TV streaming service Hulu is going subscription-only

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Aug 8, 2016

Do you enjoy Hulu’s collection of classic and new television series, with titles like 12 Monkeys, Once Upon a Time, The X-Files and Farscape—all completely free? If so, brace yourselves.

Hulu is now a subscription-only service. That’s right. What was once free as in beer is now costly, as in imported craft beer.

According to TVLine, “For the past couple years, we’ve been focused on building a subscription service that provides the deepest, most personalized content experience possible to our viewers,” Ben Smith, Hulu senior vice president and head of experience, said in a statement. “As we have continued to enhance that offering with new originals, exclusive acquisitions, and movies, the free service became very limited and no longer aligned with the Hulu experience or content strategy.”

But it’s not all bad news: You can still watch the five most recent episodes of shows from ABC, NBC and Fox, thanks to a partnership between Hulu and Yahoo, called Yahoo View.

Viewers who don’t want to walk away from hard-to-find classics like Toho’s Godzilla ouevre or Hulu’s original programming will have two choices. $7.99 a month gives you Hulu’s movies and television shows with commercials; it's $11.99 without.

Or you could do what I’ll be doing: waiting for a more compelling time to strike. And that will be in 2017, when Hulu airs The Handmaid’s Tale and Dimension 404.

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