STREAMING SATURDAY: Hulu’s Live TV Coming to Fire TV, Fire Stick

Do you use Hulu to stream your favorite live TV shows? This service soon will be available for Fire TV and Amazon’s Fire Stick, according to an announcement from the company.

Hulu is adding its live TV service to the Fire TV and Amazon’s Fire Stick. Select people are Beta testing this while Hulu works to finalize the service, support, and app features for the device. The company plans to incorporate select suggestions made by those who participated in the beta testing. Hulu also plans to have live TV support for Roku, PCs, and Macs at some unspecified time in the future.

This latest announcement comes on the heels of recent backlash against Hulu’s redesigned app. After a simple Google search for “Hulu new interface,” I was treated (if you can call it that) to a wide variety of negative reviews about the company’s latest app redesign. Much of what was said isn’t fit for this blog! Suffice to say, many users feel that the new app is not user-friendly and is difficult to navigate. The problem, according to its many detractors, is the challenge in finding new shows and movies rather than curated content. One reviewer stated that “basic cable and a VCR would be more convenient.”

Hulu’s announcement begs the question – Is its live TV update tardy for the party? Live TV streaming is available through Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW, both of whom seem to do a better job with it. Hulu’s only advantage is keeping all media consumption within one app, but that app is far from perfect. If the company is looking to become the one-stop replacement for basic cable, it needs to remove the barriers to new content. Hopefully those beta testers trying out the Fire TV and Fire Stick applications will have some detailed notes about how Huly can improve its app.

When Hulu’s live TV beta was first released, it was available for Xbox One, Apple TV, Android, iOS, and Chromecast. By expanding its services to Fire TV and Fire Stick, Hulu will compete with Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, and similar streaming services. Hulu currently offers 50 live channels and access to on-demand selections for $39.99 per month.

While Hulu users anxiously await more developments, here’s what’s available in the month of June on the streaming service with the green logo:

June 1
The Carmichael Show: Season 3 Premiere (NBC)
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Aeon Flux (2005)
All Over the Guy (2001)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)
Barnyard (2006)
Black Rain (1989)
Blow Out (1981)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Bolero (1984)
Boogeyman (2005)
Boogeyman 2 (2008)
Boogeyman 3 (2009)
Bullwhip (1958)
Burnt Offerings (1976)
Chaos (2008)
Charlotte’s Web (1973)
Con Air (1997)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
De-Lovely (2004)
Desperado (1995)
Desperate Hours (1990)
Double Team (1997)
Dragon Eyes (2012)
Drunken Arts and Crippled Fist (1979)
Drunken Monkey, Floating Snake (1979)
El Gringo (2012)
The Fatal Flying Guillotine (1977)
Fighting of Shaolin Monks (1976)
Fire in the Sky (1993)
Fled (1996)
The Freshman (1990)
Free Willy (1993)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Ghost Rider (2007)
The Glass House (2001)
Hammett (1982)
The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
Harriot the Spy (1996)
Heartbreakers (2001)
Henry & Me (2014)
The Ides of March (2011)
Ingenious (2009)
The Invincible Armour (1977)
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Invincible Obsessed Fighter (1982)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Joe Dirt (2001)
Kangaroo Jack (2003)
Last Action Hero (1993)
Legally Blonde (2001)
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003)
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Lost in America (1985)
Madeline (1998)
The Mechanic (1972)
The Medallion (2003)
Mo’ Money (1992)
Money Train (1995)
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Mr. Mom (1983)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Muppets from Space (1999)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1994)
Of Cooks and Kung Fu (1979)
On the Waterfront (1954)
The Out-of-Towners (1999)
Over the Top (1987)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
The Philly Kid (2012)
The Prince of Tides (1991)
The Queen of Versailles (2012)
Random Hearts (1999)
Regarding Henry (1991)
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Shivers (1975)
Silverado (1985)
Starman (1984)
Stash House (2012)
Strategic Air Command (1955)
Stray Bullets (2016)
Tracker (2011)
Transit (2012)
Underworld (2003)
Underworld Evolution (2006)
World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
World Trade Center (2006)
XXX: State of the Union (2005)
Zoom (2006)

June 2
Black-ish: Complete Season 3 (ABC)

June 3
Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine (Hulu Documentary)

June 4
Arbor Demon (2016)
Urge (2016)

June 5
Arbitrage (2012)
A Case of You (2013)
North (1994)

June 6
Rizzoli & Isles: Complete Season 7 (TNT)
Tyrant: Complete Season 3 (FX)

June 7
13 Assassins (2010)

June 8
What Happened Last Night (2016)

June 9
Girl Most Likely (2013)
Free the Nipple (2014)

June 11
Traspecos (2016)

June 13
American Ninja Warrior: Season 9 Premiere (NBC)
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge: Season 2 Premiere (NBC)

June 14
Cocaine Cowboys (2006)
Control Room (2004)

June 15
Bayou Maharajah (2013)
Family Mission: The TJ Labraico Story (2016)
The Girls in the Band (2011)
The Hunting of the President (2004)
Outatime (2016)

June 16
Cardinal: Complete Season 1 (eOne)
The Strain: Complete Season 3 (FX)
Asmodexia (2014)

June 17
Kundo (2014)
Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

June 18
Grand Piano (2013)

June 22
Little Big Shots: Forever Young: Series Premiere (NBC)

June 23
Hollywood Game Night: Season 5 Premiere (NBC)
Manny (2014)
Song One (2014)
Tarzan (1999)

June 26
Journey to the West (2013)

June 29
Ong Bak (2003)
Ong Bak 2 (2008)
Ong Bak 3 (2010)

June 30
The Pact 2 (2014)