForm, Fox News, Fox Business, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang, Pop and Turner Classic Movies.
Meanwhile, the service will also include alerts when live sports events are at a noteworthy point, such as when a game is coming down to its last few minutes. This feature will also be used to alert you to breaking news broadcasts and expiration dates for Hulu’s on-demand service down the road.
Finally, there is talk of an “under $20” bundle that offers limited DVR capability and no ability to fast forward through ads, according to TechCrunch.
When you consider the average household pays $103.10 a month for pay TV service, that’s a real deal!
Budget consumers will have to keep their fingers crossed and see if the under $20 bundle materializes.