A new WeWork documentary puts the cultish workplace on display, including tracking employees at mandatory, alcohol-soaked retreats and WeLive spaces designed to accommodate the amount of sex residents were having

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Hulu released “WeWork: Or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn” on April 2.

  • Hulu’s documentary “WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn” debuted on April 2.
  • It follows the rise and fall of co-working space WeWork and its eccentric founder, Adam Neumann.
  • Here are 4 noteworthy details the film revealed about WeWork’s cult-like work environment.
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A damning new documentary about WeWork is out.

“WeWork: Or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn” documents the co-working space’s rise from one of the world’s hottest startups to a disastrous initial public offering and mass executive exodus.

The documentary, which is available now on Hulu, brought many of aspects WeWork’s cult-like work environment – including mandatory, alcohol-fueled employee retreats – to life, and juxtaposed CEO Adam Neumann’s lofty promises with his irresponsible spending.

Here are 4 of the most surprising details revealed in the film that highlight how much of a cult WeWork resembled. WeWork was not immediately available for comment.

WeWork summer festivals would start serving alcohol at 4 a.m. and there would be open bars in every 50-yard radius.

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Don Lewis, one of at least ten lawyers at WeWork, described the company’s environment as “legitimately the craziest work experience you’ll ever have in your life.”

Every year, WeWork hosted an annual “Summer Camp” employee retreat. Lewis said the Summer Camp started serving alcohol at 4 a.m. and had open bars set up every 50 yards. Scenes from inside the retreat showed raves of hundreds of young people dancing to techno music and pouring beer on top of each other.

“If you wanted to drink ’til the end of time, you could drink ’til the end of time,” Lewis said laughing.

WeWork insiders said Neumann, his wife Rebekah, and other executives would give back-to-back speeches for hours during the day, and at night they would party. Ashton Kutcher and Rick Ross appeared on the summer camp stage in the movie.

WeLive designer Quinton Kerns said he tried to get out of the summer camp one year but was told they were mandatory. Lewis said the company used tracking bracelets to make sure all employees were in attendance.

Read more: Sex, tequila, and a tiger: Employees inside Adam Neumann’s WeWork talk about the nonstop party to attain a $100 billion dream and the messy reality that tanked it

A WeLive commune designer said he “designed everything to hold the weight of two people” because every person living there was young and single

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Launched in 2016, WeLive was a co-living, micro-apartment space that charged $1,375 a month for a room that was “200 square-feet on a good day,” former WeLive member August Urbish said in the documentary.

Urbish said he got a text from a friend that allowed him to rent a space in WeLive after completing an essay on why he would make a good candidate. Once Urbish arrived, he said he noticed most residents were young and single.

WeLive designer Kerns said the crew had designed everything for “the weight of two people,” suggesting the single millennials were having sex regularly.

“Everybody was single,” Kerns said. “We actually had a saying that everything had to be designed to hold the weight of two people.”

Later in the movie, Urbish said he alienated his friends outside of WeLive because of all the time he spent in the commune.

“Every time a friend outside of the We community would come over, they would only come over only that one time because they would walk out with this strange impression of what it is,” he said. “Pretty quickly, I had alienated most of my friends outside of the building.”

WeWork had dozens of C-level managers called ‘C-We-Os’ that new employees were expected to familiarize themselves with. One employee joked that is was so they could ‘bow down’ to the execs in the office.

Former WeWork product manager Joanna Strange said employee orientation meetings occurred every Monday and featured a presentation about the “mythology of WeWork.” Strange, who called the videos “propaganda,” said new employees would loudly chant “WE-WORK” at the end of the video so that the whole office could hear.

Strange said orientation videos had many slides that introduced new employees to everyone at the C-level, who WeWork referred to as “C-We-Os.”

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Lewis described “C-We-Os” as “mini-CEOs” in different regions who went on skiing trips and race car driving excursions, which were presented during the orientation videos.

“The C-We-Os are people who just want to talk about their awesomeness, they had that very much in common with Adam,” Strange said. “It was almost like you needed to know who was at the top so when they came past you could bow down to them.”

Lewis added there were no minorities in the WeWork C-suite: “There wasn’t proper diversity at WeWork, period, hard stop.”

One manager bragged to colleagues over email about how many people on his team he fired: “Ha bitches I cut more than 7% of my team!”

In 2016, Strange said she was working both her job and her manager’s job to the point where he gave her his passwords. Strange said she used the passwords to log onto her manager’s accounts to do his work for him at times.

