It’s official: Hulu’s new price for its base plan — $5.99 instead of $7.99 per month — took effect Tuesday for new subscribers and will take effect in the next bill cycle for existing subscribers.
This price drop makes Hulu’s base plan cheaper than any plan offered by Netflix, which last month announced its biggest price hikes to date.
Hulu also just raised the price of its plan that lets you watch and record live TV, however. That now costs $44.99 instead of $39.99 per month.
Fortunately, Hulu offers free trials and will let you cancel your plan subscription at any time, according to its website.
And Hulu is hardly the only alternative to Netflix.
Following are a few other examples of streaming services that offer options that are cheaper than Netflix’s Premium plan, which now costs $15.99.
Free streaming services
Let’s not forget that one alternative to Netflix — and paid programming in general — is simply to stop paying for it.
There are plenty of free streaming options out there, as we detail in our article on free movie streaming. One of these free services even offers live and on-demand access to premium TV channels.
Some TV shows and movies available through Prime Video are free — they’re listed on the “Included with Prime” webpage. Other titles you can rent or buy.
Prime members also have the option to buy add-on subscriptions to individual channels.
For example, you can add access to HBO for $14.99 per month or Showtime for $10.99 per month or Starz for $8.99 per month. Visit Amazon's main "Channels" webpage to view all available add-on subscriptions.
CBS All Access
CBS All Access also offers two subscription plans — and both cost less than most Netflix plans:
- The Limited Commercials plan is $5.99 a month via Amazon Prime. If you are not a Prime member, you can also subscribe via the CBS All Access website.
- The Commercial Free plan is $9.99 a month via Amazon Prime. You can also subscribe via the CBS All Access website.
For more information about the plans, visit Amazon’s CBS All Access webpage or the CBS All Access website.
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