Bye Bye Free Hulu And Hello Yahoo…View?

Yes you read that right the streaming service co-owned by Walt Disney, 21st Century Fox, Comcast, and as of last week, Time Warner is dumping it’s free tier in an almost parallel move that in the end may benefit the non paying consumer. Hulu will still have advertising. The two current paid tiers — $7.99 a month with some ads and completely ad-free at $11.99 a month — are going to stay. The free tier being eliminated didn’t have nearly the library of either of these paid options, and it was web only. For now Yahoo View will also be desktop web only, although the company promised in its announcement that a mobile website and app are coming(Let’s Hope Android TV?). Hulu’s ownership reduces friction with its own TV advertisers and positions Verizon, which just acquired Yahoo, as a source of substantial future revenue. This new structure helps to remove some of that friction, creating a standalone Hulu that is accessible only to paying subscribers, while preserving the free option under the umbrella of a different corporation.

Anthony Garera

Anthony is a 4th year student attending Western Carolina University studying Computer Information Systems with a passion for technology and being an early adopter, also an Android Enthusiast. Devices - Nexus 6P, Huawei Watch, Nexus 7(2013), 13' Retina Macbook Pro, NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Google ADT-1, and Nexus Player.

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