Strange said one day she found an email in her manager’s inbox with a list of people he will fire that included her. She said it appeared each manager had to cut 7% of their employees because WeWork was losing money.

Strange said her manager bragged about firing more than 7% of his workers, and that he wrote “Ha bitches I cut more than 7% of my team.”

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March Madness 2021 nears its end with the Final Four this weekend – here’s how to watch every game without cable

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  • The 2021 NCAA Basketball tournament, commonly known as March Madness, began on March 18.
  • This weekend, the men’s Final Four will air on CBS, while the women’s Final Four will air on ESPN.
  • To stream all the games through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March Madness is nearing its conclusion as the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments are both down to their Final Four. The women’s Final Four will play first on April 2 with ESPN airing the game live from San Antonio, Texas; CBS will broadcast the Men’s Final Four on April 3 from Indianapolis, Indiana.

After canceling the annual event for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA revived its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments with precautions in place. Rather than splitting tournament games across several different cities, the NCAA invited all 68 qualifying men’s teams to Indianapolis and the 64 women’s teams to San Antonio.

If you don’t already have access to CBS through your TV provider, you can stream the men’s Final Four and national championship game with a Paramount Plus subscription starting at $6 a month. The women’s Final Four and championship game will only air on ESPN, so if you’re not a cable subscriber you’ll need to pay for a service like Sling, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV to watch live.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18 and continues with the Final Four this weekend. The tournament will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on April 5.

The men’s Final Four will feature a clash of two Texas schools when Houston plays Baylor, while a surprising UCLA team will continue its run towards the school’s 12th tournament championship against Gonzaga, an undefeated powerhouse.

In the women’s tournament, three of the four top seeded teams remain, including the perennial favorite UConn Huskies, led by freshman and AP Player of the Year Paige Bueckers.

Below you can find a chart of the remaining games, dates, and times for the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official March Madness website.

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Women’s Final Four:
South Carolina (1) vs. Stanford (1)

6 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Women’s Final Four:
Arizona (3) vs. UConn (1)

9:30 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Men’s Final Four:
Houston (2) vs. Baylor (1)

5:14 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS

Men’s Final Four: UCLA (11) vs. Gonzaga (1)

8:34 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
Women’s Championship Game 6 p.m. ET on April 4 ESPN
Men’s Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

How to watch March Madness 2021

The remaining men’s March Madness 2021 games are airing on CBS, while the remaining women’s games are being broadcast on ESPN.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, and you want a single streaming service with access to all of the women’s and men’s March Madness games, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet.

If you just need access to the men’s games, Paramount Plus is your cheapest option. If you just need access to the women’s games, Sling Orange is your most affordable option.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both offer every March Madness game

Hulu + Live TV offers around 65 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial. The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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You can use Paramount Plus to watch the March Madness games on CBS

If you just want access to the men’s March Madness games on CBS, one of your cheapest options is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming along with some exclusive on-demand content for plans starting at just $6 a month.

You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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You can use Sling Orange to watch the March Madness games on ESPN

If you just want access to the women’s March Madness games on ESPN, Sling TV’s Orange plan is your cheapest streaming option. Sling Orange offers live ESPN along with several other channels for $35 a month. New members can get their first month of service for just $25.

You can find more information about Sling in our full breakdown of Sling TV channels.

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HBO Max lets you watch everything on HBO, plus exclusive shows and brand-new Warner Bros. movies – here’s how to sign up

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  • HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s on-demand streaming service, costs $15 a month.
  • It’s the same price as HBO’s cable network, but includes a bigger library of movies and shows.
  • Warner Bros. will also debut all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day they launch in theaters.

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HBO Max is a streaming service that blends HBO’s library of prestige original series with a huge catalog of blockbuster movies and TV shows provided by WarnerMedia. HBO Max launched in May 2020 for $15 a month.

Most people who subscribe to HBO through cable can claim their own free HBO Max subscription using their provider. In January, parent company AT&T said the service had already reached 40 million subscribers in the US, surpassing a goal it didn’t expect to reach for two more years.

HBO Max features way more content than HBO’s cable offerings, including brand-new theatrical releases from Warner Bros. Older titles and network shows, like “Friends” and “Rick and Morty,” are also available. Subscribers can watch new exclusive movies and series as well, including the sci-fi show “Raised by Wolves.”

With its large collection of programs, and a growing slate of original titles, HBO Max is one of our best reviewed streaming services.

Where can I sign up for HBO Max?

