How To: Snag Hulu & Showtime with Spotify Premium for Just $5/Month

Snag Hulu & Showtime with Spotify Premium for Just $5/Month

Media subscriptions are all the rage these days. Between Netflix, Apple Music, HBO Now, and countless more, your TV, movie, and music options have never been better. Unfortunately, all these choices weigh heavily on your wallet. So, when there's an opportunity to snag not just Spotify, but Hulu and SHOWTIME as well, all for just a tad bit over five dollars a month, how could you turn that down?

Well, as it turns out, the plan can't actually be taken advantage of by anyone. The sad fact is, unless you're a registered college student, you won't qualify for this discounted bundle. It's a smart move on Spotify's behalf since it wouldn't be able to afford giving the bundle to everyone for dirt cheap but still gives the appearance that it's willing to give people who are already on a tight budget a chance to enjoy life beyond the school books and exams.

As of right now, the deal is even sweeter for college students. Spotify is running a promotion until Dec. 31, 2018, where you can get the first three months of Spotify Premium for Students with Hulu Limited Commercials and SHOWTIME for just $0.99 each month plus tax. Thereafter, it would be the standard $4.99 plus tax each month. The deal only applies to those who have never tried Spotify Premium before.

How to Qualify for Spotify Premium for Students

Just how stringent is this service? In order to qualify for Spotify's normally $4.99/month Spotify Premium plan for students, you need to be:

  • A current higher education student
  • Enrolled at a US Title IV accredited college or university in the US
  • At least 18 years old

For those of you who are already a part of Spotify Premium for Students, you can switch to this bundle plan without any problems. If you already subscribe to Hulu Limited Commercials, you can also switch to this bundle instead, but your current Hulu subscription will last until the end of the billing cycle. The same goes for subscriptions with the SHOWTIME app. More on this stuff later.

If you don't meet any of these three requirements, you'll need to choose either the $9.99 Premium plan — which does not feature Hulu or SHOWTIME access — or the standard Spotify Free option.

What Information Do You Need to Sign Up?

When you first join Spotify Premium for Students with Hulu and SHOWTIME, you'll need to provide your name, email address, date of birth, and payment details, as well as the name of the valid educational institution. Other documents may be necessary to prove that you qualify. Then, Spotify will use SheerID, Inc. to verify your information.

What Happens When You Graduate?

Spotify isn't stupid — it knows you won't be a student forever. To weed out anyone over-staying their welcome, the service requires students to reverify their accounts once every 12 months. If you no longer qualify for this service when it comes time for re-verification, you're out of luck.

Unfortunately, if you go to a four-year college while using this deal then head to graduate school, you won't be able to get the deal for all five or six years. Spotify only lets you take advantage of this discounted price for four activation periods

If you used two activation periods (two years) of Spotify Premium for Students, then go on hiatus from school, you can still sign back up for the discounted service. You will not get an additional four discounted periods, but instead, an additional two, picking up where you left off.

Spotify isn't clear when these re-verification tests take place, but they most likely come at the time of year you signed up for Spotify Premium for Students. If that's the case, your best shot is to sign up just before your school's general graduation date, or when you know your school ends its student eligibility. That way, Spotify will approve your account while you're still a student, allowing you to graduate with about a year left to use the service.

Can You Watch Hulu & Showtime in the Spotify App?

No. You'll need to download each app separately, then log in with the same credentials you do for Spotify.

  • Install Hulu: Android | iOS (both free but subscription needed)
  • Install SHOWTIME: Android | iOS (both free but subscription needed)

If You Already Subscribe to Showtime or Hulu

Who wants to lose their watch lists, even for such a good deal?

Current Hulu subscribers can simply transfer their account over to Spotify Premium for Students. Your Hulu plans needs to be the base tier ($7.99/month, Limited Commercials), without any Hulu add-ons, and with payments to Hulu directly, rather than through a third-party service. Just use your current Hulu credentials when activating Hulu via the "Spotify Services" settings.

Unfortunately, current SHOWTIME users cannot transfer their accounts over right away to Spotify Premium for Students. Spotify recommends you simply cancel billing, then wait until the rest of the current billing period expires. After that, you can re-attempt activation with your SHOWTIME login credentials via the "Spotify Services" settings.

This article was produced during Gadget Hacks' annual Movies & TV on Mobile special coverage. Read all of the Movies & TV on Mobile coverage.

Cover image by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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