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Hulu introduces ad-free plan for $12 per month—with a catch

by Brandon Russell | September 2, 2015September 2, 2015 10:00 am PST

Hulu Plus is great. What’s not great is when you’re watching a show—with your subscription—and you’re interrupted by a commercial for the 100th time. Aren’t I paying for your service so I don’t have to suffer through ads?

At long last, Hulu has finally come to its senses, introducing a new ad-free tier that costs $12 per month. Well, nobody said an ad-free Hulu would come cheap. The new plan finally puts Hulu on a par with services from Netflix and Amazon, neither of which force subscribers to sit through multiple commercial breaks.

If you’re already paying for an $8 ad-supported subscription from Hulu, and you absolutely detest commercials, the small jump in price might be worth it; it’ll especially be worth it if you’re a cord cutter. But at this rate, if you subscribe to multiple services, your bill at the end of the month will probably be pretty high. $12 for Hulu, $10 for Netflix, $20 for Sling TV, $15 for HBO Now, and $11 for Showtime’s streaming service. That doesn’t even count Amazon’s $100 per year fee, or a music streaming service, which is typically $10 a month.

Today’s news comes on the heels of a major deal Hulu signed with Epix, which will bring a number of high profile films to the service. And they’ll all be ad-free.

Even with the new $12 tier, however, there is one caveat: the fine print of Hulu’s site says ads will still play before and after certain shows.

Due to streaming rights, the shows below are not included in our No Commercials plan. You can still watch these shows interruption-free. They will play with a short commercial before and after each episode. The shows are: 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.

Can’t win them all.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...