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HBO Max launched on May 27, 2020.

You can sign up for HBO Max right now through HBOMax.com. In addition to the HBO Max website, you can also sign up for an HBO Max subscription directly through select partner services, including AT&T, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, Spectrum, Hulu, YouTube TV, Apple TV, and Google Play.

If you currently pay for HBO in your cable package, you likely already have access to HBO Max as part of your subscription. Depending on your provider, you may be able to sign directly into the HBO Max app, or you’ll be prompted to create an account. You can view a full list of qualifying HBO Max providers here.

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How much does HBO Max cost?

HBO Max costs $15 a month, the same price as regular HBO and three dollars less than a premium Netflix subscription. For that price, you get ad-free access to all of the platform’s content.

As mentioned above, most people who already subscribe to HBO are eligible to receive HBO Max at no extra cost to their current subscription fee.

Though HBO Max initially offered a free trial period through its site, that promotion is no longer available. If you sign up for HBO Max as an add-on through Hulu, however, new members can still receive a one-week trial.

The differences between HBO Max, HBO Go, and HBO Now

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HBO Max is an on-demand streaming platform combining HBO’s iconic original programming with an even larger library of movies and shows from WarnerMedia. The service is essentially a replacement for HBO’s older streaming options: HBO Go and HBO Now.

HBO Go was a streaming companion app for HBO cable subscribers, while HBO Now was a standalone streaming option with access to HBO without cable. On July 31, HBO discontinued the HBO Go app. On that same day, HBO rebranded HBO Now to just “HBO.”

Most people who were using the HBO Go or HBO Now app can now simply use their same account information to sign into HBO Max instead. You can see if your HBO subscription qualifies for HBO Max here.

HBO (formerly HBO Now) will continue to include streaming access to the same library of content that HBO cable subscribers can watch. This includes HBO original programming and the channel’s rotating selection of movies.

HBO Max, however, builds upon this content selection by incorporating more original titles and hundreds of additional TV shows and movies from WarnerMedia. HBO Max also allows you to download and store your favorite shows on your devices to watch while you’re offline.

For the time being, HBO and HBO Max each cost $15 a month. Since HBO Max offers a larger streaming library than HBO, it’s clearly the better choice.

Where can I watch HBO Max?

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HBO Max can be streamed via its official website and the HBO Max app. You can find the app on Apple, Android, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Samsung smart TVs.

Those who sign up for HBO Max directly though a partnered service, like Hulu or Apple TV, will be able to access regular HBO content through the partner service’s app. To watch HBO Max exclusives, however, you still need to use the separate HBO Max app.

Is HBO Max on Roku and Fire TV?

Though HBO Max was initially missing from Fire TV, Roku, and PlayStation devices when it launched in May 2020, the service is now available to download on all of those platforms.

Currently, LG’s smart TVs are the only major connected-devices that are missing native support for the HBO Max app.

What shows and movies are on HBO Max?

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HBO Max features all of HBO’s original shows, from “The Wire” and “The Sopranos” to “Westworld and “Game of Thrones.” The library also includes the cable channel’s rotating lineup of movies. On top of all that, HBO Max offers additional titles from WarnerMedia’s catalog, as well as new exclusives.

Most notably, HBO Max has become the streaming destination for brand-new movies from Warner Bros. the same day they’re released in theaters. “Godzilla vs. Kong” is the latest movie to premiere on HBO Max and theaters at the same time. New films will remain on HBO Max for 31 days. After that time, they will play exclusively in theaters until their official home video release.

HBO Max also features a handful of new original series, including the sci-fi show “Raised by Wolves,” the comedy series “Love Life” starring Anna Kendrick, and a new “Looney Tunes” show featuring Bugs Bunny and company.

Beyond original programs, the HBO Max catalog offers a wide range of TV series from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. The HBO Max movie catalog incorporates critically acclaimed films from the Criterion Collection and Studio Ghibli, alongside hundreds of blockbuster WarnerMedia movies. The service currently hosts 1,300 films.

For additional streaming coverage, be sure to read our guides for the best streaming services and the best streaming sticks and devices.

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A parent’s review of Disney Plus: It’s hands down the best streaming service for kids

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Disney Plus features a ton of kid-friendly content.

  • Disney Plus is packed with family-friendly entertainment perfect for parents and their kids.
  • Parental controls allow you to fine-tune what your kids can watch and set a PIN to protect profiles.
  • At $8 a month, Disney Plus is also affordable, making it a great choice for families on a budget.

