Hulu Add-ons: Are they worth it, and which ones to get?

by Jeremy

The Hulu + Live T.V. plan is the most costly subscription on the platform, but it’s also the most flexible plan. In addition to giving subscribers the option to pair either the ad-supported or No Ads tier with its live channel collection, Hulu + Live T.V. can be expanded with eight different add-ons, which vary in perks and price. Here’s a roundup of all of the Hulu add-ons, so you can decide if any of them are worth adding to your plan.



Make it premium

Hulu allows you to take your Hulu + Live T.V. subscription to the next level by adding premium networks to your account. Is HBO ($15/month), Showtime ($11/month), Cinemax ($10/month) or STARZ ($9/month) the right add-on for you?

Premium network add-ons

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Hulu + Live T.V. subscribers can take their plan to the next level by selecting one of four premium network add-ons offered by the streaming service. Depending on which network you choose, fees range from $9-15 a month added to your bill. Here’s a rundown of the premium networks you can add right now.


Subscribers can add HBO to their collection of live channels for an extra $15 per month. The add-on gives subscribers access to all series, movies, and documentaries exclusive to HBO, both live and on-demand. The HBO add-on also features a selection of live sports coverage and all the latest pre-recorded content available on the network. Shows on HBO include Game of Thrones, Euphoria, Lovecraft Country, and Succession.


The Showtime add-on gives subscribers access to almost all award-winning films and television series in Showtime’s media library for $11 per month. It also provides access to the latest pre-recorded episodes of your favorite shows and a selection of newly-released movies, as well as live boxing championships. Showtime original series include Your Honor, The Good Lord Bird, The Comey Rule, Black Monday.


The Cinemax add-on costs $10 per month and allows subscribers to watch an expanded collection of movies, behind-the-scenes specials, and network-specific original series. Standout series streaming on Cinemax right now include Banshee and Outcast. It’s also the exclusive United States hub for C.B. Strike, the limited series based on the bestselling novels written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


The STARZ add-on gives subscribers access to a unique collection of movies and series, including several STARZ originals, for $9 per month. Highlights include Outlander, American Godz, Hawthorne, and Power Book II: Ghost.

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