If you’re under the age of 25 and living on your own, we’re going to go ahead and say you probably don’t have cable. And if you do, we’re guessing you get bombarded by friends whenever a major cable show is set to premiere. Streaming services are quickly catching up to the long-standing TV format, but there is one major setback should you decide to skip the cable bill: You’ll have to wait until the next day to watch your coveted show. However, that might not be the case for long.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Hulu is working on a new service that would allow it to compete with traditional television distributors by releasing live streams of shows from certain networks. Think: how HBO currently releases their content on HBO GO and on television simultaneously. The new product would stream programs from Fox, ABC, ESPN and the Disney Channel (FYI, Hulu is owned by Disney, 21st Century Fox and, weirdly enough, Comcast).
Details about all the specifics are still largely under wraps. The Wall Street Journal says it should launch in early 2017 and will likely cost about $40 per month, which is more than a Hulu Plus subscription but still less than what your cable bill would be.
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