Here’s How To Avoid Ads on Hulu (for now)

I understand the need to advertise to make money, but after watching two individual four-minute ad blocks on Hulu, waiting for my show to resume, I knew that Hulu was just greedy. Still, I didn’t want to sacrifice the convenience of watching things on Hulu.

Luckily, today I came across a legal, easy solution – or at least a temporary solution to Hulu’s greed.

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How To Get Shorter Ads on Hulu (Much Shorter)

Here’s the trick: Hulu serves ads based on page views. Normally, when you watch a show straight through, they will start you off with a short ad – usually 30 seconds, and then provide longer ad breaks in the middle.

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So: Whenever you come across one of these long ads, just reload the page. After the page loads, you’ll see the show’s ID (the two second promo for the show you’re watching), then a 30 second ad, then your show will resume right where you left off.

Just how much time will you save?

If you watch 10 40-minute episodes per month, I estimate that you’ll save about two hours! As one particularly annoying commercial on Hulu sings, “That’s a lot of time!”

Or you could just binge-watch Elon Musk

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Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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