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How does Hulu work? Complete Guide

Published on: Sept. 10, 2020


How does Hulu work? Complete Guide

What is Hulu? 

Hulu is basically a video-on-demand service established by The Walt Disney Company and NBC Universal. The main stakeholder of this company is Comcast. Initially, the service was introduced by a joint venture between News Corporation and NBC Universal.

Enough with the facts and figures, let's talk about the real deal.

Hulu allows its users to watch online popular TV shows established in the US and Japan. Hulu basically is a streaming service very much related to the giants such as Netflix and Prime; however, it streams the US and Japan's popular TV shows. Moreover, it streams popular films from network broadcasters, documentaries, and independent movies and shows.


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Several segments of this Stream online service–Hulu differs from the popular Giants Amazon Prime and Netflix. For instance, Hulu allows its users access to popular TV shows much earlier than the other traditional network giants. In other terms, you only have to wait a day or a full week to get your hands on your favorite TV show once it is aired. In contrast to most cable networks, Hulu does not charge hidden fees or in-app purchases after selecting a plan. Also, Hulu does not charge you any equipment rentals or installation fees. You just need to choose one of the Hulu subscription plans. 


There are multiple features Hulu provides compared to a traditional cable network. For instance, you can watch Hulu on your TV, computer, mac, and any other device that is able to run Hulu. In 2017, Hulu launched many new developments in its services such as, Live TV and IPTV, which featured numerous traditional TV channels.


Some stats incoming!

Hulu attained over 36 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2020. As of the current times, WarnerMedia has its hold on Hulu regarding the services.  


Steps for the Hulu account login and sign up


Want to signup and watch your favorite TV shows? Don't worry. The procedure is effortless! Below is a step-by-step guide on the entire signup and account login process.


The signup guide: 


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  1. First, you need to visit Hulu’s official website on your pc, mac, or any other device.
  2. After this, a page will pop up, then you need to click on 'Start Free Trial.'
  3. After clicking, multiple plans will pop up. Some of them are Hulu + Live TV Hulu (No Ads) or Hulu (no ads) + Live TV.
  4. Select any plan that is within your budget and fills all your TV needs. 
  5. After selecting your favorite plan, another pop-up menu will appear. In this, you need to enter your email address, password, and other verification data.
  6. After this, Hulu requires you to add your billing information. 
  7. Once that is done, click submit. And you are done! That’s it! 


The account login guide: 


  1. The account login is relatively easy compared to the signup. Well, that's obvious; it is just a login.
  2. The first step is to Launch the Hulu app on your pc, mac, or any other streaming device.
  3. Select the login option that pops up on the welcome screen. 
  4. Enter your user email address and password that you used to create the account. 
  5. The last option is to select a login, that's it!


How many people can watch Hulu at once?

This is one of the most asked questions, the answer is two. Only two people can watch and enjoy Hulu services at a time. In simple terms, you and your friend can watch Hulu on two different devices with the same account. Sounds relieving? These policies are initiated by the business segment of the Hulu services. 


How to record on Hulu?

Recording with the Cloud DVR 

Cloud DVRs are one of the most efficient ways to record your favorite TV shows on Hulu. Cloud DVR saves your favorite TV show, documentary, or any other multimedia format file in their cloud servers. This enables you to explore that certain TV show or a file when offline. The cloud DVRs do not necessarily download your TV show. It just saves a recording in their servers, just like you save your pictures and videos on Google Photos. It is a fantastic way to save time and hassle that enables you to watch your favorite TV shows offline and at any time you want!


How to stop recording on Hulu?

Sometimes auto-recording everything can be a nightmare. It can confuse you and bewildered by looking at a bunch of recorded videos and being unable to find the video you want to watch. However, as there is a solution to every problem, undertaking the following steps will enable you to stop recording on Hulu.

if you are on a pc, then it is relatively easy to stop recording

Step 1: Open the app or the web version of the app.

Step 2: Click the recording options located at the top.

Step 3: Click on Stop recording.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Save’ option. That’s it.

If your streaming device is a phone, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open your app, and select the recording options.

Step 2: Hold the Record movie option and select the 'Switch Off’ option. That’s it. 

This method works on both Android and iOS devices.

if you are streaming Hulu on a TV, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Open the recording options 

Step 2:  Select 'No' when a pop-up appears, asking if you want to record a show or movie.

Step 3: Click Save, and you are done!


How to clear and delete your Hulu viewing history 

If you have more than two users on a single Hulu account, and you want to keep your privacy secure and delete your Hulu watch history. You do not want to miss this section. 


Step 1: Open the Hulu app or your preferred version.

Step 2: Keep scrolling down until you see a “keep watching “option. 

