You can now watch your favorite TV shows on Hulu without advertising, but it’s going to cost you a little more per month.
In a move surely influenced by Netflix, Hulu has announced a new ad-free subscription that will cost you $11.99 per month. Their existing premium service with annoying commercials scattered throughout your favorite television shows still costs $7.99 per month.
Hulu’s ad-free service will surely be a tempting upgrade for those of you who rely on the streaming site to stay up-to-date on your favorite television shows. Unlike Netflix, new episodes of most shows are released on Hulu the day after they air on television.
Edit: We’ve learned that there will still be ads on select shows at the $11.99 level.
There will be a 15-second ad at the beginning and a 30-second ad at the end of New Girl, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, and Grimm. All other shows will be ad-free.
For those who’ve already cut the cord, this may be a dream come true. No ads attached to new episodes of your shows? Glorious! The only problem is that you can’t watch live with the majority of viewers, meaning you won’t be able to join in on the live-tweeting fun unless you append the “#DelayedTweet” hashtag to your tweets (That’s an important rule — don’t forget to do that.)
Hulu boasts that their $7.99 subscription includes fewer commercials than standard television, but in our opinion the exact numbers don’t matter. If you’re streaming content in this Netflix era, it feels weird to run into ads, no matter how few there are.
As noted in their press release announcing the ad-free service, Hulu has been on a tear lately with big acquisitions and moves. They recently acquired Epix, which will give their customers access to Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount content. Hulu also has exclusive rights to the full libraries of Seinfeld, Empire, Fargo, South Park, CSI, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Nashville.
Will you be signing up for Hulu Plus Plus*?
Hit the comments to let us know. We’re genuinely curious!
*Our name for the new service, not Hulu’s.