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Bringing the magic of Disney to the small screen, the Disney Plus streaming service has a lot to offer families and kids. And best of all, the platform comes in at a budget-friendly price of just $8 a month.

After spending over a year watching the service with my wife, our 8-year-old daughter, and our 11-year-old son, I continue to be impressed by the platform’s selection of all-ages content and kid-friendly navigation options. Here’s why Disney Plus remains our go-to streaming service for family viewing.

What can kids watch on Disney Plus?

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Disney Plus features a ton of movies and shows for kids and families. There’s a good mixture of blockbuster films and TV series that cover Disney’s entire library, from classics like “Snow White” and “101 Dalmatians” to recent releases like “Moana” and “Frozen II.” Live-action versions of “Aladdin” and “Lion King” sit alongside the animated originals.

The Disney Plus catalog also includes Pixar titles like “Toy Story,” Marvel superhero blockbusters, “Star Wars” cartoons and movies, documentaries from National Geographic, and plenty of kid-friendly titles from Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD.

In the US, Disney Plus has no R-rated content at all. The maximum ratings are PG-13 for movies and TV-14 for shows. This makes its library uniquely suited for families. Outside of the US, Disney Plus recently added an adult-focused section called Star, which does include R-rated movies and mature shows. Thankfully, Disney makes it easy to restrict access to these programs if you have kids.

My family experience with Disney Plus

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We signed up for Disney Plus when it first launched, and I recently renewed it for another year. As big “Star Wars” and Marvel fans, my whole family has enjoyed watching and rewatching the major movies.

The highlight of the service so far has been “The Mandalorian,” which became a weekly treat that brought us all together. We’ve also enjoyed introducing our bemused kids to nostalgic movies like “The Black Hole” and “Freaky Friday.” There’s a lot of choice if you’re hunting for family-friendly films, and we often pick something from Disney Plus for family movie nights.

My 8-year-old daughter is by far the most avid watcher of Disney Plus in the house. She loves the Disney and Pixar movies and watches favorites over and over. She also enjoys many of the Disney shows. My 11-year-old son is less interested, but there are certain series they frequently watch together, such as “Phineas and Ferb,” “Gravity Falls,” and “The Simpsons.” He also likes some of the National Geographic documentaries.

My wife and I enjoyed “WandaVision,” but that’s one of the few things we’ve watched on Disney Plus without the kids. That is beginning to change, however, with the addition of Star in the UK where we live.

Parental controls on Disney Plus

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Parental controls are included to restrict what kids can watch on Disney Plus.

With the launch of Star in international markets, Disney Plus revamped its parental controls, enabling optional PIN protection for profiles. The updated parental controls rolled out globally, so they also brought new options to parents in the US.

When creating a profile for your child, you can now specify the content rating from TV-Y at the bottom of the scale all the way up to TV-14. This gives you tighter control for kids of different ages.

You can also toggle on “Kid’s Profile,” which changes the Disney Plus interface and limits the profile to content that’s suitable for kids. In the US, that means shows rated up to TV-Y7-FV and films rated G. The kid’s interface also organizes titles into simpler categories like “Super heroes” or “Princesses” instead of the “Marvel” or “Disney” categories you see with regular profiles.

The “Kid’s Profile” is ideal for younger children and, as long as you add a PIN to other profiles, there’s no danger your child will find anything inappropriate.

There is one potential issue here for families with multiple children, however. We set up PIN protection for the adult profiles, but didn’t want to for the kids. We allow my son to access 12+ content, while my daughter has the “Kid’s Profile” setting. But we soon found that this meant there was nothing stopping my daughter from choosing my son’s profile to gain access to a slightly wider library. The only way around this was to add a PIN to my son’s profile.

Can different family members watch at the same time?

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Disney Plus supports multiple profiles.

For any family-friendly streaming service it’s important to have support for a wide range of devices, and the option to have multiple simultaneous streams. Disney Plus nails this with support for most smart TV brands, Roku, Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and pretty much any Android or Apple media device you can buy. You can also stream through a web browser.

You can have Disney Plus play on four devices simultaneously, so you and you children can watch different titles at the same time. You can also download as much content as you want on up to ten mobiles devices. This makes it easy to save shows for your kids to watch later when you might not have access to an internet connection.

How does Disney Plus compare to other services?

We also subscribe to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Technically speaking, Disney Plus has some advantages since it offers 4K movies at no extra cost and it handles limited Wi-Fi bandwidth gracefully.

