Hulu Raised Its Prices Recently—But Here’s the Hack to Get a Free Subscription

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With thousands of TV shows, including PEN15, Only Murders in the Building and The Handmaid’s Tale, it makes sense why users want to know how much Hulu costs and what deals it has to subscribe to the service for even cheaper.

Hulu launched in October 2007 as a streaming service owned by NBC Universal and The Walt Disney Company. Since its launch, Hulu’s library boasts more than 1,650 TV shows and 2,500 movies, making it one of the most expansive streaming services out there. As of 2021, Hulu has more than 42.8 million subscribers, making it one of the op six streaming platforms in the United States, alongside Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max and Peacock.

Along with its streaming service, Hulu also offers a live TV plan, Hulu+ With Live TV, that includes more than 75 live TV channels, such as ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. The name Hulu comes from two Mandarian words, húlu (calabash) and hùlù (interactive recording). When the service launched, Hulu’s CEO at the time, Jason Kilar, explained that the name came from a Chinese proverb: “Hulu is Mandarin for gourd. And so when we were launching Hulu, we thought, ‘what a great name that is.’ And it had this great sort of symbolism of the holder of precious things, which is the holder of premium content. So that’s why we named it Hulu,” he said at the time.

So those are the basics of Hulu. But how much does Hulu cost and what deals are there to subscribe for cheap (if not free)? Read on for how much Hulu costs per month and our tips and tricks to save even more $$$.

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How much does Hulu cost?

Hulu’s cost starts at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year (which saves users about $14) for its ad-supported plan. Hulu’s no-ads plan costs $12.99 per month. Hulu also offers a student discount for $1.99 per month fo its ad-supported plan (which saves users $5 per month or $60 per year.) Users can also subscribe to The Disney Bundle, which includes Hulu’s ad-supported plan, Disney+ and ESPN+ for $13.99 per month. The bundle saves users about $8 per month from subscribing to each service individually.

Along with their Hulu subscription, users can also add on premium subscriptions to HBO Max ($14.99 per month), Cinemax ($9.99 per month), Showtime ($10.99 per month) and Starz ($8.99 per month.)

How much does Hulu+ Live TV cost?

Hulu+ With Live TV costs $64.99 per month for its ad-supported plan and $70.99 per month for its no-ads plan.

Does Hulu have a free trial?

Hulu offers a 30-day free trial. Read on for instructions on how to sign up for Hulu’s free trial.

  1. Visit Hulu.com.
  2. Click “Start Your Free Trial.”
  3. Select your plan: Hulu’s ad-supported plan or Hulu’s no-ads plan.
  4. Enter your information and payment method.
  5. Start watching with Hulu’s free trial!

Does Hulu Live TV have a free trial?

Hulu+ With Live TV offers a seven-day free trial. Read on for instructions on how to sign up for Hulu+ With Live TV’s free trial.

  1. Visit Hulu.com.
  2. Click “Start Your Free Trial.”
  3. Select your plan: Hulu+ With Live TV
  4. Enter your information and payment method.
  5. Start watching with Hulu+ With Live TV’s free trial!

How to watch Hulu for free

After Hulu’s tree trial ends, there’s still a way to subscribe to the service for free. Read on for our tips and tricks to watch Hulu at no cost.

Verizon’s Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ Bundle

If you’re a Verizon customer (or know someone who is), there is another free option. For a limited time, customers with unlimited plans, such as Get More Unlimited and Play More Unlimited, have access to Verizon’s complimentary The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. Disney+ and ESPN are nice, but Hulu for free is the real reward here.

So how do you claim your free Hulu subscription? Well, Verizon has a FAQ here that explains the steps a Verizon customer needs to take to access Disney+ for free, but here’s the gist: Go to My Verizon site or the My Verizon App. In the app, go to the Plans & Devices page and click Explore Adds. On the site, choose Account on the top menu and click Add Ons & Apps.

There, customers will be able to choose The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. After choosing the bundle, click Get It Now. Enter the email address you want to use for your subscriptions, check your email for confirmation and voila. You can now watch Hulu for free.

What’s on Hulu?

Hulu offers more than 1,650 TV shows and 2,500 movies, including original programs like The Handmaid’s Tale; Nine Perfect Strangers; Only Murders in the Building; Little Fires Everywhere; Love, Victor; Normal People; PEN15; Ramy; The Great; and Dollface. Hulu subscribers can also subscribe to new episodes from FOX, NBC and ABC TV shows the day after they air. TV shows that are available to stream next day include The Bachelor, Grey’s Anatomy, The Masked Singer, The Voice and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 

What’s on Hulu Live TV?

Hulu+ With Live TV offers everything Hulu has, along with more 75 channels that users can watch live. Those channels include ABC, CBS, FOX, Lifetime, Disney Channel, Bravo, HGTV, E!, Nickelodeon and dozens of others. Along with live channels, Hulu+ With Live TV also offers 50 hours of DVR footage that users can use to record TV shows, movies and other live TV events, as well as TV shows that aren’t available on Hulu’s regular plan.

Sign up for Hulu or Hulu+ With Live TV‘s free trials at Hulu.com.

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