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Hulu dropped the price of its standard plan right after Netflix raised its prices

Hulu dropped the price of its standard plan right after Netflix raised its pricesIn what is either an incredibly timely coincidence or an intentional act of aggression, Hulu announced on Wednesday that it is cutting the price of its standard plan down from $ 7.99 to $ 5.99 on February 26th. Hulu has previously lowered the price of this plan, but always as part of a temporary promotion. This appears to be permanent. The "No Ads" plan will remain at its current price of $ 11.99, as will the $ 12.99 Hulu/Spotify combo plan.

Hulu's announcement comes just days after Netflix unveiled the biggest price increase in the history of the streaming service. Netflix's popular standard plan (HD video and two streams at once) jumped from $ 10.99 to $ 12.99, while the basic plan was bumped up by a dollar and the premium plan increased by two dollars.

Netflix and Hulu, despite the fact that both have invested a significant amount into original programming, are markedly different services. That said, seeing the price of the standard plan on one increase while the other goes down may be enough to convince a few new subscribers to take a chance on the cheaper service.

Unfortunately, it's not all good news for Hulu subscribers, as the Hulu + Live TV plan is actually going to be subjected to a price hike as well. Starting on February 26th, the live TV plan (which also includes 85,000+ episodes of television and thousands of films on demand) will rise from $ 39.99 to $ 44.99. A $ 5 increase is nothing to sneeze at, but it is worth noting that no other live TV service can offer the same on demand library as Hulu.

As a peace offering of sorts for live TV customers, Hulu is also dropping the price of the Enhanced Cloud DVR add-on (which bumps cloud storage up to 200 hours from 50 hours) and the Unlimited Screens add-on from $ 14.99 to $ 9.99, respectively. It's not much, but it should balance out the price hike for some live TV subscribers



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Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped into a 'Donkey Kong 64' session on Twitch

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped into a 'Donkey Kong 64' session on TwitchIt's not every day a member of Congress drops by a Twitch session.

Streamers of a session of Donkey Kong 64 on Sunday were treated to a cameo from newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

SEE ALSO: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made perfect use of this 20-year-old video game meme

YouTube star Hbomberguy, a.k.a. Harry Brewis, is streaming a Twitch marathon of the classic 1999 Donkey Kong adventure platformer released by Rare for Nintendo 64, which he'd never finished as a kid (preach).

Brewis explained in a video announcement he intended to play the game start to finish, streaming from January 18 to raise money for Mermaids, a charity providing resources and support for transgender children and young people. 

"I chose to support this charity because as a person living in Britain, I find the media discussion surrounding this issue in my country, especially in its tabloids, to be woefully misinformed," he said. 

"I'd like to do my bit to help support the people who do the hard work of contributing to people's thinking on an important issue."

But there's more to the stream than a nice thought. Brewis said he chose Mermaids specifically to "spite" comedy writer Graham Linehan, who worked on British sitcoms Father Ted, Black Books and The It Crowd. 

Linehan recently made headlines after encouraging people to oppose a substantial grant given to Mermaids from the Big Lottery Fund — a fund which awards grants to UK organisations, accumulated from tickets sold to the National Lottery — reportedly saying the charity pushes an "extreme ideological agenda." As a result, the charity's awarded funding is under review.

"Well done, Graham," said Brewis in his video. "Now, tons of people know about Mermaids, and support them just to spite you."

As of the stream's 52-hour mark, Brewis had raised over $ 270,000 for the charity. 

But around the 50-hour mark, who should drop by but Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, after tweeting her support for the fundraiser. It was in the midst of a thread started by LGBT activist Charlotte Clymer, in which Ocasio-Cortez hit back at screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who said on Sunday that young Democrats needed to "stop acting like young people," criticising them for focusing on issues like "transgender bathrooms."

"That's a Republican talking point they're trying to distract you with," Sorkin said.

> If you'd like to use this as a good moment to support the queer community, there's a charity twitch stream going on for @Mermaids_Gender: t.co/vCvvqRhAwb
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> — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 20, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez, who recently delivered a perfectly deep Twitter cut with a 20-year-old video game meme, chatted casually to Hbomberguy about Nintendo 64 being "the best system" of them all.

"I never owned a N64 but I used to go to my cousin's house all the time and she had Super Mario 64, Pokemon Snap, and probably a handful of other things," she said.

> Here's @aoc talking about how Nintendo 64 was the best system. She's on @twitch helping to raise money for trans kids. pic.twitter.com/cJIfUif1mv
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> — New Super Blood Wolf Moon Bros. U Deluxe (@GenePark) January 20, 2019

But of course, in an effort to raise awareness for Mermaids, the Congresswoman chatted about discrimination and economic hardship experienced by the trans community.

"It makes these issues much more acute in their crises than they usually are on average for other people," she said. "So it's important that we do talk about these issues in the economic frame, but not let go of the fact that that discrimination is a core reason for the economic hardship."

Needless to say, people were pretty psyched with the Congresswoman's cameo.

> Bloody hell @AOC is a genius. Supporting trans rights on a video game livestream is something that will hit bang on with young voters while her boomer critics won't even be able to understand what's happening, much less know how to criticise it. t.co/Spi0xkvjKU
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> — David Rayfield (@RaygunBrown) January 20, 2019

> aoc saying "donkey kong 64 is outside of my wheelhouse" is exactly how elected officials should engage with any sort of Hip New Thing they don't know about
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> — Colin Spacetwinks (@spacetwinks) January 20, 2019

> You know that Twitch gamer raising money for the trans charity @Mermaids_Gender? Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez just called in and is talking about the shutdown. AOC: "Trans rights are civil rights are human rights!" t.co/QTfFdst0eV pic.twitter.com/aAdoUlhAW1
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> — Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) January 20, 2019

Brewis said he won't stop playing or raising funds until he's finished the game, so this ain't over. To tune in, head to Twitch.

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Why Tesla Just Dropped Its Car Prices by $2,000

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Charges dropped against mother after police rip 1-year-old son from her arms in video

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Corey Lewandowski Dropped By Speakers Bureau After Family Separation Remark

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Man tied to California blast victim freed, charge dropped

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Chemical weapons found in Syria identical to others dropped by Assad

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All of the advertisers that have dropped Laura Ingraham's Fox News show since she mocked Parkland school shooting survivor

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Philippine leader demands review of dropped cases vs. alleged drug kingpins

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Glossier Just Dropped Its First-Ever Solution To Acne-Prone Skin

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