Hulu has announced a drop in price, making their service a bit more affordable as long as you're not big on the live TV part.
The company announced on Wednesday that, as of February 26, customers will pay $5.99 instead of $6.99 for their basic tier, with new billing cycles for existing customers to begin after January 26.
So, as long as you're okay with seeing ads and just want on-demand video, then you should be set to save two extra dollars every month.
The ad-free service will still cost $11.99 monthly while the Hulu + Live TV Bundle will cost $4.99 more per month, taking the total to $44.99 for the period.
"Hulu subscribers can stream more than 85,000 episodes of on-demand television, thousands of movies and award-winning Hulu Originals with ads, now for $5.99 per month," Wednesday's announcement reads.
"Fans can enjoy current hits like The Good Doctor, Killing Eve, This is Us, Atlanta and Grown-ish as well as award-winning Hulu Originals like The Handmaid’s Tale, Marvel’s Runaways, Future Man and Castle Rock. Plus, Hulu is the exclusive streaming home to every season of beloved and current series including ER, Lost, King of the Hill, 30 Rock, Family Guy, Seinfeld, South Park, Curious George and many more.
"Hulu’s new pricing will go into effect beginning February 26 for new subscribers. Existing subscribers will see these changes reflected in their subsequent billing cycle after February 26."
The basic price drop comes at a time when Netflix is upping subscriptions; so yeah, it does seem like a thinly-veiled dig at their rivals. But the Live TV hike is poorly timed, given that YouTube just launched nationwide coverage at $40 per month. Other competitors such as DirecTV also charge $40 a month.
If you're looking for originals and exclusive programming, then Hulu seems like the way to go, especially cheaper Hulu. But it should be a harder sell if users simply want the popular shows from other networks.