In their quest to join an already crowded streaming television market, Hulu TV is opening up their beta test to more users. Starting this week, users who have a Fire Stick from Amazon and selected Amazon Fire TV users can take the service for a test drive.
Hulu’s live television service, which will include over 50 live channels, will cost $39.99 a month, putting it right in line with Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, and others.
When the service first launched, it was only available for Apple TV, Xbox One, Android, iOS, and Chromecast users. But just three days ago, Hulu made room for all Amazon Fire Stick users and specifically chosen Fire Stick users (who have already received their invitation via e-mail). Hulu has said they expect to roll out support for Roku, Mac and PC users within the next few weeks. The company didn’t give any details about how Fire TV users were selected, only saying that e-mails were “in the process of going out.”
It appears that Hulu really is listening to users in this beta test period, as it wasn’t too long ago they announced a long list of changes they were implementing based on customer feedback, including the option to disable autoplay when watching a television series, a view progress indicator that shows how “caught up” a viewer is a on a series and badges that let viewers know when new episodes are available. Since the service is still in beta testing, it’s very likely that more changes will be coming soon.
If you’re not already familiar with what Hulu TV is, it’s a cable television alternative that will offer the same channels as a cable package, but will come with a much lower price. The service will include up to 200 hours of DVR recordings, plus unlimited simultaneous streams.