Hulu: A Great Source for Streaming Movies and TV

Use Hulu for online movies and streaming TV shows

Hulu is a streaming content website where you can watch online movies as well as TV shows. Many people use Hulu as a streaming content provider after ditching their cable service or as a supplement to their current cable or satellite subscription.

Hulu used to have some free content but they don't offer that anymore. If you're still looking for free movies and shows, check out these free streaming movie websites and free streaming TV websites.

Subscribing to Hulu

Hulu plan options

As of November 2019, a Hulu subscription starts at $6/month if you choose to watch limited commercials, or you can go with the $12/month option for no commercials. There are free 1-month trials available for both of these plans.

After signing up, you have the option of adding an HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and/or STARZ subscription to your Hulu account for an additional monthly fee. These can be included in the trial, too, so they're free during the duration of the trial period if you choose to add them to your plan.

For example, if you select the $12 Hulu plan with no ads, you can add Showtime and Cinemax for a combined new total of around $33 /month.

Your subscription gets you unlimited access to all of Hulu's content that includes full series of TV shows, movies, and Hulu Originals. You can cancel or switch your plans at any time.

Hulu With Live TV

Hulu Live TV plan

Hulu also has a plan called Hulu With Live TV which lets you stream dozens of live and on-demand channels in addition to having access to their full library of content.

The channels you get depend on your location. Through that link above, click View all channels in your area to learn more.

This plan can be had for free for a week, but then it costs $40 a month. At that price, it includes 50 hours of cloud DVR and support for watching from two screens simultaneously.

The Hulu + Live TV plan will run $45 /month starting February 26, 2019.

You can pay more for what's called Enhanced Cloud DVR to get 200 hours of DVR plus commercial fast-forwarding and other features. Unlimited Screens is another option that, as you'd guess, lets you watch Hulu on an unlimited number of screens while at home and three screens when streaming from outside devices.

There are also premium add-ons you can pay for to add news, entertainment, lifestyle, and Spanish programming.

Hulu's Streaming Movies and TV Shows

Hulu genre options

Hulu has lots of genres to help you find specific movies and shows, such as Action, Crime, Late Night, Latino, Horror, Comedy, News, Classics, Sports, Cooking & Food, Thriller, Teen, LGBTQ, Science & Technology, Adult Animation, Sitcom, and Reality.

If you don't want to spend time browsing through a genre at Hulu, you can view the movies and shows by what's most popular, the newly added titles, Hulu originals, and other fun categories.

Hulu also has some collections available like For the Family, Exclusively on Hulu, Critically Acclaimed, Terrifying TV, and 90s Binge. This is a really fun way to get to know the content that you may have normally passed up.

Yet another method for finding what to watch on Hulu is through the Networks page. It's there that you can browse by the channels you're subscribing to, such as any premium add-ons and categories for kids, news, and channels like CNN, A&E, BBC America, Bravo, Cartoon Network, ABC News, and Discovery.

Hulu's Video Player

Hulu's video player lets you do all the normal player functions including watching the video full-screen. There are some additional features here though including a 10-second rewind button, an option to lower the page's background lights, and a button to pop out the video into its own window for fewer distractions.

The service isn't only available from your browser but also through Apple and Android devices, Roku, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, Samsung and LG devices, and Nintendo Switch.

Where Hulu Gets Its Movies and TV Shows

It's important to know how to tell if a movie streaming site is legal and not infringing on copyrights. Fortunately, Hulu is 100 percent legal.

Hulu has a partnership with hundreds of content companies where it gets its TV shows. They include FOX, ABC, The CW, NBC, A&E Networks, BBC, MTV Networks, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, National Geographic, Sony Pictures, and Time Warner.

Hulu's movies and documentaries come from Miramax and the Criterion Collection.

Requirements to View Content at Hulu

No download is required to view the movies and TV shows at Hulu. You'll need to have an internet connection and an Adobe Flash enabled computer. You must also have a broadband connection; if your connection is too slow, Hulu won't stream or might not stream smoothly. You'll typically receive an error in this circumstance.

As long as your computer is running an updated browser like Opera, Firefox, or Chrome, and your internet connection is good enough to stream other online videos like YouTube content, you can feel confident that Hulu will behave normally, too.