Step3: Move your mouse cursor towards the title or watch history you want to delete and click the “Delete or X” option that appears at the bottom of the pop-up menu. 

Step 4: Refresh your page, and you are done! This will delete your desired Hulu watch history.

If you are a Hulu user, you must learn how to view and manage your watch history.

How many profiles can you have on Hulu?


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Hulu has allowed its users to create up to six profiles. As of now, only Hulu's website supports multiple profiles; however, the other streaming devices do not allow numerous profiles currently. Hulu has announced that other streaming devices will also enable Hulu profiles in the coming weeks or months.


In other terms, 6 individual profiles can be created with one Hulu account. Also, history and watchlist will be remembered by the profiles individually.


How do you create Hulu profiles?


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Profiles can only be created at Hulu’s official website. Hulu does not allow its users to create profiles on secondary streaming devices or apps. 

If you want to create multiple Hulu profiles, you can create up to six. Follow these steps. 

Step 1: log in to your account (If you want to learn how to log in, read the first section of this article), you can log in to your account on TV or phone.

Step 2: select the profiles menu that is located on your Account page. 

Step 3: Hover on your profile name and click "Add profile."  

Step 4: Give a name to that second Profile and click save. That's it!


How to switch Hulu profiles TV?

Step 1: Sign in to your Hulu account. 

Step 2: Hover your pointing device on the profile section located at the top right corner of your TV. over your cursor over your Profile in the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 3: once you do that, a drop-down menu will appear. Point your cursor over the desired Profile that you want to switch to and click it.


Hulu Subscription Plans


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Hulu provides several subscription plans for its users. This section will elaborate on some subscription plans and enrich your mind with some details regarding them.

First, The Hulu basic subscription plan costs a reasonable $5.99 monthly. It is the cheapest subscription on Hulu, and it is one of the most affordable streaming service subscriptions. This program provides you access to all the Hulu programs, TV shows, films, movies, and much more.

Second, the Hulu premium can cost you a fair $11.99 monthly. Hulu Basic and Hulu premium are somewhat identical; however, Hulu premium lets you explore and enjoy the streaming service without any ads popping up from nowhere.

Third, Hulu basic + Live TV can cost you $55 monthly. This service adds live TV to your Hulu on-demand video services. Many popular Live TV shows such as Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, CBS, FOX, CNBC, and much more are added to your streaming services.

One more subscription plan is Hulu Premium + Live TV that charges you over $60.99 monthly. This and the latter are almost identical. 


How to cancel Hulu subscription


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Hulu lets you cancel your subscription plans with ease and without any stumbling blocks. You can cancel your plan anytime you want. 

Login to your Hulu account and go to the Account Page. Click Cancel subscription located under the subscription plan. This will lead you to some on-screen instructions. Follow those instructions, and you will be able to cancel your subscription plan.

However, if you are unable to cancel your subscription, you can always call Hulu at their 24/7 customer service number: (888) 265-6650. 




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The easiest way to skip ads on Hulu is to upgrade to a better subscription plan. Hulu offers multiple subscription plans; the most common are the Basic and Premium plan. The basic plan does not remove ads from your videos; however, with the premium plan by paying a few more dollars you can eradicate all the ads on your on-demand video services.

Hulu premium plan, or generally known as Hulu No Ads plan, costs just an $11.99 monthly.


How to delete Hulu account on the web


Step 1: Open Hulu.com 

Step 2: Log in to your account

Step 3: Select the Account profile option

Step 4: Select the ‘Manage your Account’ option

Step 4: Once done, click the California Privacy Rights link that must be available in the lower right corner of the page.

Step 5: You will see a 'right to delete' option under which comes an option named 'start deletion process' or 'start deletion link.'

Step 6: Click the start deletion button, you will see a pop-up menu asking if you want to delete your account right away or after the end of your subscription. We would suggest that you carefully think twice before cancelling its subscription, as it is one of the cheapest streaming services on the market. Nevertheless, after making your decision, choose whatever option suits your criteria, and that's it your account will be deleted.  


How much is Hulu plus? 


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Hulu Plus costs a reasonable sum of $7.99 monthly. The features and services provided at such a low cost are mind frazzling.


So, what do you get by paying some extra dollars for the Hulu Plus lineup?


By paying a few extra dollars, you get your hands on the following features:


  • Live TV broadcasting over 65 channels, such as entertainment, news, and sports channels. 
  • Free access to the stream library services. 
  • Ability to watch on two different screens, devices, or computers at once. 
  • Recording over 50 hours of cloud DVR storage, don't worry. You can delete the already watched shows anytime you want. This, in turn, will help you enhance your storage capacity.

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