How to record live TV using Cloud DVR in Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV lets you stream live TV from a wide selection of broadcast and cable networks. But, who sits around all day watching TV? You can have the joy of live TV and the convenience of watching it whenever you want thanks to Hulu's Cloud DVR service.

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What is Cloud DVR for Hulu with Live TV?

Cloud DVR in Hulu with Live TV is basically a way to make anything that's not available on-demand, available on-demand. You can add movies and TV shows that are scheduled to air on specific times and dates to your "My Stuff" section, and when the content airs, Cloud DVR will record it automatically. It will then be available in your My Stuff list to watch whenever you want.

The base subscription ($39.99) for Hulu with Live TV comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. You can upgrade to Enhanced Cloud DVR, which gives 200 hours of storage, for $14.99 per month.

How to record live TV with Cloud DVR in Hulu with Live TV

It's easier than you think. As you're browsing through content, you just have to add movies and TV shows to your My Stuff section. As they air, they will become available for you to watch.

  1. Open the Hulu for Live TV app on iPhone or iPad, or the Hulu app on Apple TV.
  2. Select a TV show or movie that is available through Live TV, but not available on-demand.
  3. Go to the description of the TV show or movie.
  4. Click on My Episodes or My Stuff.

That's all you have to do. When the movie or TV show airs, it will automatically be recorded.

How to watch recorded shows and movies in Hulu with Live TV

Once a movie or TV show is finished record, you can watch it at any time. New TV shows you have selected to record will also be recorded and added to My Stuff. So, if you're behind on your shows, you can watch everything you've been saving up.

  1. Open the Hulu for Live TV app on iPhone or iPad, or the Hulu app on Apple TV.
  2. Select My Stuff. On Apple TV, it's in the upper left corner. On iPhone or iPad, its at the bottom. It looks like a box with a check mark inside.

  1. Select TV Shows if you want to watch a TV show or Movies if you want to watch a movie.
  2. Select the TV show or movie you want to watch.
  3. Play the TV show or movie you want to watch.

How to remove recorded shows from Cloud DVR in Hulu in Live TV

Your Cloud DVR storage might start to fill up pretty fast, especially if you've only got 50 hours of storage. Hulu will automatically remove older content as you start to run out of space, but you can also manually remove content you've recorded.

  1. Open the Hulu for Live TV app on iPhone or iPad, or the Hulu app on Apple TV.
  2. Select My Stuff. On Apple TV, it's in the upper left corner. On iPhone or iPad, its at the bottom. It looks like a box with a check mark inside.

  1. Scroll all the way to the right and select Manage DVR. It's the last section in My Stuff.
  2. Select the Remove icon next to the title you want to remove. It looks like a circle with a minus symbol inside.
  3. Select Delete when prompted to confirm that you want to delete the title.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about recording, watching, and deleting TV shows and movies in Hulu for Live TV? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

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8 Comments
  • Can all HULU channels be DVR'd and can anything in the DVR be stopped, rewound and fast forwarded past commercials?
  • All Hulu channels can be recorded. If you upgrade to the Enhanced Cloud DVR plan, you can rewind and fast-forward past commercials. Though there are some restrictions here when watching a show while it's airing live.
  • Can I set the Hulu DVR to record the same show each week or do I have to set each individual episode to record?
  • When you add a TV show to your My Stuff list, it stays on that list until you remove it. Episodes are found in the TV show's details page.
  • How can I remove a show from My Stuff that I once wanted to record and now want it removed. I unchecked the + sign but the show is still listed
  • Happened to me as well. I finally had to click on the show, when it went to details, I had to touch the episode in the top right hand corner...there were 3 dots there. then uncheck MY EPISODES. It finally disappeared.
  • OMG Great service, I just cut the cord, So will it only add New Episodes to the DVR or repeats as well? Also Do I need to select the same show for different channels? When I added Modern Family for instance does not seem to be adding all episodes and I had to add the episodes individually. LOVE the service thanks.
  • Love the service, but I had issues learning the DVR. The Fliptray only appears in the app on your phone...if you cast to your tv, it disappears. The only way to get it again, is to disconnect from the tv, tap the episode again, then it's there. From there, you can (+) and it adds it to My Stuff where it will be recorded. As I understand it, if you add a series, it will only record NEW episodes. If you want re-runs, you'll have to add those individually.