Spotify Now Offers Hulu for Free — but Is It Better Than Netflix?

Could Spotify’s package deal boost Hulu’s growth?
  • Spotify Premium members will now have access to Hulu’s ad-supported plan at no additional cost.
  • The plan will cost eligible users $9.99 per month.
  • Hulu’s last months of 2018 were strong, indicating fierce competition with Netflix for subscribers.

Audiovisual fans got a nice treat from Spotify on March 12, when the streaming service announced that it would be offering Hulu’s ad-supported plan at no extra charge for Spotify Premium subscribers.

Media outlets consistently rank Hulu among the top 10 streaming services. Inc. even named Hulu its No. 1 pick for entertainment in May 2018. Does this latest move place Hulu at the top of the lot?

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Spotify Premium With Hulu

Per its website, Spotify will offer Hulu as part of its Premium package. The offer includes a free 30-day trial period, but after that it’s $9.99 a month.

Only new Spotify Premium users are eligible for the plan. If you’re already a Hulu-billed subscriber, you will have to switch your billing to Spotify.

The offer is good through June 10 or while supplies last.

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Hulu vs. Netflix

Spotify’s new bundle deal could, temporarily at least, settle the debate between which streaming service is better. Specific tastes in programming aside, it’s been a pretty stellar several months in Hulu’s favor. Shortly after Netflix announced it was increasing subscription costs, Hulu announced they’d be lowering the subscription price for their ad-supported plan to $5.99 per month from $7.99. Its ad-free plan sits at $11.99 per month.  

Check out how the subscriptions compare:

At a Glance: Netflix vs. Hulu

Streaming ServicePrice Per Month
Netflix30-Day Trial: Free
Basic: $8.99
Standard: $12.99
Premium: $15.99           
No ads in all plans
Capacity for multiple, simultaneous streaming
HuluWith ads: $5.99
Without ads: $11.99
Hulu Live TV: $44.99
Television option
Spotify option
Simultaneous streams available with Live TV option
Option to add Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, Starz

Furthermore, Hulu’s growing content library contributed to a strong growth year in 2018, with its subscriber gains outpacing Netflix’s. With Spotify’s bundle package, Hulu could be looking at another year of impressive growth.

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What’s the Best Streaming Service for You?

Figuring out what streaming service you want should be approached like any other consumer choice: Based on utility, costs and necessity (not that you need to watch TV). Here are some questions to ask yourself before committing to Hulu, Netflix or another streaming service:

  • What content do I enjoy and which services offer it?
  • How often do I plan on watching TV?
  • What are the costs?
  • Are there any trial promotions for new users?
  • Are there any cancellation fees?

And also: Do you enjoy live TV or a library of static, but original, content? For example, services such as Netflix and Hulu are great for all-around entertainment, and both are relatively inexpensive. However, between the two, only Hulu carries a Live TV option.

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