You’ve been a loyal Hulu subscriber with the basic plan but now’s the time to make some changes. Maybe you want to add features to your subscription, such as going for the commercial-free option or including Showtime on your account. Or perhaps you’re not watching Hulu much anymore and want to cancel or just put a hold on it.
You can do all this via your Hulu account page. Let’s take a look.
1Log InFirst, browse to the Hulu website and click on the Log In link in the upper-right corner to sign into your account if you’re not already signed in.
2AccountAt the next screen, click on your name in the upper right and select “Account” from the drop-down menu.
3ManageYour Account page shows the details of your current subscription but also other available options, or add-ons, if you wish to tweak your viewing pleasure. Click on the MANAGE link in the Add-ons section.
4Upgrade Your Account
The first option spares you from having to sit through all those commercials when you watch your favorite TV shows or movies on Hulu. Yes, for $4 extra per month, you can put the kibosh on repetitive advertisements. Just turn on the button for “No commercials.” If you already have no commercials activated, you’ll see an option to downgrade to “Limited Commercials.”
Here, you can also sign up for Hulu with Live TV, a $40-per-month service that, as its name suggests, lets you tap into live TV from 50+ channels. For $44 per month, you can ditch commercials on Hulu with Live TV, too. For $15 more, upgrade from 50 to 200 hours of cloud DVR storage. Another $15 lets you watch on an unlimited number of screens, up from two.
For any of these options, toggle the “switch to this plan” slider.
5HBO, Showtime, or Cinemax
The next option adds streaming services from HBO, Showtime, or Cinemax to your Hulu subscription. For an additional $8.99 per month, you can watch various Showtime series, such as Homeland, Ray Donovan, and Billions, as well as movies available through the cable network. Separately, Showtime’s streaming service costs $11 per month, so as a Hulu subscriber you can save $2 a month by bundling it into your subscription. You also get the first month free.
HBO is $14.99 per month via Hulu, while Cinemax is $9.99 per month. Neither is a discount, but it does consolidate billing.
To select any one of these services, click “Add This” on the right side.
6Confirm ChangesWhen you make a selection, the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page will light up. If you’re sure you want to take the plunge, click it. Your changes will now go into effect. If you ever want to remove the add-ons, you can return to your Account page and make changes.
7Time to Move On
Okay, let’s say that you want to cancel your Hulu subscription. Maybe you just don’t watch it anymore or perhaps you already have subscriptions to Netflix or Amazon Video and no longer need Hulu at this point. You have two options. You can put a temporary hold on your subscription to see how you fare without it, or you can cancel it outright.
Scroll down to the bottom of your Account page until you see the two options in the right column to “Hold Your Subscription” and “Cancel Your Subscription.”
8HoldClick on the HOLD link. Hulu asks how long you want to put a hold on your subscription. You can choose anywhere from 1 week to 12 weeks. Select the duration and then click on the SUBMIT button to put your hold into effect.
9CancelTo cancel your subscription altogether, click on the CANCEL button at your account page. Hulu will remind you that you can put an account on hold; click “Continue to Cancel.” Hulu then asks why you want to stop your account. Is it too expensive? Do you not like the ads? Do you not have enough to watch? Click on the button that best explains your reason for cancelling.
10Don't Go!Hulu may try one more last-ditch effort to keep you onboard. But if your mind is made up, click on the link for “No, Cancel Subscription,” and finally your subscription will vanish.