Hulu is killing free streaming

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No more free streaming.
No more free streaming.
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Getting your weekly fix of new TV shows from Hulu is about to get more expensive, as the streaming video service plans to phase out its free tier that was supported with ad revenue.

After letting users watch thousands of episodes for free since it launched nine years ago, Hulu has partnered with Yahoo to offer up its content for a new service called Yahoo View, an ad-supported service that will give viewers the ability to watch the five most recent episodes of shows from ABC, NBC and Fox.

Week’s best deals on VPNs, cables and Apple Watch chargers [Deals]

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This sleek hub wirelessly recharges your Apple Watch, along with up to 3 USB-connected devices.
This sleek hub wirelessly recharges your Apple Watch, along with up to 3 USB-connected devices.
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Another week, another round of great deals. This week, we’ve got a pair of extra long Lightning cables, two web-securing VPN subscriptions, and an Apple Watch charging hub. Each one is worth checking out, and worth more than you’ll pay.

Starz streaming service shoots onto iOS and Apple TV

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Outlander can now be streamed on Apple TV.
Outlander can now be streamed on Apple TV.
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Starz is finally getting into the streaming business.

The premium cable network revealed today that it is launching a standalone streaming service on iOS, Apple TV, and other platforms today. The Starz digital service gives you yet another monthly subscription to pay for, but the company has one killer feature it hopes will put it above the competition.

Traveling shouldn’t mean losing access to your favorite movies [Deals]

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Getflix makes it easy and secure to sidestep location restrictions on your streaming media content.
Getflix makes it easy and secure to sidestep location restrictions on your streaming media content.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Take your laptop overseas with you and you’ll likely find, as you crack it open to catch up with the TV show you’ve been binging on, that location restrictions are blocking your stream. That’s not how it should be, and with Getflix you can sidestep annoying and inconvenient location restrictions that come between us and our content. Now you can get lifetime access to more than 100 streaming channels, anywhere around the world, for just $69.

Last chance for the best bargains on Cult of Mac Store’s coolest stuff [Deals]

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Access your favorite movies and TV shows without ever having to worry about travel restrictions again.
Access your favorite movies and TV shows without ever having to worry about travel restrictions again.
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The holidays have come and gone, but the big deals live on, at least for a little while. The Cult of Mac Store still has plenty of awesome tools, toys and subscriptions priced to move, but they’re deals that won’t last for long. Now’s your last chance to take advantage of massive savings on everything from invincible Lightning cables to secure internet browsing.

Amazon is bringing Instant Video app to Apple TV

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Apple TV 4 brings iOS apps to the big screen.
Apple TV 4 brings iOS apps to the big screen.
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Amazon’s Instant Video service has one of the best libraries in the world, but if you’re an Apple user, it has a crucial weakness: the only way to get it on Apple TV is to AirPlay it from an iOS or OS X device.

AirPlaying can be unreliable at times and you can’t use certain apps without cutting off your Amazon stream. That could change in just a few weeks though, according to an Amazon employee who let it slip that the company is working on an app for the new Apple TV.

This simple app will get you around those annoying location restrictions [Deals]

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Getflix is a one-stop app for bypassing those pesky regional restrictions while traveling.
Getflix is a one-stop app for bypassing those pesky regional restrictions while traveling.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

When you pay for premium streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, you don’t want a trip out of the country to mean you have to leave your favorite shows at home. There are a lot of sneaky ways to get around the regional restrictions, but a simple, hassle-free way is Getflix. It’s a single app that keeps you in touch with your content wherever you go, and right now you can get a lifetime subscription for $39–use coupon code “EARLY10” to get additional 10% off.

How to use iPad Pro while you wait for your Apple Pencil

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil keep designers happy and eraser dust-free.
One day, this will be you. You know, in like four to five weeks.
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We’re all excited to start unlocking the full potential of the iPad Pro, but we have a problem: We can’t really start doing that until we can get our hands on the Apple Pencil stylus that the company swears will change how we draw virtual lines forever. As of this writing, it’s showing a four to five week wait for shipping, and that’s up from the one to two weeks we saw when the peripherals first went on sale.

So if you have an iPad Pro to play around with but aren’t sure what to do while you wait for your awesome stylus to show up, we have your back.

Open your own private lane on the information superhighway with PureVPN [Deals]

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PureVPN encrypts and accelerates your internet connection while bypassing location restrictions.
PureVPN encrypts and accelerates your internet connection while bypassing location restrictions.
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As open and free as the internet is purported to be, it’s easy to run into a lot of walls and not always safe. A great way to relieve the worry and hassles of online life is PureVPN, a virtual laser-fast private network that secures, anonymizes, and upgrades any online connection. And right now you can get a subscription for $69 at Cult of Mac Deals.