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Here's how to get Hulu free and save hundreds of bucks
With over 35 million subscribers in the US, Hulu is one of the biggest premium streaming services in America. It not only allows on-demand access to thousands of classic, recent, and even original TV shows and movies, but it also offers next-day access to new episodes for TV series shown the night before on broadcast networks like NBC, ABC, and Fox. That’s something that rivals like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video don’t offer.
In addition, Hulu also has another plan, which adds live TV with over 60 channels to choose from, along with a cloud DVR feature. Depending on which plan you pick, you could spend hundreds of dollars a year, or maybe more, on Hulu’s plans and features.
Also read: The best movies on Hulu
However, there are ways that you could save some money and not spend anything to gain access to Hulu, and that includes the expensive Hulu + Live TV option. Here are several methods you can choose to get Hulu free. Keep in mind that these options may not work for everyone.
Of course, if you’re just looking for a great deal on Hulu, we highly recommend the Disney Plus bundle. You get Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus for only $13.99 a month with this package deal. To learn more about the bundle, head here, or to learn more about Disney Plus, check out our Disney Plus guide.
Free method 1: Use the Hulu free trial offer, and try to get another free trial
The easiest method to get Hulu free is also the most obvious one, especially if you have never signed up for Hulu before now. Just sign up for one of the Hulu free trial offers. For the Hulu with ads plan and the Hulu with no ads plan, the service gives you a free Hulu trial for 30 days.
If you don’t cancel the service before the free trial ends, you will be charged $5.99 a month for the Hulu with ads plan, or $11.99 a month for Hulu with no ads plan. The usual payment method is to use a credit or debit card to sign up for Hulu, even if you plan to cancel after the free trial period ends. You can also sign up for the service with PayPal, Venmo, and AMEX Express Checkout and still get the free trial.
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After you cancel your Hulu subscription or once your free trial ends, you may have to wait a little while to sign up for another free trial on the same account, with the same credit or debit card. You could get a new Hulu free trial by creating a new account, using other credit or debit cards from your family or friends.
The free trial period for Hulu + Live TV is only seven days before the service starts charging your account. The service, partnered with a Hulu with ads plan, costs $54.99 a month after that seven day trial, or $60.99 a month with the Hulu plan without ads. Those prices don’t include the Hulu + Live TV add-ons; you can add HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, or Starz for separate and additional monthly fees, or add access to enhanced cloud DVR, unlimited screens, and more for even more money. As you can see, these prices do start to add up.
Free method 2: Get someone to share their account with you
We are always told since we were kids that it is good to share, and that’s never more true with streaming service accounts. If a family member or friend has a paid Hulu subscription, just ask them if they can share the account with you. Presto; you can watch Hulu free on their account.
Hulu allows up to two simultaneous streams on one account for the two standard plans, along with the standard Hulu + Live TV plans. So make sure that when you use Hulu on your smartphone, your tablet, your PC, or your smart TV, the other folks that share the account are not already taking up the two screens. Otherwise, you will get a “too many screens” error.
Also read: The best Hulu originals
Hulu + Live TV does offer an add-on that allows for unlimited simultaneous streams at home, and up to three mobile devices outside the home. It costs an additional $9.99 a month. Again, this is just for account users with the more expensive Hulu + Live TV plans.
Hulu supports up to six different streaming profiles on one account. That’s good for people sharing the account and getting Hulu free, because they can create their own profile of channels they want to watch, without interfering with the profiles of others on the same account.
Free method 3: Sign up for Spotify Premium for Students
The popular streaming music service Spotify offers a 50 percent reduced rate for eligible college and university students. Spotify Premium for Students costs just $4.99 a month, and it lasts for up to four years. Once you are signed up, you can add the Hulu with ads subscription, plus a subscription to the Showtime premium cable TV network, to the Spotify Premium for Students account, and both of those will be free. Best of all, the service starts with the first three months costing just 99 cents each.
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If you were already going to get Spotify, this is perfect; you basically get Hulu and Showtime for free with this student offer. If you just want to get Hulu and are an eligible student, this will at least save you $1 off your monthly bill, plus you get Spotify and Showtime.
As you can see, if you don’t want to spend any money on a Hulu streaming subscription, there are quite a few ways to avoid paying. Which of these methods do you use to get free Hulu? Let us know in the comments!