By: Nick Gambino
After announcing a partnership last year that allowed subscribers to pay only $12.99 for Hulu and Spotify combined, the two companies are now sweetening the pot. They have just announced that for a limited time, subscribers of Spotify Premium will get Hulu for free.
Anyone who subscribes before June 10th will get access to this deal indefinitely. That means as long as you opt in before that date, you’re set. Now this combined plan doesn’t come without any catches, because why wouldn’t there be?
The plan restricts you from adding on any channels like HBO or Showtime to your account. So that means no Game of Thrones for you. The plan is pretty bare bones, which brings us to our next catch.
The Hulu plan will contain ads, which is a real bummer, and in my opinion a worthless plan. I walked away from Hulu for a while because of their incessant ads. When I eventually found my way back, I made sure to sign up for the ad-free plan. So for $9.99 a month you’ll get Spotify and Hulu with ads. Which isn’t bad price-wise, I just don’t think the ads make it worth it.
If it is worth it to you, you should sign up right now as there is a cap on how many subscribers can take advantage of this offer. We don’t know what the cap is, so hurry.
If you need some prompting to sign up for Hulu, here are five of the best shows you’ll gain access to.
Arguably the greatest sitcom of all time exclusively streams on Hulu. Seinfeld not only benefits from a strong cast of actors and comedians but also strong writing. Check out “The Contest” episode for an example of that. Larry David’s no-hugging and no-learning policy allowed the show to go places others dare not.
- The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is nothing short of a phenomenon. In a future where women’s rights and bodies are stripped bare to be used only as servants to society, this show is a cautionary tale and allegory of currently debated topics. The dystopian future drama is a Hulu original so can truly only be found on the streaming platform.
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Deemed the “modern Seinfeld,” It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia focuses on a group of n’er-do-wells who are as despicable as they come. Running an unsuccessful bar in Philly funded by millionaire Frank Reynolds, allows Dennis, Mac, Charlie and Dee plenty of time to get into all kinds of no good.
Like most FX shows, Archer was pulled from Netflix and can now only be found on Hulu. The 9th season just dropped and it’s as good as anything that has come before. Archer may have started out as an animated spy-genre parody, but the last few seasons have veered off to tackle different locations, themes and even time periods.
Based on the Coen Brothers movie of the same name, Fargo is TV at its absolute finest. Each season follows a different story and cast of characters but never strays from its black-comedy crime roots. With a 9.0 on IMDb and a who’s who of actors, this one has to be next on your list of shows to binge.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.