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RIP: Hulu’s Free Streaming Option Coming to an End

In the coming weeks, Hulu will be locked to subscription holders only, ending the days where folks could enjoy tons of free TV shows, with a few advertisements here and there. As for the cost of a subscription, Hulu charges $7.99/month with commercials and a $10.99/month plan that is commercial free. 

As Hulu looks to compete with services like Netflix and Amazon, it is reported that the company will launch a live-TV service next year in 2017. This service should feature a standard linear TV experience, complete with channels from parent companies. No exact details of the package or pricing have been confirmed.

While this news will be bad for anyone who was using Hulu’s free option to stream a bit of TV, you can still utilize Yahoo’s new View website. If Yahoo View sounds new to you, that’s because it very much is. Yahoo View is yet another ad-supported TV-streaming website that grants viewers access to the last five episodes from top TV shows, eight days after they air. To see what they have from Hulu, look here.

Will this news be affecting your daily regiment of TV intake?

Via: Variety
  • Kathleen Carter

    Tubi tv app iOS and Google play store
    It free and similar to Netflix or Hulu

  • Nothing says great quality streaming service like watching an intensely dramatic episode of 24 only to cut to a overly joyful commercial for Tampax Tampons.

    /s That’s what I enjoy, don’t know about gents.

  • alexz

    In other news, torrents are still ad-free.

  • FknTwizted

    You all are fools! You are probably too young to realize what they are doing… Cable when it was first brought to the masses was “Commercial Free” that was the selling hook and you paid a premium. Now fast forward to today. You pay for Cable and have a crap ton of ads. See the connection? Oh and don’t stop there the cable companies will turn around and start to limit how much usage you can have on their internet. You see it in all aspects of media…. Cell phones had the same model.

  • bkosh84

    Soo… Hulu doesn’t like subscribers I see.. Good to know.

    • JT3

      While I understand your point, it’s not the “subscribers” that they’re affecting. In fact, quite the opposite.

      I really don’t understand why content providers have such a problem with offering their shows online, especially since they can enforce commercials there. They make it extremely difficult to access their content, then cry victim when people pirate said content. On the flip side, I hate commercials, and am quite happy paying the $11.99 Hulu charges for commercial-free content (the article was incorrect when listing $10.99 as the price). I still don’t understand why these content providers don’t see this as a win-win. Offer content for free, with commercials, just as they do OTA, but charge a premium to leave off the commercials. Sounds obvious to me. Then you have content providers trying to charge for their content WITH commercials! (Looking at you, CBS!) Ludicrous!

  • yummy

    If you look in the mirror and see Homer Simpsons dad with circling flies, and thats the guy yelling at your ear, and you’ve got a tigers head, with a birds beak, and jet trails coming out the back, you dont need to spend on entotainment. Just watch out for the dingoes, they will steal your babies.

  • GreQ

    Im down with the Hulu. I watch it far more than Netflix. probably 10 to 1. I have Hulu, netflix and Amazon prime.

  • The commercial free paid version of Hulu is so very worth the price. As a cable cutter – Hulu is a staple in our house for all of our recent shows.

    • Ilya Kolodiychik

      This. I went from $80/month HD DVR from Time Warner to like $30 a month now that I got rid of SlingTV (good but not great and lacking channels – maybe I’ll try them again one day) and only use Netflix, Hulu and CBS All Access. Although, I need to figure out how to get NFL games ASAP.

  • Bane

    No loss. If I wanted to watch ads, I’d pay for cable TV. Ads are the reason I have never used Hulu and probably never will.

    • Ihavenewnike

      Thing that sucks is even the “Ad-Free” version has ads. Makes it almost pointless.

      • PoisonApple31

        Only on select shows, not everything you watch – and from what I have run into one ad before and after show in some cases. No interruption during the show – that is what matters.

        • Martharsievers

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        • h4rr4r

          No, what matters is if you want my money you don’t waste my time with advertising.
          Ad free means no ads. Having any ads makes the service not ad free.

          • Ilya Kolodiychik

            It’s not Hulu’s fault. For example, Marvel’s Agents of Shield was the only Hulu show on my list out of like 10 that had ads before and after…and it was because of Marvel stipulating it to Hulu in order for them to get it on their service.

            I’ll take a 30 second ad at the beginning of an hour episode over 3-4 commercials ALL DAY. You don’t have to watch the last ad obviously since the show is already done.

            Better to spend $11 on Hulu and $11 on NetFlix than $80 on Cable with tons of commercials.

          • h4rr4r

            That is their fault. Then they should not be charging money.
            Even better spend $11 on Netflix and $11 on amazon prime.

          • Ilya Kolodiychik

            Don’t agree. Out of all their shows, there are a tiny handful that require such ads due to the SHOWS creators stipulating as such in order to give streaming rights. If I wasn’t a Agents of Shield fan, I’d have like 9 other shows with ZERO commercials for $11. Can’t beat it.

            Hulu is AWESOME. As is Netflix and as is Prime (I have that also, waiting with anticipation for the release of The Grand Tour).

          • h4rr4r

            Then they should have turned down that deal.
            That is their fault.

            Amazon and Netflix offer hundreds if not thousands of shows with no commercials, as you know. I too am excited for new REAL Top Gear episodes aka The Grand Tour.

          • Ilya Kolodiychik

            But then cable cutters such as myself wouldn’t be able to see the show because it doesn’t stream anywhere else (as far as I know – at least new episodes).

