Award-winning original series, blockbuster movies and shows, and a lineup of first class channels is what Hulu is all about. And you can get almost all of it without spending a single dollar for 30 days. The Hulu free trial gives you a sample of Hulu's entire on-demand library while also giving you a taste for its user experience and features for the whole family.
Unfortunately, Hulu doesn't include a free trial option for any of the live TV plans which have over 85+ channels, the full on demand library, and free subscriptions for Disney Plus and ESPN Plus. After the free trial, on-demand packages range between $7.99 and $14.99 per month. Hulu + Live TV plans range between at $69.99 and $82.99 per month, but there isn't currently a sign up deal.
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|Plan||Free Trial Length||Price After Free Trial|
|Hulu||30 days||$7.99 a month|
|Hulu (No Ads)||30 days||$14.99 a month|
|Hulu + Live TV with Disney+ and ESPN+||None||$69.99 a month|
|Hulu + Live TV (No Ads) with Disney+ and ESPN+||None||$82.99 a month|
How to get a Hulu free trial?
There's not a lot of options for getting the Hulu free trial. The streaming service offers one 30 day trial for the base plan that usually costs $7.99 per month. If you're looking for live TV, you'll have to sign up for a live TV plan that's starts at $69.99 per month. Luckily all of Hulu's live TV packages come with 85+ channels, all on demand content, and Disney Plus and ESPN Plus so you're covered on almost all bases.
To test the service, getting setup with your free trial is easy. Just head over to Hulu and begin by signing up like usual. You'll be asked for a form of payment and might see a $1 charge appear during the free trial, but that’s just standard procedure for online billing. You'll get that $1 reimbursed in a matter of days.
To sign up just simply follow these steps:
- Go to the Hulu website
- Choose the free trial option (Hulu Basic for 30 days)
- Enter your accurate billing information
- Login using your compatible device
- Enjoy your Hulu free trial!
What can you watch with a Hulu free trial?
Although you won't be able to catch any live TV channels, you can still watch all the movies and shows as well as Hulu Originals like The Handmaid’s Tale, The Old Man, or Candy. The free trial will pretty much have something for everyone: horror, documentaries, family movies, crime series, timeless reality shows, and much more.
Here's a few of our favorites:
- The Handmaid's Tale
- Big Sky
- The King's Man
- The Dropout
- No Exit
- Little Fires Everywhere
Need more info? Check out our Hulu Review for our full breakdown.
How much does Hulu cost after a free trial?
Once your free trial, Hulu’s transition to a paid subscription is seamless. Plus, if you chose a free trial of one plan but want to pay for something else, you can easily change between all plans and add-ons. Just be sure to make the switch before your free trial ends!
- Hulu: $7.99/month
- Hulu (no ads): $14.99/month
- Hulu with Live TV with Disney+ and ESPN+: $69.99/month
- Hulu Live TV (no ads) with Disney+ and ESPN+: $82.99/month
What is the Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus Bundle?
If you're looking for more than just a Hulu subscription, then the Disney Bundle might be the best option for you. The Disney Plus bundle gives you access to the streaming library for Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus. Subscribers can watch everything from the latest Marvel movies to live UFC fights.
The Disney Bundle includes Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus for $12.99 per month for ads or get no ads for $19.99 per month. This deal ends up saving customers about $8-$13 per month and is a great option if you're not in need of any live TV channels. But keep in mind, there's no free trial for the Disney Bundle either.
Can you watch any Hulu + Live TV channels?
Hulu is best known for its network and cable tv shows, but you won't be able to access any live content with the free trial. If there’s a certain live show you are looking for, you can usually catch it on Hulu one day later with the on demand plans. While the newer streaming services like Paramount+ and Peacock have claimed a few of its shows and movies from Hulu’s collection, Hulu’s FX hub and all of its partner-streaming bundles keep this service highly desirable.
If you are looking to get directly to live TV, Hulu with Live TV has a slew of top live TV channels including FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC. To watch, you'll just need to sign up and use a compatible device like a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android, Playstation, or Xbox.
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What add ons and extras does Hulu have?
Speaking of partners, Hulu has paired up with multiple top-notch service providers to bring its viewers the best tv and movie-watching experience possible. Add on any one of these services during your free trial, including ESPN+, SHOWTIME, HBO Max, Cinemax, and Starz. Or if you prefer, test out one of the cable TV bundles like Entertainment, Sports, and Español.
While your free trial allows you to experience those add-ons for free, they will come at an additional cost. Include HBO Max for $14.99, SHOWTIME for $10.99, Cinemax for $9.99, Starz for $8.99, and ESPN+ for $6.99 per month. The Entertainment add-on costs $7.99/month, Sports costs $9.99/month, and Español costs $4.99/month.
Is a Hulu free trial worth it?
Hulu’s free trial experience is well worth it to explore all the hit movies, tv shows, documentaries, and originals that the streaming service offers. Although new subscribers can no longer try out Hulu with Live TV, the standard 30 day free trial will give you a great look into the features, design, and capabilities of the service.
Davan Hamilton • Editor
Davan Hamilton is an editor and writer based in Jacksonville, FL. Holding a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, her writing spans a wide range, from essays on film criticism and analysis to surreal poetry. Now, she works for Flixed as an editor, continuing to ignore the list of passion projects she’s accumulated. When she’s not glued to her computer, you can find her building endless amounts of Lego sets, binge-reading manga, or playing with (fighting) her cat.