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Hulu Nixes Free Service

Hulu Nixes Free Service
Hulu will do away with its free, ad-supported option in favor of paid subscriptions.

(CCM) — On Monday, Hulu announced that it would be ending its free service, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal. This means that loyal fans of the network television streaming service will no longer be able to watch their favorite ABC, NBC, and Fox shows for free in exchange for tolerating a few commercial breaks. Instead, their only options after the phaseout that will happen over the next few weeks will be between a monthly subscription fee of $7.99, which includes commercials, and one for $11.99, which does not. "Our limited free offering simply isn’t aligned with our focus on creating the best experience possible and delivering the best content we can to Hulu subscribers," said Hulu Senior Vice President and Head of Experience Ben Smith in a statement.

Oddly enough, Yahoo has also announced its new Yahoo View service, which will include free, ad-supported streaming content from Hulu. (Hulu will share ad revenue with Yahoo from this deal.) Free Hulu content also already appears elsewhere on the internet, including on the official websites of each show's network.

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