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Welcome to the new Hulu: Prettier menus and live TV

In addition to a $40 package that includes 50 channels of live TV, Hulu gave its TV and mobile apps a makeover. Let's check it out.

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Hulu now has live TV, in addition to its vast selection of on-demand TV shows and movies. There's also an all-new app for many devices, including the Xbox One and Apple TV. Let's take a tour.

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The revamped app is also available on iPhone and iPad, and if you subscribe to live TV (a $40 option), the available live shows and channels are integrated with on-demand.

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Android phones and tablets also get the update.

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Xbox One, Chromecast and Apple TV are the only ways to get the new Hulu on a big screen at the moment. More devices, including Roku boxes, Amazon Fire tablets and Samsung Smart TVs, are coming soon.

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One big addition is user profiles, which let up to six individual family members keep their stuff separate.

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There's also a specific Kids profile, just like Netflix, with shows and movies geared for, you know, kids.

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You can control live TV just like on-demand content.

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The phone and tablet apps allow easy timeline scrubs too.

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Here's a look at playback controls on a phone. Of course, they're also available on the TV apps too.

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Hulu's Networks page focuses on shows, not channels.

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Of course, it also integrates on-demand content, like Hulu's original series.

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There's also a separate sports category.

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Choose a game, and you can add the team to your list of favorite teams.

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Doing so shows upcoming games and records them automatically, if they're available on Hulu. Hulu's selection of sports channels is decent, but it lacks many regional sports networks.

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The teams page gathers your favorites from across different spotrts.

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The sports section also shows upcoming games within a specific sport.

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Hulu's new design blurs the differentiation between live and on-demand shows. The only indication that a show is live is the little green "watch live" lightning bolt.

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Live TV streaming worked well in my brief hands-on tests.

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Search also covers live and on-demand shows.

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Hulu's "lineup" column on the home page surfaces shows it thinks you'll like based on your stated preferences, watchlists and previously watched shows.

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Hitting the "+" button adds a show to the My Stuff section, where available on-demand episodes will appear.

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Doing so also tells the cloud DVR to record upcoming episodes.

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My Stuff also lets you resume shows where you left off, or start watching the next episode for easy bingeing.

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The big-screen and mobile menus are very similar. Color washes are used prominently on the home pages.

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You can designate favorite channels, and browsing them will show currently playing shows on each. That's as close as Hulu gets to a traditional grid-style program guide.

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The base $40 package includes 50 hours of DVR storage. Unfortunately, that package doesn't let you skip commercials on recorded shows.

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There is an optional 200-hour cloud DVR that does let you skip commercials, but it costs an extra $15 per month.

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It also includes a trending section.

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Sometimes the choices can seem too extensive.

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Specialized curated lists, anyone?

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Hulu offers plentiful browse categories.

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The new interface is a major overhaul that will take some getting used to, but it definitely looks nicer than the original. Stay tuned for more as we continue to explore.

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The multitude of options even extends to subtitles.

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