Hulu is shutting down its free streaming service.
The streaming company currently offers five of the most recent episodes of a current show for free, but viewers would see ads. Despite the library being quite small, many were fans of the free service. Now that it will fold, Hulu plans to offer paid subscription, according to Forbes.
Those who are already subscribed to the free service will be notified of the change in the coming days.
Ben Smith, Hulu senior VP and head of experience explained the move, saying: “For the past couple years, we've been focused on building a subscription service that provides the deepest, most personalized content experience possible to our viewers.”
The exec continued: “As we have continued to enhance that offering with new originals, exclusive acquisitions, and movies, the free service became very limited and no longer aligned with the Hulu experience or content strategy.”
The service will not be completely gone. It will instead be offered at a new site. Hulu's free service will now be on Yahoo, according to Variety.
Below are some of the shows that can be streamed on view.yahoo.com. All the shows have five episodes each that are free to watch.
- “The Bachelorette” Season 12
- “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 13
- “Naruto Shippuden”
- “MasterChef” Season 7
- “Bones” Season 11
- “Black-ish” Season 2
- “Quantico” Season 1
- “The Catch” Season 1
- “Empire” Season 2
- “America's Got Talent” Season 11
- “American Ninja Warrior” Season 8
- “Guilt” Season 1
- “Wayward Pines” Season 2
Those who want to purchase Hulu's subscription service can do so for $7.99 a month with commercials and $11.99 per month without ads. The streaming company will also offer a live-TV service in 2017, but pricing and packaging for it has yet to be announced.