It hasn't been a great week for Netflix. First, the streaming giant lost some top-notch movies to Hulu thanks to renegotiated deals, then, Amazon announced that Prime customers can now access its video library offline.
Netflix currently has way more subscribers than Hulu (Netflix has 42 million, Hulu has 9 million) and a big part of that is because users don't have to suffer through ads and commercials like they do on Hulu. But that could all be changing soon since Hulu announced that it will be offering an completely ad-free version, for $12 per month.
Currently, anyone can log onto Hulu.com and watch current episodes of select TV shows and movies for free, but there are lots of commercials. Hulu Plus subscribers pay $8 per month for programming with limited ads, but they are still there.
This new commercial-free version of Hulu for $12 won't show ads, with exceptions. According to Deadline, certain shows will have a "15-second pre-roll ad and a 30-second post roll." These shows are "New Girl," "Scandal," "How To Get Away With Murder," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."
What else does Hulu have to offer? A new deal with Epix entertainment network is bringing newer blockbusters like "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "World War Z" to Hulu.
Not to be outdone by Netflix and Amazon's original programming, Hulu also announced that it is investing in its own line of original content, "including Difficult People (a comedy from Amy Poehler), The Way (a drama from Jason Katims), Casual (a comedy from Jason Reitman) and 11/22/63 (a limited series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King)."
How does Hulu's new service stack up against the others? Netflix is ad-free and costs $8 per month; HBOGO is ad-free and subscriptions will set you back at $16 per month; The new online service from Showtime is $10.99; and an Amazon Prime subscription is $99 per year, but also includes other perks.
Are you going to pay the difference and subscribe to the ad-free Hulu? Let me know what you think by posting in the comments below.