The Hulu Android apps for phones and TVs no longer accept new sign-ups or free trials.

There have been significant changes as a result of Google’s crackdown on the way Android apps handle payments. The ability to create a new account or begin a free trial has now been removed from the Hulu app for Android on phones and TVs.

The opportunity to register for a free trial or a new account within the app has been removed by both and as a result of a modification made within the last month or two.

Plans beginning at $5.99/month and buttons to log in or begin a free trial were previously displayed on the initial screen that appeared when Hulu was launched for the first time. The most recent modifications to the Hulu app for Android have eliminated all references to the free trial or the price of plans, as shown in the image below. Instead, there is now a message that says:

Do you intend to register for Hulu?
We apologize, but we are unable to complete app signups. To watch if you already have a subscription, log in below.
The Log in button at the bottom of the screen has also been made more noticeable in the user interface.

The adjustment was made for the obvious reason that similar changes had recently been made to other apps like Audible and Barnes and Nobles Nook. Google has tightened the criteria that Android apps distributed through the Play Store must meet in order to use Google’s billing services, which take a part of the app’s earnings. Hulu can keep all of its income because it doesn’t allow sign-ups within the app and instead creates new accounts through its website.

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