Hulu has been offering its subscription service, Hulu Plus, for years, but regardless of whether viewers subscribed or not, there was never an option to watch the streaming website’s content ad-free. Until now.
Hulu announced on Wednesday that it will launch a new subscription tier for a monthly fee of $11.99 that will allow viewers to watch Hulu content commercial free. Anyone currently subscribed to Hulu Plus will still retain his or her subscription, with the option to upgrade for an additional $4 a month.
Netflix’s plans range from $7.99 to $11.99, while Amazon Prime Instant Video comes bundled with an Amazon Prime fee for $99 a year. The news comes after Amazon recently announced the ability to let subscribers download and watch movies and TV shows offline for iOS and Android devices. Both services have been ad-free, but don’t offer the immediacy of next-day episodes available on Hulu for currently airing series (save for select series on Amazon).
Hulu, as Amazon and Netflix have as well, has also bolstered its original content offerings. This includes producing new episodes of The Mindy Project and original series like Difficult People, The Awesomes, and 11/22/63.
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