Hulu isn’t a bad service but it has long been overshadowed by both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, only offering two things above and beyond its competitors: one, immediate access to live seasons of TV, and two, a free streaming option.
And now one of those two advantages is being gutted.
In short, Hulu wants to be more like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video — licensing exclusive deals, incorporating into its library, and developing new and original content.
By 2017, Hulu even hopes to launch a streaming service that lets you watch live TV. Pricing details aren’t available for that yet.
But if you’re a free user of Hulu, the world isn’t over yet! Most of its free content will be shifting to Yahoo View, a new ad-supported platform that will air the latest five episodes of various shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox (but with an eight-day delay after airing).
Yahoo View is already live, but expect to see more shows added to its library over the next few weeks as Hulu phases out its free option.
How do you feel about this change to Hulu? Will you be switching to Yahoo View? Or will you be subscribing to Hulu instead? Let us know your thoughts below!