Google Ties with Spotify and HBO with HULU
The entertainment market has seen 2 biggest ties of the month where on, one hand google joining hands with its music rival Spotify and on the other hand the most popular entertainment network of USA, HBO made its ties with the Video on Demand service Hulu. Lets talk about both of the deals separately.
Google Chromecast offering free Spotify and Vice Versa
Earlier in January we saw that, Google offered an amazing deal of free spotify Premium, on each buy of google’s product Choromecast. The product costs $50, while the premium service of Spotify alone costs $30 ($10/month) which is absolutely free. Like a lot of Black Friday deals we have seen recently.
The deal grabbed a lot of attention and customers, but it doesn’t ends here, as both the companies relaunched it, with slight changes and even more benefits to the consumers. Now Spotify is offering google’s chromecast for free on a purchase of 3 month of its premium pack ($30). The deal ends up at 28th of February, in which Spotify will provide you a coupon code, with the help of which you can redeem Chromecast for free.
Unlike the previous Deal, this deal is only for the consumer of US and UK. Click the link to go to the offer page. https://www.spotify.com/int/chromecast-offer/
The deal seems to be a little weird, as just like Spotify, google has its own music streaming service GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC ALL ACCESS. Both the names offer almost similar kind of services, price and experience, and instead of tying with Spotify, Google could have promoted it own subsidiary, which is comparatively new and gaining a reputation in the market of andriod users.
Those who are unaware of the premium feature of this music streaming platform, Spotify Premium is a monthly subscription based paid service, which offer its user a lot of privileges like high quality music, social sharing, and many more, which are not available in the free service.
Also Read – Spotify premium features
HBO Cable Services provider ties with VOD Service Hulu
Another buzz in market at the beginning of this year is the tie between the premium cable entertainment network HBO with an American (monthly paid subscription/free with advertisement based) VOD service HULU. HBO is offering over 800 episodes of its most popular shows including The Sopranos, True Detective and the award winning comedy Silicon Valley. The move seems to be pretty clever but obvious, as the most popular show of HBO, The Game of Thrones is releasing in less then 2 months, which alone has the capacity to gain a lot of subscribers.
The deal might look unusual as HBO has its own paid video on demand service HBO NOW, competing against Hulu(or Hulu Plus), but its not. Sorry to disappoint the American fans as the deal is only for the Japanese subsidiary of Hulu, which is no longer a part of its American parent (sold to Nippon TV in 2011). Which means the cord cutters of USA cannot enjoy their favorite, Game of Thrones on this $8 platform of Hulu.
- Hulu Plus is an American Over the Top Video on Demand service which provide the most recent and ongoing programming of almost all the major cable networks of America.
Also read – Channels list of Hulu Plus
Now there are very less options remaining for the cord cutters of USA, which includes the HBO’s stand alone service HBO NOW, and few other Video on Demand services like Sling TV, which provide HBO as an additional channel in their catalog.
Give us your views on these two ties, whether they are going to be useful to us or not.