I tried Hulu's $40 per month live TV streaming service, and it came so close to replacing my $100 monthly cable subscription

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider

I tried the Hulu + Live TV streaming service to see if it could replace my regular cable TV subscription and TiVo box.

There were some compromises with Hulu + Live TV that my wife and I were willing to live with for paying significantly less than cable TV.

But skipping ads on Hulu + Live TV is barely an option, and it was the death blow that made us return to cable TV.

Every month, I'm horrified by the $100 bill I pay for my cable subscription. Because of that, I'm on a quest to try out all the TV streaming services I can to see if at least one has the channels I want, as well as some basic features I've become used to with regular cable and the TiVo Roamio cable box my wife and I use. Almost exactly one year ago, I tried Sling TV, which was significantly cheaper than our cable subscription, but didn't quite have everything we wanted. (I'll probably try Sling TV again at some point, as live TV streaming services are getting channel and feature updates all the time. It's entirely likely that Sling TV could have everything we want, one year later.) Most recently, I tried Hulu + Live TV, which costs $40 per month. I really liked it! Not only was it cheaper, but it also let us watch live TV and recorded shows and movies outside of the living room, whether in our bedroom or on our mobile devices during a trip. But there was one thing that my wife and I couldn't deal with.Check out what we loved about Hulu + Live TV, and what we didn't:
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