Hulu now lets you stream live TV from your PC's browser

Hulu now lets you stream live TV from your PC's browser

Just a couple of months after launching for mobile platforms and consoles, Hulu is ready to bring its live TV streaming service to your PC's browser. The company announced today that an early version of its live TV player for browsers is now available (opens in new tab), bringing the service in-line with competitors like DirecTV Now and Sling TV.

In its blog post announcing the news, Hulu is quick to stress that this is a "very early" version of its browser player, but it wanted to get it into the hands of subscribers nonetheless. From Hulu:

To date, we've offered Hulu with Live TV on multiple living room and mobile devices, but we know many of you have asked to access our service on your laptops and computers as well. So rather than wait until we've finalized our new Web experience, we're opening up a basic version to Hulu's live TV plan subscribers so they can stream live TV via their browsers. That means, you can catch the big game, this morning's news or the premiere of "This is Us" wherever you are.

Given its early nature, you may run into a bug or two. You can expect the browser streaming experience to evolve over the coming months, however, as Hulu fleshes things out. For now, you can browse and watch all of Hulu's channel offerings, conduct searches, see what's coming on next, and even open multiple streams. That's in addition to Hulu's standard on-demand offerings that remain available.

Live TV playback is available via Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11 "on select operating systems," Hulu says. If you want to check it out, you can sign up for Hulu's live TV package (opens in new tab) now.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • I know Sling and Hulu offer two competing and yet unique products, but Hulu's $40 price tag is harder to swallow than Sling's $20.  I'm currently a Hulu subscriber, and I use it a lot (though not as much since the revamp).  Adding Sling and sticking with Hulu's base offering is probably a better combo.
  • It's not really mentioned a lot, but DirecTv NOW has gotten a whole lot better, especially now with Roku (supposedly XB1 soon). The introductory pricing was $35 for the mid-grade package, if they ever do it again it might be worth checking out. Unfortunately still no DVR, but HBO is only 5 per month!
  • Anyone view on Edge browser yet? How's it working?
  • And, I wonder if it would work on Windows Mobile.
  • Live TV without DVR is worthless!