So you’re finally cutting the cord and want an on-demand streaming service. There are plenty of options, but Hulu is among the best. Should you take the plunge? How many people can watch Hulu at once? How many devices can access Hulu? In this quick guide we provide information about Hulu account sharing, the plans, simultaneous streams, add-ons, and more.
What are the plans?
Hulu currently offers four plans: Two with on-demand content only, and two with on-demand content and live TV. You can stream the basic and no-ads services on supported devices on any network in North America. Unfortunately, Hulu isn’t officially offered in other countries though there are ways around this, such as using a VPN.
Here are the plans:
- Hulu (with ads): $5.99 per month
- Hulu (no ads): $11.99 per month
- Hulu (with ads) + Live TV: $44.99 per month
- Hulu (no ads) + Live TV: $50.99 per month
What are the add-ons?
We split these up into three groups: Premium movie channels, live TV-only add-ons, and general service enhancements.
Here are the premium movie channels:
- HBO: $14.99
- Cinemax: $9.99
- Showtime: $10.99
- Starz: $8.99
- Starz + Showtime bundle: $14.99
Here are add-ons only for Hulu’s live TV service:
- Enhanced Cloud DVR: $9.99
- Unlimited screens: $9.99
- Enhanced Cloud DVR + Unlimited Screens bundle: $14.98
Here are general add-ons for all services:
You can grab any add-on through your Account page. The Live TV service includes 50 hours of basic Cloud DVR storage while the Enhanced Cloud DVR add-on increases storage to 200 hours. The add-on includes a fast-forward function to skip commercials in recordings as well.
What devices can you use to watch Hulu?
Hulu provides a list here (and copied below) split into two groups: Devices that use the latest Hulu app and those that rely on the Classic app. Note that Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles do not support live TV due to the company’s PlayStation Vue service.
Here are the devices that support the latest app:
- Android phones and tablets
- Apple TV (4th generation or later)
- Echo Show
- Fire Tablets
- Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- iPhones and iPads
- LG TV (select models)
- Nintendo Switch
- Mac and PC browsers
- PlayStation 3 (Live TV not supported)
- PlayStation 4 (Live TV not supported)
- Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
- Samsung TV (select models)
- VIZIO SmartCast TVs
- Windows 10
- Xbox 360
Here are the devices that support the Classic app:
- Android TV
- Apple TV (2nd & 3rd generation)
- LG TVs and Blu-ray players (select models)
- Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
- Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players (select models)
- Sony TVs and Blu-ray players (select models)
- VIZIO TVs (select models)
How many devices can you add to Hulu?
Hulu doesn’t place any limits on the number of devices you can use with the service. But be careful, as your device list can easily stack up to the point where you may see 50 gadgets accessing your account.
How many devices can stream simultaneously?
As of July 2019, you can stream Hulu (with and without ads) on two devices at one time on any network throughout North America.
With Hulu + Live TV, you can stream on two devices at one time on your home network, but you cannot share Hulu + Live TV with another household network. Instead, you must use a mobile device to watch Hulu + Live TV outside your home network.
The Unlimited Screens add-on for the Hulu + Live TV plans allows unlimited simultaneous streams on your local home network. It also enables three simultaneous streams on mobile devices outside your local network.
How do you share a Hulu account?
There’s no special way to share your account with others. Simply provide your login credentials and they’re good to go. General profiles have access to the account settings, though users can only see the last four digits of your payment method. Profiles for kids do not have access to the account settings.
How many profiles can you create?
That wraps up our guide for Hulu account sharing and other details related to the service. For other cord-cutting tips, check out these articles: