Does Hulu provide the Fox Sports channels (FS1 and FS2 I believe)? It’s for fox what NBC Sports is to NBC, and CBS Sports is to CBS.
If I’m not mistaken there’s a BRITBox streaming service available in the US now. I assume that even if you are subscribed to Hulu you can still pay the minimal subscription fee for BRITBox if it’s available as a separate add on service for ROKU, not necessarily for Hulu itself. I don’t know if the FOX sports services are free or not, but CBS in monetizing the hell out of their streaming services so they probably charge for their sports channels too.
Some of the streaming players allow you to install any one of their recognized by their underlying OS (Play for Google, Installer for Windows, etc.). It then becomes a simple matter of either a)Add-ons for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or b)You can install the streamer directly on your player, which then leaves you with figuring out what combination saves you the most.
Another thing to keep in mind are the subscription prices as well of the big three. They also have different subscription levels available because of their capabilities, not just to grab more money. Hulu and Netflix are best known for this.
Hulu offered 3 levels of service, based on the number and type of streams you want to receive. The cheapest level gave you 2 streams of HD signal quality and 2 of SD Signal. The next level was then 4 HD signal plus lack of commercials, the 4 HD signals mattered the most to me, but I have friends that would have paid the extra couple bucks to forgo the commercials. If you had a UHD version of your player you may not the UHD version of Hulu, Netflix or Amazon installed, just that the player will up convert to UHD, not that it PLAYS in UHD (4K or 4K HDR).
The same holds for Netflix and Amazon. Amazon gives you whatever the players installed can manage, either SD, HD or UHD.
Netflix needs the upgraded subscriptions in order for Netflix 4K to even work.
Now that this has been has been dissimulated there are a other things to keep in mind:
A) How many HD TVS do you have and are your Streaming services installed (Netflix, Amazon Videos, Hulu, etc.)
B) How many UHD (4K) TVS do you have and are your Streaming services installed (Netflix, Amazon Videos, Hulu, etc.)
4K takes approximately 4 times the bandwidth to broadcast a signal compared to an HD signal. Why does this matter you wonder ? Did you get that entry level internet package that costed you almost nothing ($10-$30 service) ? Did they give you the Mbps speed of this service and tell you you should never need more than 10 or 15 Mbps are more than sufficient to run an average family’s internet services so you’ll be fine. It won’t be.
Did they give you that free Wi-Fi router/modem combination so now you don’t have to pay for Wi-Fi either ? You will.
If you have no cable and the OTA channels will only suffice if you have your TV on but you are primarily concentrating on other things. If you concentrate on what’s on right now BESIDES OTA, you will then start streaming…Why is this wireless signal keep saying it’s BUFFERING ? Let’s try the second tv. Maybe the first was a bad connection. NOPE ! The buffering has gotten worse and Johnny’s computer screen has just frozen up.
I’ll continue this a little later, if you wish, or you can figure out without my help just how much this is really going to cost…
This is just off the top of my head so a little research might still be in order.