How to Use Hulu's DVR Feature

The ins and outs of Hulu's Cloud DVR

If you're already enjoying watching live TV on Hulu, you can take your enjoyment to the next level by adding Hulu's Cloud DVR service to your subscription. With it, you can record Hulu Live TV, so that you never miss important sports or other live events, and don't have to wait for your favorite shows to get added to Hulu days after their air live. Here's what you need to know about the Hulu DVR.

The screenshots in this article are from the Hulu website, but these tips work on all devices that support Hulu, as well.

What You Need to Use Hulu Cloud DVR

To use Hulu Cloud DVR, you need the following things:

The standard Hulu DVR subscription includes storage for up to 50 hours of live TV. The Enhanced Cloud DVR option ups your limit to 200 hours, lets you skip ads, doesn't limit the number of simultaneous shows you can record, and lets you stream your recordings to other devices. Some Enhanced Cloud DVR packages also add Hulu No Ads to block all ads from the service.

How to Use Hulu Cloud DVR

Once you've met all the requirements for using Hulu Cloud DVR, here's how to record shows, manage your recordings, and more. To record a single episode, or all episodes of a series, follow these steps:

  1. Search or browse to find the show you want to record to your Cloud DVR.

    Screenshot of the Hulu homepage
  2. Click on the show to go to its detail page.

    If your browsed to find the show, you can skip a few steps. Click the show's vertical three-dot icon and skip to step 4.

  3. Click the + icon to add the show to My Stuff.

    Screenshot of a Hulu series detail page.
  4. When you do this, the record button appears next to the My Stuff checkmark. Click the record button.

    Screenshot of the Hulu series detail page with the Record option visible.
  5. Choose what you want to record:

    • Do not record: Use this option if you've already been recording the show and want to stop.
    • New episodes only: Choose this if you only want new episodes that are being aired for the first time to be recored.
    • New & reruns: Love a show so much you want to be able to watch all of its reruns and new episodes? Choose this option.
    Screenshot of the Hulu Cloud DVR recording options.

How to Use Hulu Cloud DVR to Record Live TV

Recording live TV is pretty similar, but with one or two different steps. Here's what to do:

  1. Click Live TV to go to the live TV channel guide.

    Screenshot of the Hulu homepage.
  2. Browse the guide until you find a show you want to record to your Cloud DVR. Click the show.

    Screenshot of the Hulu Live TV channel guide.
  3. In the pop-up window, click the record icon. The record icon changes to red to indicate that the show is being recorded.

    Screenshot fo recording a show to the Hulu Cloud DVR from the channel guide.
  4. If you return to the Live TV channel guide, any show you're recording will be marked with a red record icon.

    Screenshot of the Hulu Live TV channel guide with some shows set to record to DVR.

How to Stop Recording Shows with Hulu Cloud DVR

To stop recording a series you previously chose to record with the Hulu Cloud DVR, follow these steps:

  1. Find the show you want to stop recording. It could be in My Stuff, if you added the show there, or it could be in the Live TV channel guide (if so, skip to step 3).

    Screenshot of the Hulu Live TV channel guide with some shows set to record to DVR
  2. From the My Stuff page, click the show to get its detail page.

    Screenshot of the Hulu My Stuff page
  3. Click the active recoding icon.

    Screenshot of the Hulu series detail page with the Record option visible.
  4. Depending on what part of Hulu you're in, you'll see a different pop up.

    • My Stuff Detail Page: Select Do not record and then click Save.
    • Live TV Channel Guide: Click the record icon again. A tooltip will let you know you're choosing to Stop Recording.
    Screenshot of stopping Cloud DVR recording at Hulu.

The instructions above only work for series that you choose to record ahead of time. If you record Live TV using the steps from the last section, you can only delete the recording. You can't stop a recording that's currently in progress.

How to Delete Recordings in Hulu Cloud DVR

Need to free up space in your Hulu Cloud DVR to record new shows? Here's how to delete the old ones:

  1. Click My Stuff.

    Screenshot of the Hulu homepage.
  2. Click Manage DVR.

    Screenshot of the Hulu My Stuff page.
  3. In the pop-up window that shows how much space you've used and what you have left, find the show you want to delete.

  4. Click the - icon for the show you want to delete.

    Screenshot of the Hulu Manage DVR screen.
  5. Click Remove.

    Screenshot of the Hulu Manage DVR screen.
  6. Confirm the deletion and remove the show from your Cloud DVR by clicking Delete.

    Screenshot of the Hulu Manage DVR screen.