Hulu ups their game in battle against Netflix, Amazon; releases ad-free option

hulu -For years, we have considered Hulu to be both a good and bad streaming option. The positive side of things is that unlike other properties like Netflix and Amazon, you can watch a wide array of programming just a matter of hours after it first airs on network TV. Therefore, there is no need to wait a long stretch of time if you fashion yourself someone who is extremely impatient. However, the massive downside comes via commercials. If you are a fan of “Seinfeld,” for example, why would you want to pay $7.99 a month to watch repeats of something in the same exact way that you could watch it on syndicated TV?

Well today, Hulu announced that they are adding a new ad-free option to their service, where for $11.99 you can get the majority of their programming completely without commercial breaks. (There are some exceptions, where you will still have to watch an ad entering the program and one at the very end.)

This price point is $4 more a month, and this is immediately available to anyone who wants to subscribe to the service.

For the most part, we have to give Hulu some props here for what is a pretty brilliant move to give cord-cutters another option to get the content they want without the inconveniences that go along with it. While it may be more expensive than a Netflix or an Amazon, you are getting TV content for the most part much faster, and it is still more affordable than HBO NOW. It may not be worth it if you already have a robust TV plan with a DVR, but we’re curious to see how this does.

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