Hulu brings its live TV service, separate from its independent on-demand streaming app, to PlayStation 4 consoles now that Sony’s competing PlayStation Vue pay TV service has been shut down. Hulu + Live TV, as it is called, is a $ 54.99-per-month bundle with live television broadcasts from a number of channels in addition to an ad-free standard Hulu subscription. You can also pay extra for extra channel options.
Hulu with Live TV joins YouTube TV, Google’s own pay-TV offering, as the only other option for live programming on Sony consoles. For years, Sony did not allow certain streaming services on its game consoles because it managed its own competing Vue service. But last fall, Sony announced it would leave the market and close Vue in January 2020, mainly due to the high licensing fees that pay-TV providers have to pay channel owners to stay competitive and maintain those channels.
Over time, those rising licensing fees resulted in price increases for most providers, including Hulu and YouTube. Most now cost more than $ 50 a month, which is still less than cable, but far removed from the original promise of the elusive lean bundle. Instead of raising its prices, Sony just decided to step out of the game. But by doing this, PS4 owners who may have used the game console as a media center remained without any option for a cable alternative with live programming.
That’s where Hulu and YouTube are coming in now. The Hulu option with Live TV should now appear in the main Hulu app on the PlayStation Store online here or if you search for it on the console itself.