Sprint to include Hulu for Unlimited Freedom customers

Jon Howard
November 16, 2017

Mobile carrier Sprint will bundle a subscription to over-the-top streaming service Hulu with one of its signature packages starting later this week, the companies announced Wednesday. The site engadget.com said Sprint's move is the company's answer to T-Mobile's free Netflix offer and AT&T's free HBO. Customers can manually sign-up for the offer at sprint.com/hulu from November 17 to December 8. According to Allan Samson, Sprint's senior vice president of acquisition marketing, 95% of new subscribers are choosing an unlimited plan.

The deal, which officially launches Friday, Nov. 17, will be available to new and most existing Sprint unlimited subscribers. Consumers are using their mobile phones to stream more video, and offering Hulu helps Sprint differentiate its service, Samson said.

Sprint's Unlimited plans normally cost $60 monthly for one line, an additional $40 for line 2, and an additional $30 per month for lines 3-5. "What we have to do is have great partnerships where we can strategically put it inside our bundle".

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Under the offer, Sprint Unlimited customers will be able to access thousands of TV series and movies on Hulu, including originals like the Emmy-winning "The Handmaid's Tale" and the upcoming "Marvel's Runaways" as well as licensed programming such as "The Good Doctor", "This is Us", and "Atlanta" and older series like "Seinfeld", "Full House", "Family Matters" and "Boy Meets World".

The bigger drawback, of course, is that "limited commercials" isn't the same thing as "no commercials". Thanks to streaming services, consuming everything the small screen has to offer has gotten significantly easier, and in the process, increased our TV snacking time. The company plans to offer an option for Hulu's live TV program in 2018, though Samson would not elaborate on how much that might cost or what kind of discount Sprint would offer.

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