The world of streaming media keeps expanding, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down. To make matters more complicated, some services such as Hulu are able to integrate with other streaming subscriptions. It’s even possible to get certain streaming apps or services for free. But do these options tie Hulu together with Amazon Prime Video? Is Hulu free with Amazon Prime?
Is Hulu free with Amazon Prime Video?
No, Hulu is not free with Amazon Prime Video subscriptions. Both streaming services are unique; there’s no integration between Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. However, both Hulu and Amazon Prime Video are able to access other channels and subscriptions as paid add-on services.
If you find that answer a little confusing, you’re not alone. While video streaming services were completely unique not long ago, they’re now all closely integrated thanks to the abundance of network subscriptions. For example, both Hulu and Amazon Prime Video can access content from HBO — provided, of course, that you have an HBO subscription. The same is true for similar subscriptions from Starz, CBS, Showtime, Cinemax, and many others.
On Amazon Prime Video, these extra subscriptions are called Channels. On Hulu, they’re called Add-Ons. And to murky the waters even further, some of these subscriptions bundle together multiple packages. For example, the Hulu Entertainment Add-On offers multiple channels, including the Cooking, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, Military History, and Science channels.
Still, these are all paid extras that can be accessed within Amazon Prime Video or Hulu. The main difference is that Amazon Prime Video subscribers cannot access Hulu original programming, nor can Hulu subscribers access Amazon Prime original programming. Despite sharing similar features, these two services are distinct.
So no, Amazon Prime does not come with a free Hulu subscription. If you want to watch Hulu original programming, you’ll have to pay for a Hulu subscription and vice versa. Only outside subscriptions such as CBS All Access or HBO Go can be accessed within both streaming apps.