With Netflix, you need a Premium account at $18 a month to get 4K and stream on four screens simultaneously. With Prime Video, there’s no extra cost for 4K, but you are limited to three simultaneous streams. Prime Video is also slightly more expensive at $9 a month on its own, or $13 a month as part of Amazon Prime.

There are more adult-focused titles on Netflix and Prime, but Disney Plus is better for young kids. Classic Disney films are the kind of movies that kids will watch over and over. This type of content is disappearing from other services as Disney continues to make its programs exclusive to Disney Plus.

Netflix and Prime Video do offer some family favorites like “SpongeBob Squarepants,” “Pokemon,” and “Scooby-Doo,” but we’ve also found that they carry a lot of subpar shows. The fact that they change content often can also lead to disappointment. So far, Disney Plus seems to have a more permanent library.

There’s quantity and quality for kids on Disney Plus. If family viewing is a priority for you, then Disney Plus can’t be beat right now.

Should your family get Disney Plus?

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Choosing a streaming service for your family will largely depend on your children’s tastes and your own beliefs about what’s appropriate. We feel Disney Plus is a must-have for kids around 10 and younger, but it isn’t as good for older kids unless they’re heavily into “Star Wars” or Marvel.

It’s nice to have a streaming service you can browse together without fear of inappropriate content, and there’s always something on Disney Plus that you can watch with a family of all ages.

You can sign up for Disney Plus today for $8 a month or $80 a year. In the US, you can bundle the service with Hulu and ESPN+ for $14 a month. This is a great way to supplement your Disney Plus subscription with access to live sports and more adult-focused content, making the bundle a value that’s equally strong for kids and their parents.

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How to get the Disney Plus bundle with ESPN+ and the different versions of Hulu

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How to combine Disney Plus, ESPN+ and ad-free Hulu

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At just $8 a month, Disney Plus is one of the most affordable streaming services you can sign up for. The platform features a large collection of movies and shows from Disney’s various brands and franchises, including Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic.

As extensive as the Disney Plus library is, however, the platform does have some weak spots. Most notably, Disney Plus doesn’t offer sports or any currently airing seasons of network shows. The service’s family-friendly library also lacks any R-rated content. Thankfully, Disney Plus offers a discounted bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu to give subscribers those options.

The bundle costs $14 a month, which is about $6 less per month than you’d pay if you subscribed to all three services separately. Though the deal includes the version of Hulu with ads by default, you can pay more to get the bundle with ad-free Hulu or Hulu + Live TV.

How much does the Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu bundle cost?

The bundle with Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu is available in a variety of packages, with prices starting at $14 a month. Here’s a full breakdown of bundle options:

Bundle plan Price
Disney Plus, Hulu Basic, and ESPN+ bundle: $14 a month
Disney Plus, Hulu (ad-free), and ESPN+ bundle: $20 a month
Disney Plus, Hulu Basic + Live TV, and ESPN+ bundle: $73 a month
Disney Plus, Hulu (ad-free) + Live TV, and ESPN+ bundle: $79 a month

How to sign up for the Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu bundle

If you live in the US, signing up for the Disney Plus bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ is as simple as visiting the Disney Plus website and selecting the bundle option. The base package costs $14 a month. If you’re a current subscriber to one of the services, you can upgrade to the discounted bundle here.

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After entering in your email address and payment information you’ll be able to activate your account on each service. You can use the same account information across each platform, but you will need to access each service’s app separately.

This default bundle only includes the ad-supported version of Hulu, but you can get the ad-free or live TV plans if you sign up directly through Hulu. We’ve broken down the process below to make things easy.

How to combine Disney Plus, ESPN+, and ad-free Hulu or Hulu + Live TV

  1. If you’re a new subscriber to these services, visit the Hulu bundle page here to sign up.
  2. You can then select which version of Hulu you’d like with the bundle: Hulu with ads ($14/month), Hulu without ads ($20/month), or Hulu + Live TV ($73/month).
  3. Enter in the required account information and payment details to continue.
  4. Once you finish the sign up process, you’ll be able to access Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN+ through their respective apps.
  5. If you’d like to switch Hulu plans or cancel at a later date, you can adjust your subscription through the “Manage Your Account” section of the Hulu website.

Can I upgrade to ad-free Hulu or Hulu + Live TV if I already have the bundle?

If you subscribed to the bundle through Hulu, you can easily upgrade your Hulu plan through the “Manage Your Account” section of the Hulu website.

