Spotify Premium users now get free Hulu

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Following a slew of promotions, Spotify recently announced that all premium subscribers paying $9.99 a month can now watch Hulu, absolutely free. The integrated membership follows 2017’s student bundle deal at $4.99, and 2018’s bundle deal at $12.99 (for non-students), which will be “automatically reduced” to the regular premium price.

Subscribers will have access to Hulu’s ad-supported service, including a library of hit TV shows, movies, and Hulu originals such as the critically acclaimed drama The Handmaid’s Tale and their own take on a Fyre Festival documentary. Current premium subscribers can head here to add Hulu access, while newer customers will get 30 days free when signing up for the bundle.

Spotify continues unloading the perks in 2019 to promote their premium service, including a recent partnership with Samsung and six months free for Galaxy S10 buyers.

Fyre Festival models facing subpoenas over promotional payments

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Fyre Festival had positioned itself in 2017 to be the world’s top luxury festival experience, capitalizing on promotion from globally revered models and eye-catching locations to draw millions of dollars in ticket sales. However, Fyre’s grisly end yielded a new reputation as something of an anti-festival, ending in open-and-shut catastrophe and, ultimately, cancellation. Recently released documentaries from Netflix and Hulu catapulted the failed festival back into public discussion and solidified its status as something of an organizer’s guide on how not to throw a festival.

Now, the modeling agencies representing Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Hailey Bieber (formerly Hailey Baldwin)—the stars of the notorious Fyre Festival promotional video—have been purportedly subpoenaed to reveal details surrounding the payments they received from Fyre Media and convicted festival organizer, Billy McFarland.

Among the subpoenaed models is also Kendall Jenner, whom fire paid $250,000 to make a single Instagram post about the festival. Jenner, having hinted that members of G.O.O.D. Music would be performing at the festival, has since removed all related posts on the topic; the main point of contention here being that Jenner never indicated that she was being paid to promote the festival.

With, Gregory Messer, the trustee handling Fyre’s bankruptcy proceedings looking for more insights on the festival’s failure and McFarland’s shoddy planning, more subpoenas and legal orders are likely in store. In addition to the models, Messer plans to subpoena multiple talent agencies, including Paradigm and Jerry Media.

This story is still developing. 

H/T: Billboard

‘What Would Diplo Do?’ is now streaming on Hulu

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What Would Diplo Do

Viceland’s original short What Would Diplo Do?, starring James Van Der Beek as Diplo and Dillon Francis as Diplo’s friend Jasper, is now streaming on Hulu. The show, which had also been streaming on Viceland for free prior to the Hulu addition, premiered last August as a hilarious tongue-in-cheek series offering a glimpse of “the life” of the superstar DJ.

In the time since the show’s aired, the Dawson’s Creek alum’s grade A impersonation has even seen great success on Twitter. James Van Der Beek’s @_diplo_Twitter handle has gone on to entertain an entire industry with witty criticism and clever comebacks.

Stream WWDD here.

Hulu secures Fyre Festival docuseries

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Hulu has secured a new series just days after announcing its intent to release a joint subscription service with Spotify at $12.99 a month, a currently untitled, multi-part documentary focused on Billy McFarland’s infamously mishandled Fyre Festival.

Expected to air in 2019, the docuseries is in developmental stages, overseen by Billboard, Mic, and leading producer, The Cinemart. The Cinemart is memorable for its work on Jay-Z’s TV miniseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, and continues to collaborate with the rapper on Paramount Network’s six-part documentary series, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

The series will feature interviews from inside sources, including local Bahamians, the duped attendees who were stranded upon their arrival at the defunct festival, vendors, and investigators. The documentary will additionally offer viewers hours of “never-before-seen footage,” leaked documents, emails, and recordings.

H/T: Hollywood Reporter

Spotify and Hulu to offer a joint subscription service at $12.99

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Potential new Spotify subscribers will have greater incentive to pay for a subscription given the music streaming platform’s latest collaboration with Hulu.

Arriving this summer, the joint subscription will offer users ad-free Spotify streaming and movies on Hulu’s ad-supported platform, for $12.99 a month. The package’s price will be attractive to those who concurrently subscribe to both services separately — Spotify collects $9.99 a month from its users, while Hulu charges $7.99 a month. The dual plan is modeled after Spotify and Hulu’s pre-existing combined plan. One currently available only to students enrolled at accredited colleges and universities, Spotify and Hulu market the plan to students for just $4.99 a month.

Hulu has since rolled out a 99-cent trial subscription that will serve as a preliminary to the bundled subscription. Those new to Hulu can now take advantage of a three-month ad-supported plan for the three months leading up to the debut of the joint subscription.

H/T: LA Times

Spotify and Hulu offer joint subscription service for students at just $4.99

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2017 has been loaded with legendary collabs. Now two of the worlds most in-demand outfits present a new kind of collaboration, a joint subscription between the leading streaming giant Spotify and the popular on-demand outfit Hulu. Priced at just $4.99 per month, “Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu,” is a significantly cheaper purchasing plan for the services, which currently stand at $9.99 and $7.99 per month, respectively.

But the subscription combo is likely to have an impact on the streaming industry as a whole, as both companies went so far as to say they’ll offer other bundles in the future that target the market at large, of course, details are still pending regarding those plans.

Subscribers who buy the bundle will still use the services individually. This isn’t an integration of the services per say, merely a convenience in pricing.

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This joint service marks the first time Spotify’s partnered with an on-demand streaming service. It arrives just as the company has been rethinking its existing role in the video market and as Spotify’s head of video and podcasts, Tom Calderone, left the company after Spotify’s pivot to video.

While Calderone was at the company, Spotify had been expanding its original video content, but following his departure, Spotify said it would focus on expanding its efforts on playlists.

In turn, Spotify’s pivoted to partnership. The service understands the difficulties that would come in trying to build its own service like Hulu’s and to compete with an original content market of that stature. Spotify x Hulu is available for students to cop now.

H/T: Consequence of Sound

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