We get it, you’re busy. You have kids, or a job, or are just flat-out slow and do not ask to give in the essay to find out whether it’s cheaper to get Hulu through Amazon Prime than directly through their website. Thankfully, we did the research for you! You can read about all the pros and cons of each option below. Spoiler alert: Amazon Prime wins by one measly dollar!
When All Else Fails, Check the Fine Print
It might seem like a straightforward question, but you’d be surprised at how many people fall into trouble because they simply don’t read their contracts and agreements. Before you agree to any deal, make sure you have a clear understanding of what you’re getting yourself into. If necessary, ask for clarification about anything that isn’t 100% clear or if something just doesn’t add up. It could save you from some major headaches down the road.
Be Aware of Hidden Fees
To access Hulu through Amazon, you’ll have to be an existing Amazon Prime subscriber, but then you’ll pay $8.99 a month for both services. Note that there are some hidden fees, though. If you already subscribe to both streaming services, then you’re paying $17.98 for both.
Have an Internet Connection
To be able to access your favorite shows, you’ll need an Internet connection. If you have a good one at home or work, then you should be fine. You’ll also need a streaming device like Apple TV or Chromecast to play your content on your TV. Many streaming devices require subscriptions and can be costly. Some services like Netflix and Hulu are cheaper if you sign up for longer periods of time – but that’s often only available with payment services.
Do the Math Before Bingeing on Your Favorite Shows
If you do decide to get an additional subscription for streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, you may want to crunch some numbers first. Are you really saving money when you cut back on a service that your cable plan already covers? To figure out whether you’re getting a good deal, compare your bill before and after signing up. Don’t forget other expenses—paying extra for HBO is going to cost more than just paying $15 a month!
Pick the Right Plan
There are three main plans from which you can choose. You will pay $7.99 per month and be able to stream one standard definition video at a time in SD or HD (depending on what device you are using). You will have access to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, South Park, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, The Tonight exhibition Starring Jimmy Fallon and lattermost Week Tonight with John Oliver, just to name a few.
Pick the Right Devices
This is a trickier one, but you can save money by choosing devices carefully. If you want to stream live TV channels without cable, for example, you’ll need either a smart TV or an HD antenna and tuner—both of which can be fairly expensive. You could also opt for a streaming media player like Google Chromecast or Roku as your main device while saving your streaming content through another device. Another option is to put off buying any new hardware until you know what you want to watch. That way, if there’s something specific that isn’t available through your current service, you can always buy it later on down the road when you do know what your needs are.
Choose the Add-Ons That Matter Most to You
While you may be tempted to get every one of Hulu’s extra features, don’t. You probably only want a few at most (and chances are good that even those don’t do anything for you). Just add what matters most to you. With our handy guide, choosing which extras will be easy. We break down exactly what each feature does, why you might want it, and how much more (or less) expensive it is than other bundles.