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Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


CES: Hulu adds CBS to upcoming live TV streaming service

The streaming service Hulu is teaming up with CBS to add three of the network’s channels to its upcoming live TV streaming service later this year, the company announced Wednesday.

The service will cost under $40 a month, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced at the 2017 Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Wednesday in Las Vegas Wednesday, but he did not give a specific price.

Two of Hulu’s biggest competitors, DirectTV Now and Sling TV lack the CBS channels.

Hulu said the live-streaming service will launch in the coming months, but did not give a date. The service will include networks like ABC, ESPN and Fox News. It is expected to also include popular channels like NBC, Fox, the Disney Channel, CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and National Geographic. The service will include DVR capabilities.

The CBS deal will give Hulu the right to live-stream the nation’s most-watched broadcast network, as well as CBS Sports Network and the cable channel Pop. The deal does not include local affiliate program for each market.

Hulu said that more CBS Corp. channels may be added later. Some shows can also be watched on demand after they have aired.

The service will be available on most of the common devices that enable streaming on TVs, including Apple TV.

If the Hulu streaming service comes out priced at less than $40 it will compete with other already-announced competitors including DirecTV Now at $35 a month for a package with 60 channels, Sling TV with a package of 31 channels for $20, and PlayStation Vue, with 48 channels for $30.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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