However, if you originally subscribed to the bundle through Disney, you’ll need to cancel your existing bundle subscription first if you want to upgrade your Hulu plan. After you cancel your bundle subscription, you can sign up for a bundle with Hulu Premium or Hulu + Live TV here.

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March Madness 2021 is airing on CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV – here’s how to watch every game without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 began on March 18, and will end with the NCAA Championship Game on April 5.
  • Games are spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV through cable and live streaming services.
  • To get access to every channel through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament, is in full swing. CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV are all showing select games, and you can catch the action through several streaming services. Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV are our top recommendations since they include every channel you need for $65 a month.

The NCAA has created two safe sites for this years men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with 68 men’s teams playing in Indianapolis, Indiana, and 64 women’s teams playing in San Antonio, Texas. The single-elimination tournament will be held over a three-week span to determine which college has the top squad.

Wondering how to get your eyeballs on all these high-stakes contests without a cable subscription? Look no further.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18. The tournament will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on April 5.

Below you can find a chart of the remaining dates and times for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official March Madness website. For a full breakdown of each game’s specific airing station and time, check out this handy list.

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Second round (day two) 12:10 p.m. ET on March 22 CBS, TNT, TBS
Sweet 16 (day one) 2:40 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. ET on March 27 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Sweet 16 (day two) 1 p.m and 7 p.m. ET on March 28 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Elite Eight (day one) 7 p.m. ET on March 29 CBS
Elite Eight (day two) 6 p.m. ET on March 30 TBS
Final Four 5 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
NCAA Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament began on March 21, with the Women’s Final Four planned for April 2, and the Women’s National Championship Game scheduled for April 4.

How to watch March Madness 2021

March Madness 2021 games are spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. The easiest way to watch every game is to use the March Madness Live website or streaming app, and sign in with a supported cable or satellite provider. From there, you can stream every game in the whole enchilada.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, and you want a single streaming service with access to all four March Madness networks, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both offer every March Madness game

Hulu + Live TV offers around 65 channels for $65 a month, including CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial. The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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You can use Paramount Plus to watch the March Madness games on CBS

If you just want access to the March Madness games on CBS, one of your cheapest options is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming along with some exclusive on-demand content for plans starting at just $6 a month.

You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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You can use Sling TV to watch the March Madness games on TNT and TBS

If you just want to stream the games on TNT, TBS, and TruTV, and you don’t want or need CBS, then Sling TV is the most affordable streaming service you can use.

Sling has two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. The Blue plan offers all three Turner networks, but Orange is missing TruTV. Blue will run you $35 a month, and you can watch three simultaneous streams.

Sling’s three-day free trial won’t get you the whole tournament, but you could watch a solid slate of games that way. Remember, though: no CBS with Sling.

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March Madness 2021 begins tonight with the first games on TBS and TruTV – here’s how to watch every matchup without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 will begin with the First Four on March 18 at 5:10 p.m. ET.
  • Games will be spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV through cable and live streaming services.
  • To get access to every channel through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March is upon us, and you know what that means. The sports community – and the sports betting community – are gearing up for this year’s edition of March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament.

The NCAA has created two safe sites for this years men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with 68 men’s teams playing in Indianapolis, Indiana, and 64 women’s teams playing in San Antonio, Texas. The single-elimination tournament will be held over a three-week span to determine which college has the top squad, and which fight song will play as colorful confetti rains down and the champs cut down the nets.

Last year’s tournament was canceled for the first time in NCAA history as the COVID-19 outbreak swelled. With the pandemic still looming, Indiana will limit the normally raucous crowds to 25% of their normal capacity. That said, millions will no doubt be watching remotely with baited breath to see which team will capture the first title since Virginia’s 2019 win.

Wondering how to get your eyeballs on all these high-stakes contests without a cable subscription? Look no further.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with Selection Sunday determining the tournament bracket on March 14. The tournament will commence with the First Four on March 18 starting at 5:10 p.m. ET. Below you can find a chart of the key dates and times for 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official NCAA March Madness website.

For a full breakdown of each game’s specific airing station and time, check out this handy list.

