Days After Netflix Increased Its Subscription Prices, Hulu Is Lowering Theirs

Good news, Hulu users: The price of your video-on-demand subscription will soon be $2 cheaper, according to Variety. Hulu is reducing its monthly fee from $7.99 to $5.99 in hopes of attracting more viewers to its ad-supported streaming platform while also boosting its ad revenue.

New subscribers can take advantage of reduced prices starting February 26, and current users will see savings on their first bill after February 26. There's a catch, though—at least for those who subscribe to Hulu's Live TV package. The cost of that service, which provides access to more than 60 live TV channels in addition to Hulu's streaming options, will go up $5, from $39.99 to $44.99 per month.

Although Hulu has reportedly been planning these pricing changes for months, the timing couldn't be more advantageous. Its competitor, Netflix, hiked the price of its Standard plan just last week from $10.99 to $12.99 per month. The Premium plan also increased by $2 to $15.99, and for the first time in the company's history, Netflix raised the cost of its Basic plan, which is now a dollar steeper, at $8.99. The changes are now in effect and apply to all U.S. subscribers.

For now, Netflix still has more subscribers—more than 58 million, compared to Hulu's 25 million. However, Hulu has the largest selection of TV shows of any streaming service. It offers more than 85,000 episodes, in addition to thousands of movies. And Hulu users can also anticipate more original series in the future. Disney is set to acquire 60 percent of Hulu (Comcast and At&T will retain the other 40 percent), and Disney CEO Bob Iger said he plans to increase investments in original programming.

[h/t Variety]

Stranger Things Fans Can Now Buy a 6-Foot-Tall Demogorgon Sprinkler

BigMouth Inc., Amazon
BigMouth Inc., Amazon

Some fans watch a show and then talk about it. Others create art inspired by it. Others develop far-out theories. But sometimes, fans go even further than that—like when pool accessory company BigMouth Inc. revealed its massive Stranger Things-inspired, inflatable Demogorgon sprinkler, which is now available for any fan to purchase.

The sprinkler, the perfect gift for those wishing to combine their love of sci-fi monstrosities and thorough lawn irrigation, stands 6 feet tall and can be connected to any standard hose, allowing it to spurt water from its horrifying open face, according to House Beautiful. And for fans thinking it can only be found in the far corners of the internet, fear not: the sprinkler is available now at Target and on Amazon.

If you want a less flashy way to show off your Stranger Things fandom this summer, BigMouth Inc. also sells a plethora of other novelty items based on the show, like an Upside Down-themed pool tube, Scoops Ahoy floating cupholders, and a float based on one of Eleven’s trademark waffles. (See all the options on Amazon here.)

This marks the latest in a series of collaborations for the hugely successful Netflix series. Prior to its release, Stranger Things teamed with both H&M and Nike to release clothing and shoes inspired by the series. It also collaborated with Coca-Cola to produce a limited edition collection of New Coke cans inspired by a moment in the third season.

We’re glad there’s a plethora of Stranger Things merchandise available, even the terrifying Demogorgon sprinkler—it sounds just ridiculous enough to buy right away. It's available at Target or Amazon for $100.

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Three Major Game of Thrones Stars Submitted Themselves for Emmys After HBO Chose Not To

Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
Helen Sloan/Courtesy of HBO

HBO dominated the 2019 Emmy nominations, which were announced earlier this week, with a record-breaking 32 nominations for Game of Thrones's highly contentious final season alone.

Ten of Game of Thrones's nominations came via the acting categories, several of which were hardly surprising: Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke landed nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams will compete against each other in the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress categories. What did come as a surprise, however, were the first-time nominations for Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice van Houten—not because they didn’t deserve them, but because HBO didn't submit them for consideration.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO confirmed that the network did not enter the three actors for consideration by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This means that the actors’ representatives shelled out the $225 entry fees themselves.

While this might seem unfair, self-submissions are a pretty common practice. As Game of Thrones has many, many characters, all of them played by great actors, it's simply not possible for the network to enter every one of them. As it stands now, four of the six nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress are Game of Thrones co-stars (van Houten was nominated in the Guest Actress category), while three of the Outstanding Supporting Actor nominees are from Westeros.

Whether they made it onto the official ballot because of HBO or not, Game of Thrones fans are ecstatic that Allen, Christie, and van Houten are finally getting the Emmy recognition they deserve. Can one of them triumph? We'll just have to wait until September 22 to find out.