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Hulu Unlimited Screens: What is it and who is it for?
If you sign up for the Hulu Plus Live TV service, you have the option to pay a bit extra for the service’s Hulu Unlimited Screens add-on. So what is this extra feature, who might want to use it, and how do you add it to your Hulu Plus Live TV subscription? We have the answers you need, including the add-on’s limitations (basically, it’s not quite “unlimited”). You can sign up for both regular Hulu and Hulu Plus Live TV at the link below.
THE SHORT ANSWER
The Hulu Unlimited Screens add-on for Hulu Plus Live TV allows subscribers to stream the service from as many devices as they want on their home network. It costs $9.99 a month, but there are a few restrictions for this "unlimited" feature.
What is Hulu Unlimited Screens?
The feature is a paid add-on for the Hulu Plus Live TV service. Normally, the amount of concurrent streams on the service is limited to just two devices at once. However, the Unlimited Screens add-on will give Hulu Plus Live TV subscribers a way to watch the many networks and shows on the service on as many devices as they want at once on their home network. This gives the service a huge advantage over other streaming services like Netflix which have strict concurrent stream limits.
Normally, the price for Hulu Plus Live TV is $69.99 a month, and it will be going up to $74.99 a month on December 8. The Unlimited Screens feature can be added to the service for an additional $9.99 a month.
Who should purchase this add-on?
This feature is obviously targeted at families. The add-on will allow parents and their kids to watch Hulu Plus Live TV separately in their home at the same time.
How to add Unlimited Screens to your Hulu Plus Live TV subscription
Here’s how to add the feature to your subscription:
- Go to your Hulu account page on the service’s website (not on your Hulu mobile app or smart TV).
- Go to the Select Add-ons section of the account page.
- Then, select the (+) icon next to the Unlimited Screens add-on.
- Finally, select the Review Changes page to confirm your purchase of the add-on and you are done.
What limits does it have?
The feature, even though it has “unlimited” in its title, does indeed have a few limits. If you are traveling outside of your home internet connection, you can only stream Hulu Plus Live TV on up to three mobile screens at once. Also, if you have added one or more of the HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, or Starz add-ons to your subscription, you can only screen content from those paid channel services on up to five devices at once. Three of those devices can be outside of your home internet connection.
No. The add-on cannot be purchased with the standard Hulu on-demand streaming service. It’s strictly for Hulu Plus Live TV users.
You should see a“too many videos” error message pop up on the extra devices. If that happens, simply sign off on the extra devices and you should be fine.
As far as anyone knows, there are no plans to increase the price of the add-on feature.