Event Coverage begins Channels
Selection Sunday

6 p.m. ET on March 14

CBS
First Four

5:10 p.m. ET on March 18

TruTV, TBS
First round (day one) 12:15 p.m. ET on March 19 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
First round (day two) 12:15 p.m. ET on March 20 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Second round (day one) 12 p.m. ET on March 21 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Second round (day two) 12 p.m. ET on March 22 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Sweet 16 (day one) 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET on March 27 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Sweet 16 (day two) 1 p.m and 7 p.m. ET on March 28 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Elite Eight (day one) 7 p.m. ET on March 29 CBS
Elite Eight (day two) 6 p.m. ET on March 30 TBS
Final Four 5 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
NCAA Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament will begin on March 21, with the Women’s Final Four planned for April 2, and the Women’s National Championship Game scheduled for April 4.

How to watch March Madness 2021

The easiest way to watch March Madness 2021 – which you likely have already figured out if you’ve got the credentials – is to use the March Madness Live website or streaming app, and sign in with a supported cable or satellite provider. From there, you can stream every game in the whole enchilada.

If you’re reading this article, however, you’re probably saying to yourself, “But I don’t have cable. That’s why I’m here.” Right! Well, there are other ways to watch, so fear not.

Games are being spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV, and there are several streaming services that include one or more of those channels. If you want a single service with access to all four March Madness networks, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet. Each service costs $65 a month.

If you just want access to some of the channels, we’ve broken additional details on streaming options for each network below.

How to watch the CBS games without cable

As a network station, there are many ways to stream CBS if you don’t already have a cable or satellite package.

Paramount Plus

One of the cheapest ways to get live CBS streaming access is via Paramount Plus. The service offers some exclusive on-demand content in addition to live streaming for plans starting at just $6 a month. You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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Live streaming services with CBS

For people who want a larger assortment of channels to go along with CBS, live streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, Youtube TV, and FuboTV all have you covered. Crucially, Sling does not offer CBS, so don’t go that route.

How to watch the Turner games without cable

Since TBS, TNT, and TruTV are all Turner networks, they all fall under the same subscription umbrellas. Unfortunately, their availability doesn’t overlap perfectly with CBS, which would have made this guide a little bit simpler and shorter. Alas!

Youtube TV

Youtube TV includes all the Turner networks and CBS, which makes it pretty enticing, but it does run $65 a month. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu also offers live streaming with all four networks included. It costs $65 a month, though you can plop down an extra $7 a month to get a bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+ as well. You can get a week free to start, and you get to watch on two devices at once.

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AT&T TV

You’ll get CBS and the Turner networks with the “base” tier of AT&T TV, called “Entertainment,” though it does run $70 a month. You can watch on three devices at the same time, but there does not appear to be any sort of available free trial.

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Sling Blue

Sling has two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. The Blue plan offers all three Turner networks, but Orange is missing TruTV. Blue will run you $35 a month, and you can watch three simultaneous streams. A three-day free trial won’t get you the whole tournament, but you could watch a solid slate of games that way. Remember, though: no CBS with Sling.

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HBO Max is available as a Hulu add-on for $15 a month – here’s how it works

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  • You can watch HBO on Hulu with the HBO Max add-on for an additional $15 a month.
  • The add-on gives you access to HBO’s entire catalog of shows and movies directly through Hulu.
  • You also get access to HBO Max content through the HBO Max app.

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For years, HBO has been one of the most popular premium channels to add to your cable subscription. And now, as streaming services continue to expand, there are even more ways to watch HBO without a traditional TV plan.

The easiest method is to sign up for an HBO Max subscription, and the streaming service is even available as an add-on to other existing platforms, like Hulu.

Hulu’s HBO Max add-on costs the same as the standalone HBO Max service. The only difference is you pay for HBO Max each month alongside your Hulu plan, and you can access most HBO content directly through Hulu. This makes it easy to consolidate apps and accounts.

If you want to watch your favorite HBO content, both new and old, here’s how you can with your Hulu plan.

How much is HBO Max on Hulu?

If you want to get HBO on Hulu, the best option is the HBO Max add-on, which costs $15 a month on top of your existing Hulu subscription. Hulu itself starts at $6 a month for the ad-supported plan. You can find a full breakdown of Hulu packages and prices here.

The add-on will get you all your favorite shows and movies from HBO, along with the ability to sign into the HBO Max app for even more content.

Hulu also offers a more limited “HBO” add-on for the same price. As the missing “Max” in the name implies, this add-on doesn’t come with access to HBO Max. Since both options actually cost the same amount of money, it’s a no brainer to get the HBO Max add-on instead of just “HBO.”

If you’re a Hulu subscriber, you can get a one-week free trial when you sign up for the HBO Max add-on.

What’s included with HBO Max on Hulu?

