News Flash Hulu Plus No Longer Exists

News Flash Hulu Plus No Longer Exists

Almost every other day you see one article or another posted on the Internet about Hulu Plus

Apparently, someone did not receive the memo. Hulu stopped calling itself Hulu Plus since June of 2015 when they officially changed their name to just plain Hulu.

It's not their fault really, apparently millions of other people still think it's called Hulu Plus and this seems to be what they search for when looking for Hulu.

Even Hulu still has their website listed under Hulu Plus in Google. Try this search, to see the results. Hulu Plus is the second name that comes up. When you click their link it actually redirect you over to the website.

This is what Hulu said in their press release back then about dropping the Plus from their name.

“We’ve had a blast with our old friend Plus but it’s time to move on. We just wanted to let you know that we are retiring the Hulu Plus name. From now on, we will just be known as Hulu. No “Plus.”

Hulu Free Now Yahoo View

It used to you could watch a free ad supported version of Hulu on a computer but not on your Roku. In August of 2016 Hulu decided to drop this service just like they did the Plus in their name. But all was not lost because they made a deal to power Yahoo's streaming service with their ad supported content.

Hulu Free is now Yahoo View and there you can watch current episodes of your favorite shows.

Unfortunately, there is no Yahoo View Roku channel that will let you watch this same content on your Roku. If you want to watch Hulu free through Yahoo View, you will need to watch it on your computer, mobile web app or on a mobile app for iOS.

As great as this sounds,  Free watchers will quickly learn this is nothing like the Free Hulu was. Content is very limited and there are mostly teaser shows and plenty of ads that try to sign you up for the paid version of Hulu.

You can try it for yourself although chances are you will soon be looking for a paid solution from Hulu or another streaming TV provider.

Hulu With Ads and Ad Free

When you want to take your Hulu watching to the next level you will need to decide if you want to watch with or without ads.

The only thing that separates the two is just a a little more money every month. If you absolutely can't stand watching ads, the $11.99/month Hulu option is the best way to go.

Don't mind watching ads? Then the Hulu $7.99 version which shows limited ads at the start of a show may be perfect for you. Except as nice as this sounds, it's not what you get. Instead you will be blasted with ads at least 5X during an hour long show. Pretty much just like cable TV.

Hulu claims most of the customers choose the more expensive package and forgo the ads all together. Well, almost all the ads, There are still several shows that still contain a few ads even if you pay the higher fee to watch Hulu ad-free.

Hulu Live TV

Hulu recently launched their Live TV streaming service to a rather limited audience. Roku and Fire TV owners will need to wait a little while. But if you own an iOS iDevice, Apple TV Chromecast and Xbox One, as well as Android  devices.

Their service will include 50 channels for $39.99/month. You will also get 50 hours of cloud DVR recording space and can use six individual Hulu profiles but with two streams at a time. If you had visions of sharing this service with 10 of your buddies, you will be out of luck.

Hulu Live also gives you access to all the Hulu on-demand content along with a nicer, newly updated interface.

You have to wonder if cord cutters really still want live TV with their barrage of commercials? On demand TV spoils you pretty fast and watching an entire season over several weeks is pretty nice. It remains to be seen if these more expensive Live TV services catch on. If there isn't as much interest as their was for their much lower on demand package, we may even see prices continue to fall.

Watch Hulu Live

Hulu offers several plans. Live TV only gives you a one week Free Trial. Hulu Limited Commercials or No Commercials give you a 30/day trial.

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