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Hulu says live TV service will launch with cloud DVR, real-time alerts

Hulu this week updated the teaser page for its upcoming live TV service, revealing some of its planned features —most notably cloud DVR support, which should be ready from the beginning.




The update to experiencehulu.com promises that people will be able to "save anything to watch later," an option so far reserved for Sony's PlayStation Vue. DVR functions will eventually come to rivals Sling TV and YouTube TV.

Some other promised items include the ability to pause and resume streams, and get "real-time alerts for live events and TV moments that matter to you." Plans will support multiple profiles —including guest accounts —as well as streaming to multiple devices simultaneously.

Viewers will also have access to all of Hulu's on-demand content, and indeed the live service appears to be positioned as an add-on.

Hulu is currently accepting applications for a public beta test. In a mandatory survey, the company identifies iOS, Android, Xbox, and the fourth-generation Apple TV as supporting platforms.

More platforms are likely to be compatible at launch however, since the on-demand version of Hulu works with Roku, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, and some smart TVs and Blu-ray players, among other choices.

The website update suggests that a launch may happen in the next few months. Hulu has so far been vague about an exact date.