If you rely on Hulu to watch the episodes you've missed of your favorite network shows, you're going to need to find an alternative—or pony up for a subscription. According to Variety, Hulu is doing away with its free streaming service. Over the next few weeks, Hulu will phase out non-subscribers' ability to watch commercial-filled episodes of television series.
"For the past couple years, we’ve been focused on building a subscription service that provides the deepest, most personalized content experience possible to our viewers," Hulu senior vice president and head of experience Ben Smith said in a statement. "As we have continued to enhance that offering with new originals, exclusive acquisitions, and movies, the free service became very limited and no longer aligned with the Hulu experience or content strategy."
But penny-pinchers aren't completely out of luck: To fill the void, Hulu has expanded its deal with Yahoo!. Yahoo! View will host the five most recent episodes of shows from ABC, Fox, and NBC free of charge. The only catch is that it will take eight days for new episodes to become available.
The Yahoo! View website is now live, and mobile apps are reportedly coming soon.
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