The interfaces of Hulu Live and AT&T TV NOW are similar. They both recommend plenty of great shows to watch and help you pick up where you left off in previous sessions.
We prefer Hulu Live here because of its browsing tab. When you select a genre, you’ve got personalized recommendations, live TV, and on-demand series all in one place.
With all the options streaming live TV can give you, it’s good to have some direction.
Playback features and commercial skipping
For live TV watching, Hulu Live makes it easy to pause, rewind as far as the beginning of the episode, and fast-forward to what’s airing right now. But once the commercials start playing, you’re stuck.
You get a commercial countdown, though, so at least you know they won’t last forever.
AT&T TV NOW, on the other hand, has a pause feature, and that’s about it. With some shows, you can restart an episode from the beginning, but you can’t rewind or fast-forward at all.
So while Hulu Live’s features aren’t everything we dream of, it’s got enough features to keep us from worrying about someone walking in front of the TV at a pivotal point.
The number of streams is a close match for us. Both AT&T TV NOW and Hulu Live come with two included streams. You can upgrade to three streams on AT&T TV NOW for $5 per month.
We like that price point, but families may need more streams than that.
Hulu Live’s upgrade gives you unlimited screens on your home Wi-Fi, plus three on-the-go streams. At $9.99 per month, this upgrade is twice the cost of AT&T TV NOW’s, but you can do a lot more with it.
The total user experience
Even though AT&T TV NOW has the superior channel guide, Hulu Live’s overall interface, playback features, and available streams will give you the better experience—once you find what you’re looking for.