These Hulu plans are getting more expensive

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Hulu is raising the prices of two of its streaming plans – although they remain relatively inexpensive options for anyone who can live without live TV.

The company’s cheapest plan, which contains ads, will cost $ 6.99 per month or $ 69.99 per year starting October 8. That’s against $ 5.99 per month and $ 59.99 per year. The cheapest ad-free plan will cost $ 12.99 per month, down from $ 11.99.

For people who signed up through a promotional offer or other discount, Hulu notes that these changes will not affect their promotional price or discount.

Prices for Hulu’s packages that include live TV are not expected to increase in October. (Hulu just raised them in December 2020.)

Hulu’s basic plan is still cheaper than it once was

The price increase for Hulu’s ad-supported plan is smaller than it looks – even after October 8, it will still cost less than it did three years ago.

In February 2019, Hulu actually lowered its price, from $ 7.99 per month to $ 5.99, making it one of the cheapest streaming TV packages on the market.

Hulu’s prices remain hard to beat

If you want a streaming service with live TV, you have cheaper options than Hulu’s, which start at $ 64.99 per month. But if you can live without live TV, you’ll likely find Hulu’s prices hard to beat even after the impending hike.

The biggest streaming service, Neflix, now charges $ 8.99 per month for its basic plan and $ 13.99 per month for its second cheapest option.

Other important services cost about the same or more.

For example, Amazon now charges $ 8.99 per month for a stand-alone Prime Video subscription. HBO Max typically charges $ 9.99 per month (or $ 99.99 per year) for its ad-supported plan and $ 14.99 (or $ 149.99) for its ad-free plan.

Disney +, which has no ads, costs $ 7.99 per month (or $ 79.99 per year). But that interests you and Hulu, you might as well upgrade to the Disney Bundle, which includes Disney +, ESPN +, and Hulu. It costs $ 13.99 or $ 19.99 per month, depending on whether you choose Hulu with or without ads.

Maybe the upgrade is what The Walt Disney Co. is hoping you will do: it owns all three streaming services.

There is one price Hulu can’t beat, however: free. If you’re tired of paying for streaming service hikes year after year, check out “15 Free Streaming Services To Watch At Home.”

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