Unlike Amazon and Netflix who stream commercial-free movies and television shows in exchange for a monthly fee, Hulu’s existing $7.99 per month plan includes limited advertising. Wednesday, Hulu unveiled a new monthly plan that gets rid of all advertising for an extra $4 a month.
As noted in Hulu’s media release, commercial-free viewing is available to both new and existing customers for a monthly fee of $11.99.
“Choose to watch your favorite shows across all of your devices through our new No Commercials plan for $11.99/month or through our existing Limited Commercials plan for $7.99/month,” reads the blurb.
Due to streaming rights, some shows are not included in the new plan, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, New Girl, Grimm and How To Get Away With Murder.
The fine print notes that subscribers can still watch these shows interruption-free, though a short commercial will play before and after each episode. As mentioned, Hulu’s $7.99 per month plan with limited commercials remains available.
“For viewers who choose to watch content with limited commercials, Hulu will continue to show fewer commercials than scheduled television,” Hulu said. A Showtime premium add-on is available for an additional $8.99 per month.
The service recently signed a multi-year agreement with EPIX to bring premium and hit films from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount to Hulu for the first time. In addition, Hulu is making some strong investment in original programming.
They also signed deals with such networks as AMC, FX and Turner and acquired the exclusive subscription streaming rights to full libraries of hit broadcast and cable shows including Seinfeld, Empire, Fargo, South Park, CSI, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Nashville, Deadliest Catch, The Last Ship and more.
The service claims nine million subscribers in the United States, an overall fifty percent growth year over year.
Hulu is available across a range of many different platforms, including on your desktop via a browser, through the Apple TV, as well as on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad hardware via a free of charge iOS app.