But as much as we like options, having so many TV-streaming choices can be overwhelming.
So we've decided to compare Hulu Live to its stiff competition, as well as to an average basic-cable package. Of course, one built-in advantage of streaming is that you don't need to invest in a bunch of hardware — and you can watch on the go. It can also be much more economical than cable depending on which package you choose. And, so much depends on what you like to watch in the first place.
Read on for a brief analysis of all the big players.
What you pay: $39.99/month
What you don't get: Comedy Central, HBO, MTV, VH1
What you pay: $35 to $70/month
What you don't get: CBS, CW, Showtime
What you don't get: CBS
What you pay: $39.99 to $74.99/month
What you don't get: Comedy Central, MTV, VH1
What you pay: $35/month
What you don't get: CNN, Comedy Central, HBO, HGTV, MTV, TBS
Note: YouTube TV is currently only available in Chicago, L.A., New York City, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area, but plans to expand to other areas soon.
What you pay: $14.99/month
What you don't get: Other TV channels (unless you buy HBO as part of a package, of course).
What you don't get: Live TV
What you pay: $10/month (or $99/year)
What you get: Access to Amazon Prime's original shows like Transparent, as well as a large library of movies and HBO shows
Regular Ol' Cable
What you pay: Costs vary depending on your package and location, but according to the Leichtman Research Group, the average cable bill was $103.10 last year. However, the average offered price per month is about half that (though companies often offer attractive-sounding promotional packages with hidden extras): Comcast has a $49.99/month package that includes HBO; Time Warner/Spectrum starts at $29.99/month; and you can get a Verizon Fios Bundle starting at $55.
What you get & don't get: Varies widely based on your package.
Conclusion: Compared to other streaming services and cable, we'd say Hulu Live is worth it if you're willing to forgo Comedy Central and HBO (and if you choose to get HBO Now as well, you're looking at $55/a month total in TV costs). We'd especially recommend it if you're a fan of Hulu originals like The Handmaid's Tale, The Mindy Project, and Difficult People. Sob, yes, we're going to miss Mindy Lahiri, too.