Basic Hulu Plans Now Start At $7.99 Per Month

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Following a new price increase, the basic Hulu plans now start at $7.99 per month. Disney had already confirmed the increases were coming to its on-demand subscription service, and that the change was part of a wider string of price adjustments in 2022 that are being applied to all of the streaming services owned by the company.

Hulu offers two main packages. There’s the base service for those that just want access to the on-demand Hulu catalog with a choice between an ad-supported and Hulu (No Ads) plans. Then there’s the live TV side. A Hulu Live TV subscription not only unlocks access to a selection of live TV channels, but the Hulu on-demand library as well.

For those signing up to the library-only subscription, prices are now a little higher than they were before today. The standard, ad-supported Hulu plan now costs $7.99 per month. Hulu does also offer an annual plan and that has now increased to $79.99 per year. The changes represent a $1 increase for monthly subscribers and $10 per year for those signing up to the annual plan. For homes considering an ad-free subscription, Hulu (No Ads) now costs $14.99 per month, a $2 increase compared to the previous $12.99 per month cost. Hulu does not offer an annual Hulu (No Ads) option.

As mentioned, these Hulu price increases are part of a wider set of price changes affecting Disney-owned services. For example, ESPN Plus already saw its price increase in August of this year. Compared to Hulu, the ESPN price increase was far more substantial with the cost increasing from $6.99 per month to $9.99 per month. Completing the round of price increases, Disney Plus will also see its monthly subscription cost rise in December. At which point, Disney Plus will cost $10.99 per month (up from $7.99). At the same time, a new ad-supported version, priced at $7.99 per month, will become available.

For those interested in subscribing to all of these services, there is still the option to bundle them together at a discounted price. When bundling with ad-supported Hulu, the Disney Bundle costs $13.99 per month, while the Hulu (No Ads) bundle is priced at $19.99 per month. For reference, the cost of the ad-supported bundle will decrease to $12.99 per month once the December Disney Plus price increase takes effect, due to the ad-free version of Disney Plus being replaced with the ad-supported version. The premium ad-free bundle is not expected to be affected by the December price change, although those remaining subscribed to the current $13.99 per month bundle will see their price increase to $14.99 per month.

John Finn
John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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