Spotify brings Hulu’s ad-based plan at no cost to all US subscribers

Not a week goes by without a Spotify announcement. Just as we’ve recently learned that the Swedish music-service’s mobile app will come preloaded on Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and other new devices, news broke this morning that the firm is now offering Hulu’s ad-supported plan to Spotify subscribers in the United States at no additional charge.

This new perk goes into effect today.

It’s available to all Spotify Premium customers, existing or new, in the US through June 10, 2019 or while supplies last, excluding those on Spotify’s family plan.

With this announcement, Spotify Premium, a $10 per month value, now offers combined access to not only music and podcasts, but also Hulu TV shows and movies.

The Hulu With Limited Commercials tier was lowered a few weeks ago to $6 per month when purchased as a standalone subscription, down from $8 per month.

If you’re a Spotify subscriber, you’ll need to connect Hulu to your Spotify account via the Your Services page in your account settings. If you already get Hulu through Spotify, you’ll enjoy the aforementioned savings without having to do anything. If you don’t have Spotify Premium, you must first cancel your Hulu billing before setting it up on Spotify to receive the discount.

Keep in mind that this offer excludes other Hulu add-ons so, for example, you won’t be able to watch premium channels like HBO or Showtime by connecting your Hulu and Spotify accounts, not even if you already have a $5 per month student Spotify/Hulu bundle.

Spotify has doubled-down on podcasts, exclusives and other enhanced content to boost the appeal of its market-leading service at a time when Apple Music’s been catching up to it globally, having surpassed Spotify last summer in terms of US subscriptions.

Spotify and Hulu also offer bundles to eligible college students who can pay just pay five bucks per month to get a Spotify Premium subscription ($10 per month), a Hulu With Limited Commercials plan ($6 per month) and a Showtime subscription ($11 per month).