Hulu’s Live TV Service May be Coming Sooner Than You Think

Hulu's Live TV Service Expected to
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* Hulu has confirmed it will launch Live TV service this spring
* According to insiders, company aiming for May launch
* The pending release date likely due to beta testing and bug fixes

Rumors have been swirling in recent weeks regarding the murky details surrounding the suspected launch date of Hulu’s new live TV streaming service. The new service will offer users live content streamed from popular television stations including CBS and ESPN as well as on-demand programs. The live TV service will address a major issue plaguing many consumers who have ditched their cable plans from subscription services like Netflix, but have had to give up watching sports or live award ceremonies as a compromise.

Hulu offered a vague estimate earlier in the year, saying that the release date would occur sometime this spring. But additional updates have been limited, until now.

TechCrunch reported yesterday that Hulu’s live television service will launch sometime in May, though the company aims to roll out the new service during the first week, according to sources linked to Hulu’s internal staff. But this shouldn’t be viewed as the definitive plan, the report warns.

Of course, Hulu has not confirmed or offered any further comment on the matter. According to the report, the pending release date is likely due to ongoing beta tests to smooth out kinks and fix bugs prior to the public launch. Beta feedback could also push the launch date back even further, to as late as the third week in May.

So while the release details are a bit clearer than before, it seems an official launch date is still stuck at TBD. But you can still get excited about the company’s latest edition, which will also come with a new, more personalized user interface — whether you subscribe to the new service or stick to the original. The live TV subscription, meantime, is expected to cost $39.99 a month.