Hulu and Spotify Bundle Will Save You $5 a Month

Hulu and Spotify are teaming up to give users a package deal. Instead of paying $7.99 for Hulu's limited commercials plan and $9.99 for Spotify Premium, the company's ad-free plan, users can now pay $12.99 per month for both. That equals $4.99 in savings for users who are currently paying for both services separately. 

The deal is currently only available to users who are already paying for Spotify Premium, while the rest of us will have to wait until the summer to hop on board. Hulu is also letting Spotify's premium users sign up for a 99-cent promotion to try out its limited plan for three months.

This isn't the first time the two companies have joined forces. Last year, they introduced the same deal geared towards students, who were offered both services for just $4.99 per month. The bargain proved so popular that the two tech giants decided to make a similar offer to the public at large.

“Based on the outstanding performance of the Spotify and Hulu student package, it’s clear that consumers love to combine their music and television experiences together,” said Tim Connolly, SVP, Head of Distribution and Partnerships at Hulu. “Hulu and Spotify are brands that are defining how fans connect with entertainment in the future, and we are excited to expand our partnership to bring this combined package to all existing and new Spotify Premium subscribers.”

If users decide to opt in, they'll gain access to ad-free streaming with access to over 40 million songs on Spotify, as well as 75,000 TV shows and movies on Hulu. Among them are original titles like The Handmaid's Tale and Marvel's Runaways, as well as well as network series like NBC's This is Us, FX’s Atlanta, and entire back catalogs of classics like Lost, ER, Seinfeld, Full House, and Family Matters.

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‘Atlanta Robbin’ Season’ Episode 6 Will Air Without Commercials

The sixth episode of Donald Glover's popular and culture-shifting TV show Atlanta Robbin' Season (previously known as just Atlanta) will air tonight (Thursday, April 5) on FX without commercial interruptions.

The 41-minute episode of the typically 22ish-minute show, written by Donald Glover and directed by Hiro Murai, has the following succinct description: “Darius is trippin in this one. Y’all know I woulda been left.”

In the trailer, it appears that Darius has gotten himself into a very peculiar situation that mirrors something we've seen in Get Out.

FX did not elaborate on the reason behind the commercial-free episode, but one can only presume the cinematic nature of this plot calls for it.

During a panel at the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association press tour, Stephen Glover explained the show's title change. “Robbin’ Season, for most of you that I guess don’t know, is a time in Atlanta right before Christmastime and New Year’s. Basically, a bunch of crime happens in the city right during that time.”

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“It’s just like a very kind of tense and desperate time,” he went on. “So we wanted that to be the backdrop to this season. Our characters are going through [a] transition from their whole lives to where they’re heading now. Yeah, Robbin Season’ is kind of a metaphor for all of that.”

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O.J. Simpson Believes Colin Kaepernick ‘Made a Bad Choice in Attacking the Flag’

As far as local newspaper NFL writers go, few are as good at what they do as The Buffalo News' Tim Graham. Graham, who spent some time with ESPN, has repeatedly captured important and engaging stories in the NFL cosmos. So it should come as no surprise that he landed the first lengthy interview O.J. Simpson has granted in 10 years.

During the wide-ranging conversation between Graham and Simpson, they touched on just about everything under the sun: his time in prison, CTE, life since he left prison, and more.

Simpson, 70, said he gets a lot of interview requests but “everybody wants to talk about the crap” and outlets want to “pimp” him for ratings. He said he did not watch the recent two-hour FOX special, FX miniseries, or ESPN documentary series about him, and he insisted he is happy with his life.

“I consider myself a retired person,” Simpson told Graham. “I'm totally happy with my life. I've been active my whole life. I had no offseason. Football was the only time I was in one place. I was doing endorsements and running companies. I enjoy my retirement.”

In 2016, Dr. Bennett Omalu, the face of CTE research, said he would bet his license that Simpson has CTE. 

“I get concerned,” Simpson said of CTE. “I do recognize that it probably affects you in short-term memory more than long-term. I know with me, I have days I can't find words. I literally cannot find words or the name of somebody I know. That gets a little scary. Those days happen when I'm tired.”

Of course, Simpson and Graham also touched on his time at Lovelock Correctional Center, where apparently Simpson played a lot of fantasy football.

“I had four fantasy teams in Lovelock,” Simpson said. “I ran a league; they called it the Champions League. When I first got to Lovelock, there was one, maybe two fantasy leagues. When I left, if there were a thousand guys on the yard, 910 were in fantasy leagues.”

And at one point, Simpson shared his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem throughout the 2016-17 NFL season. Simpson spoke about how he didn't agree with what Kaepernick did.

“I think Colin made a mistake,” Simpson said. “I really appreciate what he was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag. I grew up at a time when deacons were in the KKK. I don't disrespect the Bible because of those guys. The flag shouldn't be disrespected because of what cops do. The flag represents what we want America to be.”

Simpson added: “When he did it the first time, I thought, 'Well, you took a gamble, and I give you credit.' But it was him continuing to do it where he made the biggest mistake. I'm a firm believer of doing what you think is right, but I would always stand for the flag.”

There's much more in this fantastic feature, including Simpson's take on Donald Trump as President and his perspective on his playing career. Give yourself 20 minutes and read the full piece here.

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