September 3 2015

Hulu finally lets you do away with ads for a fee

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At long last, the ads are gone from Hulu… if you’re willing to pay for it.

As a recent cord cutter, Hulu has become a staple of my TV watching for current shows. I already pay $7.99 a month for Hulu Plus so I can watch its offerings on my TV, but now I’m going to be kicking in an extra $4 a month for a feature I feel should have been there all along.

Even when you pay for Hulu you still have to deal with ads. True, the ad breaks aren’t as long as they are on TV, but they are still there. With the fall TV season rapidly approaching – my first since cutting the cord – I will be using the service even more, so the timing of Wednesday’s announcement that for $11.99 a month you can do away with the ads couldn’t have been timed better.

But then when I went to upgrade my account something odd appeared.

Due to streaming rights, the shows below are not included in our No Commercials plan. You can still watch these shows interruption-free. They will play with a short commercial before and after each episode. The shows are: Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, New Girl, Grimm and How To Get Away With Murder.

I have no clue why this is, and at least they aren’t in the shows themselves. It would be easy to figure out if they all came from one network, but they are spread between ABC, Fox and NBC, so the reason for this is very much a mystery to me.

Either way, no, I’m not thrilled about paying another $4 a month, but to watch my shows without interruption I’ll bite the bullet and do it.

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