Hulu is eliminating the ad-supported free streaming service it has offered for nearly a decade. But not all is lost if you use this free service.
The platform will team up with Yahoo with a special distribution deal that’s giving birth to Yahoo View, a new TV streaming service with a small selection of what Hulu previously offered its free viewers.
Yahoo View will have the five most recent episodes of shows selected from ABC, NBC and Fox eight days after their original air date. Aside from that, additional series and a variety of clips, anime and Korean drama will be made available. Yahoo View is available to check out now if you’re interested in giving it a try. Hulu will continue to offer the same two subscription plans: $7.99 a month with commercials and $11.99 a month without ad-supported viewing. So nothing else will change.
You may have heard that Yahoo is currently being acquired by Verizon as part of a $4.8 billion deal, which isn’t expected to close until the end of 2016 or the first quarter of 2017. The partnership with Hulu should no draw some support for Yahoo, especially since Hulu’s former free content watchers will need a new place to go to watch their content. And now they have a place to go.