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In this post, I’ll provide my top recommendations for best universal remotes for Hulu + Live TV for each type of streaming device you can use to run Hulu: Smart TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, Chromecast, and even Nvidia shield.
Huuuulu! Er, I mean helloooo! And welcome to my blog—that features everything you could possibly want to know about universal remotes.
Without further ado, let’s jump in.
What Are the Best Universal Remotes for Hulu + Live TV?Hulu, Hulu Hulu. It’s fun to say.
Do you know what’s not so fun?
Trying to navigate around Hulu + Live TV with that dog of a remote that came with your Smart TV.
Or worse, maybe you are fiddling with that crazy one that the cable company gave you.
Well, don’t despair. I’m here to rescue you from the usability abyss with five great universal remotes you can use for Hulu +Live TV.
What are the best universal remotes for Hulu + Live TV? It depends on the device you are using to watch Hulu:
- For Smart TVs: Harmony 950
- For Apple TV: Harmony Elite
- For Fire Stick: Harmony Express
- For Roku: Harmony Companion
- For Chromecast: Amazon Fire 8 Tablet
- For nVidia Shield [Bonus!]: Caavo Control Center
For Smart TVs: Logitech Harmony 950
The Logitech Harmony 950 is an outstanding universal remote for controlling your home entertainment devices. This makes it a great candidate for controlling Hulu Live TV directly via your Smart TV’s Hulu app [if available on the TV you own]. And with Harmony’s massive database supporting over 275,000 devices from 5,000 brands, chances are you will be able to control Hulu Live TV via your Smart TV or virtually any other streaming device.
- One-touch “Activities” like Watch Hulu can automatically power on the appropriate devices and switch directly to Hulu + Live TV.
- Full-color LCD touchscreen
- Consolidate up to 15 remotes
- Simple PC-based setup
- Less expensive than Harmony Elite
- Doesn’t control smart home devices [see the Harmony Elite below]
- Can’t control devices stored in cabinets [see the Harmony Elite below]
For Apple TV: Harmony Elite
The Logitech Harmony Elite is, well, the most elite remote control you can buy today, bar none. It will let you control up to 15 entertainment devices, streaming media players, and smart devices too. You can configure a Harmony activity for Hulu so that tapping the “Watch Hulu” button on the color LCD screen fires up Hulu and all required components. This could include your TV, Apple TV or Roku box or Fire Stick, a stereo receiver, and a soundbar /surround sound setup. At the same time, the activity could also power up your smart bulbs or bias lights and set them to a cool blue. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control of activities and key commands. If you want an Alexa remote on steroids, check out my write up on the Harmony Express next. Yes, you can also use it to control Apple TV with Alexa.
- Control both home entertainment and smart devices
- Create a ‘Watch Hulu’ activity for one-button access to Hulu
- Beautiful color LCD screen with haptic feedback
- All of the buttons are backlit
- Updated user-friendly design
- It’s more pricey than other Harmony remotes
Modern Classic slays it with their review of the Harmony Elite [both the good and the bad]:
For Fire TV Stick: Harmony Express
Logitech Harmony Express is the newest member of the Harmony residential line. Logitech partnered up with Amazon to build Alexa right into the remote. Yes, that’s right, you don’t need to purchase a separate Echo device to control Hulu on Fire Stick using your voice. The Harmony Express will also work with the other streaming services listed here for voice control. Once you get it set up, which is easy following Harmony’s improved setup process, you can simply tell Alexa things like “Turn on the TV and Watch Hulu Live. As of this writing, it looks like Amazon has substantially discounted the Express, so if you want to get one you might be able to get an outstanding deal.
- Control TV and Hulu using your voice
- Control wi-fi and Bluetooth enabled devices, as well as traditional home theater equipment;
- Works with devices stored in your entertainment center (does not require line of sight).
- “Alexa” wake word is not required
- Need to press a button on remote before issuing commands
- Limited controls on the remote itself
For Roku: Harmony Companion
The Harmony Companion is very popular with my colleagues in the electronics and gadget reviews arena, including CNET, Wirecutter, Techhive, and even Tom’s Guide. They must all be too cheap to pony uy the cash for the Harmony Elite. LOL. Anyhow, this remote basically IS the Harmony Elite, minus the color LCD touch screen. You can use it to control home theater as well as smart devices, and it will also work with Alexa for voice control. You also get access to the “companion” Harmony app, which in effect gives everyone in your household a remote for their smartphones that they can customize to their unique preferences. I have a preference for my Elite, but if you have a limited budget and want a great Roku remote [like my reviewer friends], this a great option.
- Most features of the Harmony Elite at a much lower cost
- Works with Alexa and Google Assitant for limited voice control commands
- Harmony app converts household smartphones for family members into their own personal remotes
- No color LCD screen like on the Elite
- Six home control buttons are limited to certain activities
For Chromecast: Amazon Fire 8 Tablet
It has long been a gripe with Chromecast users that there is no remote control that ships with the streaming media player. Worse, you can’t fully control Chromecast using a universal remote like Logitech Harmony [or any universal remote for that matter]. Google intentionally designed Chromecast so that it can be controlled using your smartphone.
However, it is annoying to not have a standalone remote for avid smartphone users because if you get a call or want to text [or check your blog stats like me], you need to launch the app to control your Hulu set up. The solution? Buy a dedicated phone or tablet and use that to control Chromecast. I like Amazon Fire tablets. They are less expensive than iPads and you can use them for a lot more than the remote. My buddy uses one to control his Hulu live TV and it is really cool as a remote. You will need to make a small hack to get it to work though. Here is a link to what you need to do.
- The large tablet interface is user-friendly and looks cool
- Can use the tablet for other activities when not using it as a remote
- Navigating the TV with a tablet will take some getting used to for some users
For Nvidia Shield: Caavo Control Center
Popular with avid gamers, the nVidia Shield streaming media player will let you download and play games, stream content, and even cut the cord with Hulu Live TV. Sure, you can use any Harmony remote and create activities of things to turn on along with Hulu Live TV but for nVidia, I like Caavo Control Center as another great option. Why? Caavo has a great search feature that lets you search across Hulu and all of your favorite services (like Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and others). Since many gamers also subscribe to multiple streaming services, this makes it an excellent choice.
- Ability to search across multiple streaming services, including Hulu
- Curated content with detailed recommendations about what to watch
- Limited support for up to five devices
- Lower cost monthly subscription [balk]; I recommend you go with the more expensive “Lifetime Kit” for that reason
Lon.Tv Extras does a nice job with its unboxing video of the Caavo Control Center:
Best Universal Remotes for Hulu + Live TV: Your Take?
OK, ok so what do you think about my recommended remotes for Hulu + Live TV?
Most of these remotes will work with Hulu regardless of the streaming device you are using to watch Hulu.
How are you navigating Hulu currently? Do you plan to upgrade that remote to a better option?
I hope you will leave me a comment below and let me know. Cheers.
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About the Author
Tim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger
Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 25 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing about universal remotes, Tim is also a regular contributor over at oneSmartcrib.com, a smart home blog. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.