Hulu Live is an over-the-top media service that’s both a streaming device and a broadcasting platform for live TV. As of this writing, you’d need to pay $54.99 per month to get access to Hulu’s on-demand video library as well as its live TV service.
Hulu recommends having at least an 8.0 Mbps internet connection to watch its live TV offering, failing which you might run into errors, including freezing and buffering problems.
However, the inability to jump to Hulu live during a live broadcast is a bigger problem. In this write-up, we’ll explain how to jump back live on a TV channel in the middle of a live program.
Not Jumping to Live
Some users complain that they couldn’t switch back directly to a live sports program if Hulu were already recording the program. The only way to go back live is to fast-forward the show or sports program.
While this problem could be tricky, it essentially depends on the device you’re using Hulu on. Let’s discuss how you can jump back to live – if you can.
Hulu Live Fire Stick Problems
Fire Stick is a digital media player that can deliver content via the internet to any high-definition television. That’s particularly helpful if you don’t own a smart TV and want to stream content via the internet, which includes using services like Hulu, Netflix, or YouTube.
Many people use the Fire Stick to stream online content to their TVs. You may use it to stream Hulu’s live content as well. Fire Stick users have complained that there’s no way to jump back to live on a program that is also being recorded. That’s especially applicable to sports broadcasts.
In our experience, this is a genuine problem. If you’ve added a program to the My Stuff folder, Hulu will begin recording it automatically. Let’s say there’s a sports program that you added to the My Stuff folder. Now, while the game is going live and also being recorded, you get some free time. You decide to skip what already happened and hop to the live program. But there’s no option to jump back to live. The only option you have is to fast forward the program to get it back to live broadcast.
While this is a problem that Hulu has to address sooner or later, at the moment of writing, there appears to be no solution. Usually, Live TV subscribers have an additional menu item available in the main navigation called Live TV. Selecting this option gives viewers the ability to jump back to the live stream of the last channel they were watching. But this menu does not appear on Hulu on the Fire Stick.
No Problems with Roku
While Hulu’s Live TV problem with the Fire Stick is well-documented, we’ve found out that the problem doesn’t exist with Roku users. If you’re using Roku and want to switch back live to a program on Hulu, click on Live TV – a separate menu item available on the main navigation page. That will take you back live to the last channel you were watching.
Hulu and Vizio
Even Vizio smart TV users have problems similar to Fire Stick users while trying to jump back to a live program. While we do acknowledge that the problem exists, Hulu has said that it will soon resolve it. If you still don’t see an option named Live TV on your Hulu Live main navigation page, we suggest that you wait for some time or write to Hulu about it.
Hulu Live Works on Every Other Platform
Other than Fire Stick and Vizio, we’ve found users of every other device – including Android, Windows, iOS, and Roku – don’t have problems skipping between the recorded content and live TV. There’s a Live TV option available on Hulu’s main navigation page for Live TV subscribers, and we recommend you use it to jump back live on a channel.
We hope we’ve helped resolve your live TV issues. Please share your experiences of using Hulu Live on different platforms. We’d also like to know if Hulu has addressed the problem for Fire Stick and Vizio users.