Hulu Now Offers A Commercial Free Subscripton Tier For $12 Per Month

The streaming wars are heating up. Hot on the heels of Amazon announcing that its Prime members can now download select Prime Video TV shows and movies for offline viewing, Hulu has answered the call for commercial-free viewing. That is, if you're willing to pay extra for the convenience.

Hulu charges a $4 premium for the luxury of skipping past its advertisements, which brings the subscription price to $11.99 per month. This is an optional premium -- if you'd rather watch commercials to save a few bucks, the $7.99 per month option is still available.


"At Hulu, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers and giving them the best possible experience," said Mike Hopkins, CEO, Hulu. "Many of our customers have asked us for a commercial free option, and so today we are excited to introduce just that. Providing more choice for consumers is fundamental to the Hulu experience, in addition to an array of choices in content and devices, our customers can now choose to watch with or without commercials."

As a reminder, Hulu recently secured the rights to the hit comedy Seinfeld. If you were planning to binge watch all 171 episodes, you can save a bunch of time by opting for the the commercial-free subscription tier.

There are a handful of shows that, due to licensing rights and contracts, still require Hulu to air ads regardless which subscription tier you're on. They include Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, New Girl, Grimm and How To Get Away With Murder. Thankfully it's a short list.