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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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Netflix tidying guru sparks charity shop boom

Netflix tidying guru sparks charity shop boomA Netflix tidying guru has sparked a charity shop boom, as branches of Salvation Army, Scope and the British Heart Foundation have said she has led to increase in donations. It comes as decluttering expert Marie Kondo has rapidly risen to fame with her "KonMari" household organisation method, which promises to provide not only a de-cluttered house, but also a clean mind.  Through her hit Netflix show she is teaching those with messy tendencies to get their homes in order by throwing out old and unwanted items to create a calmer home environment. Many people following the craze claim her various techniques have helped their mental health, and are adamant that a clean and organised home helps them feel calm.  Charity shops across the country said they had seen donations of clothes double over the past few weeks since Ms Kondo's show was released on the streaming service.  Marie Kondo, the author of the international best-seller, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," became famous for advising readers to transform their lives by sifting through all their belongings, one by one, embracing those that "spark joy" and bidding a fond but hasty farewell to the rest Credit: Natsuno Ichigo They say they are able to identify items which have come from people who have watched the show as they are folded according to her "signature fold", which sees items placed upright to reduce creasing. For example, according to the method socks should be lain flat as a pair, with one sock on top of the other. The toe is folded inward about an inch from the top, then into to the centre, and then in half so it stands upright. A branch manager for disability charity Scope also said she was able to recognize items donated by KonMari fans due to their immaculate presentation on arrival at the store, adding that the folding hack had led to more donations due to more space being available inside plastic sacks.  The Salvation Army said that although shops usually experience an increase in donations after Christmas, shop managers had seen a larger than usual volume of donations.   It comes amid a decline in charity shops across the UK with numbers down by more than 100 in first half of 2018, according to Third Sector magazine. Yorkshire and Humber was the only region that saw more charity shops open than close, it said.  Charity shops have come under criticism in recent years for pricing items for middle class bargain hunters, rather than the poorest people in society who rely on cheap second hand clothing to dress themselves.



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Netflix censorship risks helping Saudi crackdown: Amnesty

Netflix censorship risks helping Saudi crackdown: AmnestyNetflix’s decision to pull an episode of a show critical of Saudi authorities risks facilitating a crackdown on freedom of expression in the kingdom, Amnesty International said Wednesday. “Saudi Arabia’s censorship of Netflix… is further proof of a relentless crackdown on freedom of expression in the kingdom,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty’s Middle East campaigns director.



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What To Watch On Netflix That’s New This Week

What To Watch On Netflix That’s New This WeekStreamline recommends "Marvel's Iron Fist" as the thing to watch on Netflix



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Michelle Wolf's Netflix Show Canceled 3 Months After Its Premiere

Michelle Wolf's Netflix Show Canceled 3 Months After Its PremiereNetflix has nixed comedian Michelle Wolf's talk show just three months after



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Senior Netflix executive axed over use of the N-word

Senior Netflix executive axed over use of the N-wordNetflix sacked its chief spokesman Jonathan Friedland, he revealed on Friday, after he used the N-word twice in the space of a few days during meetings with staff. The head of communications announced his departure after being upbraided for a second time for using the racial slur, which is controversial for its ubiquity in hip-hop culture and completely taboo in almost every other context. Former journalist Friedland — not to be confused with Jonathan Freedland, a prominent columnist at the London-based Guardian newspaper — had served in communications roles for Disney.



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Senior Netflix executive axed over use of the N-word

Senior Netflix executive axed over use of the N-wordNetflix sacked its chief spokesman Jonathan Friedland, he revealed on Friday, after he used the N-word twice in the space of a few days during meetings with staff. The head of communications announced his departure after being upbraided for a second time for using the racial slur, which is controversial for its ubiquity in hip-hop culture and completely taboo in almost every other context. Former journalist Friedland — not to be confused with Jonathan Freedland, a prominent columnist at the London-based Guardian newspaper — had served in communications roles for Disney.



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Netflix Extends Agreement To Keep Streaming Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown'

Netflix Extends Agreement To Keep Streaming Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown'Netflix announced on Tuesday that it extended an agreement to keep renowned



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Here's How Michelle Wolf Addressed Those Sarah Huckabee Sanders Remarks in Her Netflix Premiere

Here's How Michelle Wolf Addressed Those Sarah Huckabee Sanders Remarks in Her Netflix Premiere"If anyone's an expert on hypocrites, it's Sarah Huckabee Sanders"



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America revisits 'Pizza Bomber' mystery with new Netflix series

America revisits 'Pizza Bomber' mystery with new Netflix seriesNetflix has now come out with a mini-series on the robbery and returns to a question that has divided opinion for 15 years: was that man, one Brian Wells, a willing accomplice, or was he the unwitting victim of a bizarre plot? The four fast-moving episodes of “Evil Genius,” directed by Barbara Schroeder and Trey Borzillieri, look back at all the puzzles that made up this heist in Erie, a small city in the Great Lakes region. In his hand he carries pages of rambling, hand-written instructions for a sort of a scavenger hunt for keys and combinations hidden around Erie that would remove the collar.



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