Hulu with Live TV will begin offering free unlimited DVR to its subscribers next month – a feature that will enable it to compete more directly with cord-cutting competitor YouTube TV.
Beginning April 13th, the feature will be available to all Hulu with Live TV subscribers. It will enable viewing and fast-forwarding on recordings for up to nine months (the same storage period supported by YouTube TV). Previously, Hulu with Live TV offered up to 50 hours of DVR storage, but users could upgrade to 200 hours of storage for a monthly fee of $10 to $15.
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What Does The DVR Pacakge Include?
Beginning April 13th, customers who selected add-on packages that included more DVR storage will no longer be charged for the additional storage.
Unlimited DVR storage has long been one of YouTube TV's most enticing features, and its inclusion in Hulu with Live TV is one of several recent adjustments that have helped Hulu with Live TV maintain its competitive edge in the pay-TV industry. Hulu with Live TV increased its basic package to $70 per month in December from $65 per month — the same price as YouTube TV — but included Disney Plus and ESPN Plus at no extra cost.
Hulu with Live TV has more than 80 channels, while YouTube TV includes more than 100. While Hulu with Live TV is somewhat more costly, eliminating its premium DVR options and replacing them with two distinct $15 packages offers a tonne of value for homes, especially families.
The Purpose of The Package
"With a single subscription, consumers have access to more than 80 live channels — including all primary broadcast networks — as well as Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+, and, shortly, Unlimited DVR," Hulu President Joe Earley said in a statement.
"Guided by our unwavering commitment to provide a superior customer experience, we will be one of the few pay-TV providers — conventional or streaming — to include this function in the basic package at no extra cost."
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