Spotify Premium Subscribers Can Now Get Hulu for Free

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Music + Videos, Spotify with 15 Comments

Spotify is announcing another major deal for customers in the United States today. Just last week, the company started offering 6 months of free Spotify Premium to new Samsung Galaxy S10 owners as part of its partnership with Samsung. Today, it’s expanding its deal with Hulu.

The company previously offered Hulu to Spotify Premium customers for an additional $3 every month, and it’s now making Hulu completely free for Spotify Premium users. The offer ends on June 10, and it’s only available “while supplies last.”

With the new offer, Spotify Premium users will get free access to the ad-supported plan of Hulu for free, paying only $9.99 a month for Spotify Premium. The offer is not, however, available to students or users of the Family plan.

“Today is the first time that we’re offering a Hulu plan to the masses as part of their $9.99 Spotify Premium subscription. As we push towards making Spotify Premium a gateway to a bigger world of entertainment, we’re fully committed to finding new ways to enhance the overall experience for our Premium users and this is just the beginning,” said Marc Hazan, Spotify’s Global Head of Premium Business Development.

This is quite a big deal for many reasons. Both Hulu and Spotify have been looking to push their respective subscription services in the United States following heavy competition from Apple Music and Netflix. Hulu, for example, lowered its prices after the recent Netflix price hike. And with Apple looking to get into the TV streaming service later this month, Spotify and Hulu expanding their deals is quite a smart move.

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Comments (15)

15 responses to “Spotify Premium Subscribers Can Now Get Hulu for Free”

  1. bbennett40

    “while supplies last.” WTH does that mean? Is there a warehouse full of Spotify and Hulu somewhere?

    • jbinaz

      In reply to bbennett40:

      Right? And how ticked off would you be if you sign up for Spotify, hoping for the free Hulu deal, only to find out, "Oh, sorry, you weren't one of the first x-thousand customers."

  2. bart

    Can Spotify buy Hulu already?!

    • Chris_Kez

      In reply to Bart:

      Hulu is a partnership among multiple broadcast companies. This ownership model, along with the entrenched interests of their parent corporations, makes it exceedingly unlikely that Spotify or any outside company could buy them.

      • jgraebner

        In reply to Chris_Kez:

        Once the Fox purchase goes through (expect next week), Disney will own a controlling interest in Hulu. It is most likely going to be their main streaming play for their non family-friendly content, so I can't imagine they are going to be in any rush to sell it off.

  3. Chris_Kez

    "Hulu, for example, lowered its prices after the recent Netflix price hike."

    It was a bit more complicated than that; Hulu reduced some rates but raised others.

  4. mestiphal

    is Hulu still US only?

  5. jrswarr

    What - why not include the Family Plan? Feeling gipped.

  6. mattbg

    They likely suspect that there's bundling afoot between Apple Music and whatever other services Apple is brewing in its evil cauldron of sunshine and tranquility.

    Should Apple do that, Spotify would have been the only major music service (Apple Music and YouTube Music being the others) without a video sidecar offering.

  7. mikes_infl

    Besides the dubious "while supplies last", it would be nice if they had an offer that would include Hulu commercial-free as well. This is the first time I've really given a second thought to a music service but it still comes up short for my tastes.

  8. pcdoeswhat

    The article mentions the offer is not available to students, but Spotify Premium for Students already includes Hulu (as well as SHOWTIME) for $4.99 a month. As far as I know, that is ongoing and not a limited-time offer.

  9. mattbg

    I can't be the only one worried about how unsustainable this is going to be going forward, yet some people still aren't happy.

    Nor can I be the only one concerned that all-you-can-eat music accessible anywhere you want for the price of one CD per month is still not enough for some people.

    If you don't start paying for what something is worth, the quality is going to go downhill. The stuff will stratify at some point otherwise - it's only a matter of time before we get multi-tiered services where the lowest tier has second-rate musical content equivalent to the type of stuff you find on Netflix.

    It's just a matter of who blinks first, and Apple already signaled something interesting today when they did not participate in an appeal to avoid increasing compensation for songwriters. If Apple becomes the only place you can get top-tier content then we all lose.

  10. SaintKaze

    I want to know what other options out give free hula . i don't want Spotify.

  11. jreuter

    I pay *more* for the family plan and can't get that offer? That's messed up...