          • h4rr4r

            There are other ways.
            Besides you have many times more than a human’s lifetime worth of content without it.

            If you want to play on their terms go for it. I won’t.

          • PoisonApple31

            Fair enough. Ad free means no ads – just like Unlimited Data means use as much data as you want, however you want. 😉

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    • Picaso86

      Kodi – that is all.

      • OhYeah!

        Plex, like Kodi but but it works and is so much simpler to set up and use.

        • Picaso86

          I have to look it up… Thanks.

    • michael arazan

      I love Hulu, their Ads Play Flawlessly, Unlike their TV shows. /s

      • Ilya Kolodiychik

        Never had an issue.

    • WAldenIV

      Can’t afford the extra $3 per month?

      • Bane

        No, I can’t. That’s why I pay for Netflix Ultra HD, Amazon Prime, YouTube Red, and several other services.


        • WAldenIV

          Then you could watch Hulu without ads. Moron.

          • Bane

            Except it’s not actually completely ad free and I don’t want to support them, Moron.

  • BoFiS

    I only ever started watching Hulu once I started paying for the ad-free Hulu Plus because I never had any desire to watch stuff, with ads, in my browser. I like watching TV on my TV, so I guess this makes sense, though it’s sad that ad-supported couldn’t work for them.

  • macewank

    Honestly only visited Hulu a few times in the past couple of years, but I’ll say there’s an exactly 0% chance I’ll subscribe to it. Cool for a quick hit, but there are way too many *legal* ways to watch this stuff without paying a monthly fee that I don’t see how it makes sense.

    • WAldenIV

      For cable subscribers, maybe. It’s a great option for cord cutters.

      • macewank

        Well. That’s sort of my point though. There’s a point where it’s probably cheaper to just go get Cable than it is to maintain a subscription to all of these services. One of the things I found valuable with Hulu was the ability to watch the shows with ads for free. Now that there’s a fee, this is just another monthly fee on top of the umpteen other ones.

        • WAldenIV

          $25 a month give or take is cheaper than cable.

  • jamdev12

    I would pay the $8 if they didn’t have that stupid commecial crap showing up every 10/12 minutes. If Netflix can do it, why can’t Hulu.

    • trixnkix637

      Very simple answer. Netflix isn’t showing episodes that just aired 24 hours prior. Or in some cases, it doesn’t show tv shows that air exclusively on Hulu (i.e. The Mindy Project)

    • James

      Netflix can’t do it (anymore) – at least not at $8 if you want HD.

    • WAldenIV

      Then pay the $11 for the commercial free option. That’s one less half-caff soy latte with almond milk per month.

  • chris debacker

    people still pay to watch movies and tv shows?

    • mog386

      Yes, because some of us don’t have a sense of entitlement that they should be given everything for free.

      Some of us recognize that it takes time and money to produce these shows and movies, and that at the very least some compensation should be given. No matter how little.

      • BobButtons

        While I agree with the sentiment, I’ve always found this argument flawed. Without fail, people who make this argument aren’t equally against lending media to friends & family, the use of libraries, or the giant resale market. They picket piracy (which has other reasons to do as well) saying ‘pay the creator!’ meanwhile fully supporting legal alternatives that don’t send a dime to said creator.

        • mog386

          Fair enough, you make a valid point.

          However, it’s still aggravating to hear people flaunt piracy and have an air of superiority because they don’t pay for it vs us that try to do the right thing.

          It’s a wierd twisted world when not paying for something makes you superior to those who do…

          • BobButtons

            And unfortunately media companies react to it in the wrong way. No matter how much protection they apply, 99.9% of content still becomes immediately available to pirates leaving those who are willing to pay with a drastically inferior product. Do you download the latest season of a show for your archive or do you pay for it resulting in owning a ‘license’ to access the content as they permit on the devices they permit for as long as they permit? They’re making it harder, not easier, to make the right choice.

          • MastermindDrew

            See it a the movies then buy it on VHS then DVD then Bluray then UHD. watch the watch previews of even when they have long been out of date. FBI piracy warning on each.

        • dave

          I disagree. I don’t think it’s flawed. Yes, while borrowing a movie from a friend, buying preowned, and borrowing from a library doesn’t actually pay the creator anymore than what they have it is very different. If nobody borrowed movies from a library then the library will stop buying movies, i.e. less money for the creators. If nobody bought preowned movies then fewer people would buy movies, i.e. less money for the creators. By accessing media legally you are supporting the “media economy” as a whole.

          • chris debacker

            I have no problem with supporting the creator and buying the movie legally but only if its worth buying. What if a movie comes out that looks good and you are looking forward to watching it in theaters or on dvd. But when you finally watch it the movie sucks. You have just supported the creator into making a terrible movie that many people ended up paying for. But if I download movies for free online and watch them and only end up buying the good ones on dvd or a digital version then I am only supporting the creators that release good movies instead of those who release low budget movies at a high price. And this has happened too many times over the past 10 years.

      • chris debacker

        Well if the movie producers want my money they should release a good movie worthy of buying. Why pay to see a movie that will probably suck? If the movie is good i will definitely buy it. But sometimes u wont know that until after u watch it.

    • How do you obtain your movies and TV shows? Illegally?

      • chris debacker

        I download a movie for free and only buy the ones i like. I guess u can say its illegal but if the movie is good i will still buy it.