Hulu with Live TV will give its users unlimited DVR at no extra cost starting next month — a feature that will allow it to compete more directly with rival YouTube TV.
The feature will apply to all Hulu with Live TV subscriptions starting April 13, and will support up to nine months of playback and fast-forwarding (the same save period supported by YouTube TV). Previously, Hulu with Live TV supported up to 50 hours of DVR storage, but could upgrade to 200 hours of storage via add-ons that ranged in price from $10 per month to $15 per month.
Customers who opted for add-on packages that supported additional DVR space will no longer be charged for the added storage space as of April 13.
Unlimited DVR space has long been one of the most attractive features of YouTube TV, and the addition to Hulu with Live TV is one of the few recent changes to the service that will help Hulu with Live TV stay competitive in the pay TV market. room. Last December, Hulu with Live TV increased its base tier to $70 per month from $65 per month — the price of YouTube TV — but bundled in Disney Plus and ESPN Plus at no additional cost.
Hulu with Live TV offers more than 80 channels, while YouTube TV has more than 100 in the basic plan. While Hulu with Live TV is a bit more expensive, the whim of the paid DVR subscriptions and adding two separate services that cost $15 between the two adds a ton of value for households, especially for families.
“Using a single subscription, users get access to 80+ live channels — including all major broadcast networks — as well as Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+ and soon Unlimited DVR,” Hulu president Joe Earley said in a statement. “Guided by our relentless focus on delivering a high-quality user experience to consumers, we will be one of the few pay TV providers – traditional or streaming – to offer this feature as part of the basic plan at no additional cost.”