Spotify and Hulu Announce Combined Subscription Bundle for All Users at $12.99/Month

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    Spotify and Hulu today announced an expansion of their previous students-only initiative that bundled both services together for the low monthly cost of $4.99. Now all Spotify and Hulu subscribers in the United States will get a chance to lock into the same bundle through a single $12.99/month subscription price.

    This bundle includes the ad-free Spotify Premium tier of the music streaming service (normally $9.99/month) and the Hulu With Limited Commercials plan (normally $7.99/month). The $12.99 bundle amounts to savings of $5 per month, and the companies noted that existing Spotify Premium subscribers will have early access to the offer.

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    Additionally, eligible Spotify Premium subscribers will be able to upgrade their existing plan to the new combo plan through an introductory offer that grants a three-month Hulu subscription for just $0.99, on top of their Spotify subscription. Afterwards, the $12.99/month price of the bundle will go into effect.

    Here's a full breakdown of the initial pricing structure:
    The companies said that they anticipate opening up the new bundle to anyone without a Spotify Premium account later this summer. Head over to Spotify's FAQ page for more info on the plan, which also states that it will not be possible to upgrade to the Hulu With No Commercials or Live TV plans, "nor to any Hulu Premium Add-ons."

    Article Link: Spotify and Hulu Announce Combined Subscription Bundle for All Users at $12.99/Month
     
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    I left Spotify Premium two months ago as i was trying to streamline my monthly bills. I think i have a reason to sign up again :)
     
  3. sputnikv macrumors 6502

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    That's competitively really great for everyone, even those of us not on those platforms.
     
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    As a Netflix-only subscriber, I forgot that paid Hulu tiers have commercials. A good deal nonetheless but I really hate watching ads.
     
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    I guess Apple Music is really putting the hurt on Spotify for them to have to resort to a gimmick like this.
     
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    I'd hit that.
     
  8. NexusUser macrumors member

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    I pay for Hulu without commercials, it's definitely worth the extra $5/month. I spent some time with relatives who have the cheaper bundle and half the time when the stream was interrupted by a commercial the app crashed.

    Anyway, extremely disappointed a similar deal isn't available for the Hulu without commercials tier.
     
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    Nice move! Is it time to go back to Spotify? Nah...
     
  10. TylerL macrumors regular

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    I would've jumped on in a heartbeat if this covered the commercial-free tier.
     
  11. cgrymala macrumors newbie

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    It's worth noting that, yes, the entry-level subscription for Hulu has commercials, but the second tier does not (except in extremely limited cases where they play an ad before the episode and after the episode). The no-commercials plan is normally $11.99/month, so, not much different than Netflix's second tier. Unfortunately, though, that's apparently limited to 1 screen at a time, which kind of sucks.
     
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    Agreed. My wife wanted to get paid Spotify. We already have Hulu without commercials. I was about upgrade when I saw the headline. Oh well. Maybe next time.
     
  13. cgrymala macrumors newbie

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    I'm curious what kinds of tiers/levels this combined subscription will offer. I'm currently subscribed to a Spotify Family plan and the no-commercials Hulu plan, so, who knows whether those options will even be available as a combined subscription, or, if they are, whether they'll actually be any cheaper.
     
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    Lower prices are always good news for consumers. I get Netflix for free with my T-Mobile cell phone plan. I wish all companies were like T-Mobile and actually tried to lower prices for consumers.
     
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    Not for me, but it does make Spotify more appealing. Hulu on the other hand, I don't like at all.
     
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    I’m torn on Hulu. Given the instability of their base tier streaming and reluctance to fix it, I can’t possibly offer up more money each month just to remove commercials. I consistently experience stuttering in the last 3rd of the TV show. Hulu says I should decrease the streaming quality (fine, tried that for all the different options but didn’t help). I’m running LG WebOS 4.7 I think.

    Those of you that do pay more, do you feel there’s a difference in stability?
     
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    Now that Spotify is public, they have a responsibility to their shareholders to try to turn a profit and return on investment. While this move could help them grow the number of subscribers, it's not going to help with profits because their already low margins are cut into even further by having to share the revenue with Hulu. Seems a poor move.
     
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    Or Hulu is desperate for customers. There are basically four options for music subscriptions. Video is like 30 and counting.
     
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    I'm on the Spotify Family plan, as well. I just went to the site to see if I could apply, and Spotify took me to my profile page and a red error box said "this plan isn't available for Family plan subscribers". Maybe they'll change that soon; I'll definitely be sending in an email asking why this isn't an option.
     
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    Was sold until I tried to sign up and saw this...

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    Hmm... Doing some non-scientific Googling, it looks like Hulu members have been chattering online over the past few months about the increase of commercial time length in the "limited commercials" plan. I've been eyeing Hulu for a bit, but maybe I'll just pay for the "no commercials" plan rather than doing this.
     
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    And they'd sell it as a $20 deal. :p
     
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    This deal is useless if it's not the ad-free tier of Hulu.
     

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