Q. A friend told me you can now get Hulu for just $5.99 a month. Is that true? How do you do it? I don’t see the price on their web site.  — Carmen, Venice, California. 

Carmen, your friend is right — but YOU can’t get Hulu’s subscription Video on Demand service for just $5.99.

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No, it’s not because Hulu doesn’t like you. Let me explain.

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Hulu last year dropped the basic price of its SVOD plan from $7.99 a month to $5.99 a month. However, it was a time-limited offer and the company this year ended the promotion, returning the price to its normal $7.99 a month.

But Hulu is now notifying subscribers who signed up for the $5.99 a month deal that it will extend that promotional price for another 12 months when their current subscription ends.   ( I’m guessing that your friend is one of these customers, which explains why he or she is saying you can get Hulu for $5. 99.)

”To thank you for being a valued Hulu subscriber, we’re extending your special $5.99 a month promotional rate for the Hulu Limited Commercials plan for another 12 months,” Hulu states in the e-mail which recently was sent to the $5.99 promotional subscribers.

So, Carmen, Hulu is still $7.99 a month for you, and $11.99 a month if you subscribe to the ‘no-ads’ plan.

Happy Viewing!

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