The Tech-pert: Get a Free Two Month Trial of Hulu Plus via Facebook
Attention, cord-cutters! If you've been wanting to try Hulu Plus
but didn't want to shell out for the privilege, today's your lucky day.
For a limited time, you can get a free one-month Hulu Plus trial, plus a second month when you link up your Facebook account. That's a combined value of $15.98, and all it takes is a few clicks.
For anyone serious about cutting the cord (i.e.; ditching that pricey monthly cable bill
), Hulu Plus should definitely be part of the game plan.
For $7.99 per month, the service offers a huge library of past and present TV shows, all of which you can stream to your heart's content. Hulu Plus works with TV-ready devices like game consoles, Roku boxes, and TiVos, and with Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.
Suppose you're a fan of the criminally underrated and thoroughly awesome "Community." With Hulu Plus, you can watch all three seasons of the show, including the most recent episode the day after it airs.
For some shows, you get only the current season's worth of episodes. But if you've ever wanted to go back and watch the entire run of, say, "Arrested Development" or "South Park," Hulu's got you covered.
I have just two gripes with the service. First, its movie selection is terrible. Second, even though you're paying a premium for Plus, you still have to watch commercials. Usually only one or two at a time, but that's still pretty annoying.
Of course, that's why it's nice to have two months to really figure out if you like it. To get the deal, start at the Hulu Plus home page
and enter your e-mail address to get a free trial month.
Then, head to Hulu's Facebook page
and click Connect with Hulu. Follow the instructions to link your Facebook and Hulu accounts. You'll then receive an e-mail indicating you've received a second free month of Hulu Plus.
(Tip: If you're already a Hulu subscriber, you can still get a free month by linking to your Facebook account
Just make sure to mark your calendar for the end of that second month, because if you don't cancel, you'll start getting billed. Of course you might just decide that, commercials or no, $7.99 per month is a lot less than what the cable company charges.
What are your thoughts on Hulu Plus? Worth the money, or not quite there yet? Let me hear from you in the comments!
Self-proclaimed cheapskate Rick Broida has been a technology writer for
over 20 years. He has authored over a dozen books, including, most recently,
"How to Do Everything: Palm Pre." Currently he writes the Cheapskate blog.