Following Netflix Price Hike, Hulu Drops Cost For Ad-Supported Tier

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The video streaming service Hulu has announced plans to drop the price for its most popular subscription tier. Starting next month the ad-supported basic plan will drop to $6, down from $8. Its other pricing tiers will remain as they currently are.

The Hulu site already lists the new price, so it'll already be effective for new subscribers. Existing subscribers will see the new price take effect as of February 26. The $6 tier is ad-supported but includes all of Hulu's on-demand programming from participating channel providers, as well as Hulu's slate of original content. A separate $12 tier removes the ads, while a significantly higher $45 tier includes live TV and is aimed at competing with cable subscriptions.

This comes just days after Netflix announced that its own plans would be rising in price. The $8 plan, which was comparable to Hulu's ad-supported plan, will be raised to $9. Netflix's own most popular tier, which includes higher-quality streaming and device compatibility, rose from $11 to $13, while its 4K Ultra-HD plan went from $14 to $16. Netflix was reportedly planning to use the new prices to reinvest in its original programming.

Mortal Kombat's Ed Boon Tells Us How Fatalities Are Made And What Makes MK11 Unique

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Mortal Kombat's Ed Boon Tells Us How Fatalities Are Made And What Makes MK11 Unique

Mortal Kombat 11 went big by holding a kommunity reveal event and livestream to unveil the details of the next entry in this storied, brutal fighting game franchise. Several facets of the game were covered, which included new mechanics, a developing story, a brand new playable character, and a high-profile collaboration with UFC and WWE star Ronda Rousey. But behind the extravagant tongue-in-cheek gore and detailed combat system is series creator and long-time director Ed Boon. During the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event, we had a moment to catch up with him to talk a little bit about the upcoming entry, how the NetherRealm team has evolved with Injustice and past MK games, and where the wild ideas for the gruesome fatalities come from.

We have Mortal Kombat 11 covered from all angles, so if you aren't caught up, be sure to check out our compilation of all the fatalities so far from the seven playable characters from the event, the story trailer, the introduction of the new character Geras, and the stage presentation of breaking down a few new mechanics. The following interview has been edited for clarity and readability.

How do you and the team keep things fresh after so many years of Mortal Kombat?

Jon Shafer's At The Gates Review - Fertile New Ground

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Jon Shafer's At The Gates Review - Fertile New Ground

In his time at Firaxis as the lead designer on Civilization V, Jon Shafer showed he wasn't afraid to uproot a settled and successful series and venture forth in search of something better. With At The Gates, his first release under the one-man studio moniker Conifer Games and his first game proper since Civ V, you get the feeling Shafer challenged himself to pack up the whole 4X genre and find fertile new ground on which to start over again.

Connections to the past remain--technologies are researched, resource nodes are exploited, wars are inevitably waged--but Shafer's pioneering vision here is of a genre that is narrower in scope and more concerned with how players respond to the figurative hand of cards they're dealt. At The Gates is a promising starting point that, with a few thoughtful additions, has the potential to develop into a thriving empire.

Anthem Demo: Dates, VIP Demo, Early Download, Friend Codes, And More

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BioWare has announced two demos for Anthem, and the first--the VIP demo--launches for select players this weekend. The second demo will be open for all, and will launch closer to Anthem's release date.

Regardless of whether you plan on playing the VIP or free demo, you can pre-load the client right now. It's a 26GB download on consoles and 44GB on PC.

The VIP demo is available for anyone who pre-orders Anthem or is an EA or Origin Access subscriber. You don't have to go it alone either, as getting access to the VIP demo nets you three free invites you can send to others. In order to refer a friend, just download the demo, install it, and launch. Then, go to the "refer a friend" tab to receive a unique link you can send to someone else.

Star Trek Discovery Season 2: All The Easter Eggs So Far

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Star Trek Discovery Season 2: All The Easter Eggs So Far


While Star Trek found a new lease of life on the big screen in 2009, it had been more than a decade since the last TV show in the long-running sci-fi franchise when Star Trek: Discovery premiered in September 2017. The show's producers faced the difficult task of making a show that appealed to modern audiences and new fans, as well as satisfying die-hard, long-term Trek devotees.

However, while the first season of Discovery took the story and characters in some surprising directions, it was also very aware of its past. Every episode contained multiple references and callbacks to something from the grand 54-year history of Star Trek, which you can check out in our Season 1 Easter Eggs gallery. Sometimes these were sly jokes that only the most dedicated fan would spot, and sometimes they were crucial plot-points.

Season 2 has now started, and it's clear that the Easter Eggs, callbacks, in-jokes and references will continue; after all, the season starts with an encounter with the Enterprise and the introduction of Captain Pike, a character who featured in the first episode of the original series. We also know that Spock is set to play a major part in this story. So let's take a look at all the Discovery Season 2 Easter Eggs so far...

Last Chance To Get Smash Bros. Ultimate's Free Piranha Plant DLC

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Last Chance To Get Smash Bros. Ultimate's Free Piranha Plant DLC

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first DLC character, Piranha Plant, is coming very soon. The new fighter is slated to arrive this February, and unlike Persona 5's Joker, it won't be included as part of the game's Fighters Pass. However, early adopters will be able to receive the character free of charge--but your time to get it is running out.

To receive Piranha Plant for free, you'll need to register your copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on My Nintendo by January 31. This was done automatically if you purchased the game digitally through the Switch Eshop, but if you picked up a physical copy, you'll need to register it by pressing the plus button while highlighting the game's icon in the Switch menu, then selecting the My Nintendo Rewards option.

Once you've registered the game, you'll receive an email containing a download code for Piranha Plant to the address linked to your My Nintendo account within 10 days. Redeem the code in the Switch Eshop and Piranha Plant will automatically be added to your game once it launches. You'll have until 11:59 PM PT on June 30 to redeem the code. If you miss the cutoff date, Piranha Plant will also be offered as paid DLC separate from the Fighters Pass.