The HBO Max add-on gives you on-demand access to everything on HBO directly through the Hulu app. You can even watch live HBO streams through Hulu on supported devices. Subscribers to the add-on can also use their Hulu account information to log into the HBO Max app for even more content.

Most HBO premieres will be available on Hulu within minutes of the episode airing on the cable channel. You can also watch nearly all of HBO’s classic programming on-demand. Naturally, the entire catalog of “Game of Thrones” is available if you want to obsessively watch it on a loop so you’ve memorized every detail by the time the much-anticipated prequel drops.

If you want to diversify your binging, you can catch up on shows that are between seasons, like “Westworld” and “Barry.” Or you can revisit some of the classics that made HBO a household name, like “The Sopranos,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Wire,” “Sex and the City,” and so many more.

Meanwhile, if you switch to the HBO Max app you can stream an even larger selection of shows and movies. Most notably, HBO Max offers new movies from Warner Bros. on the same day they hit theaters. This includes upcoming releases like “Godzilla vs. Kong” on March 31. Right now, you can stream the animated feature “Tom and Jerry.”

The add-on also lets you stream HBO Max originals, such as “The Flight Attendant” and “Raised by Wolves.” Plus, we can’t forget to mention all the additional movies available through HBO Max – HBO does stand for Home Box Office after all. Recent releases like “Joker,” “The King of Staten Island,” and “Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn” sit alongside nostalgic gems like “Billy Elliot,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” “City of God,” and “Cast Away.”

Can I watch HBO Max content through the Hulu app?

You can’t watch HBO Max content directly through the Hulu app. Although the HBO Max add-on will make it easier to pay for Hulu and HBO Max in one bill, you’ll have to download the HBO Max app to watch exclusive HBO Max titles.

You can think of the add-on as a bundle. You get HBO directly through Hulu, along with access to the separate HBO Max app as a bonus – all under the same payment plan.

For more information about HBO Max, check out our HBO Max review and our HBO Max guide.

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How Disney’s international streaming strategy takes a page from Netflix’s playbook

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek.

  • Disney launched its general-entertainment service Star in some international markets on Tuesday.
  • Disney is ramping up its international streaming strategy as Netflix ramps up originals outside the US.
  • Industry watchers have different perspectives on what Disney’s strategy means for the US-based Hulu.
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With Hollywood upended by the coronavirus pandemic, Disney -like other media companies – has prioritized its streaming ambitions. And it’s taking a page out of Netflix’s book to meet its long-term goals.

The company launched its general-entertainment Star brand (which started in India) in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe on Tuesday as a new tile in the Disney Plus app. Last week, it announced had commissioned 10 European titles for Disney Plus and Star.

Disney commissioning a string of local originals when entering new territory is a change in strategy, and is similar to what Netflix has done. For decades, Disney has positioned itself as an entertainment leader across the world with its beloved IP, mainly through theatrical movies and theme parks. It has primarily exported Disney’s US-based franchises to the world. Disney Plus’ early strategy mostly followed its tried-and-true playbook, but now the company is looking beyond its well-known IP like Marvel and “Star Wars,” as it expands both its Star brand and slate of local originals. 

Disney expects to hit 300 million to 350 million subscribers worldwide across its several streaming platforms by 2024, reflecting the company’s confidence in its streaming growth. Disney Plus itself already has more than 95 million subscribers worldwide.

Netflix has already grown into a global streaming powerhouse with more than 200 million users worldwide. It’s done so in part by buying or producing international movies and TV shows, from the British “Bodyguard” to the French “Lupin.”

63% of upcoming Netflix original TV shows that have been announced are international titles, according to the research firm Ampere Analysis.

“There’s a degree to which they’d be competing, but it’s more about them facing the same market dynamics,” Ed Border, a research director at Ampere Analysis, said of Netflix and Disney.

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“Lupin” is one of Netflix’s most popular shows of all time.

Experts weigh in on Hulu’s future

Disney’s expansion of Star, however, raises big questions about Hulu.

Hulu, which has 39 million subscribers in the US, is nowhere in Disney’s plans outside the US.

Disney took full operational control of Hulu in 2019 after it acquired many Fox assets, including its stake in the streaming service. The company projects it to reach 50 million to 60 million subscribers by 2024.

But the ability to get to the high end of those projections “may not exist” without international support, Joe McCormack, a media analyst at the research firm Third Bridge, told Insider in December ahead of Disney’s investor day.

At this point last year, Disney had actually planned to roll out Hulu beyond the US. The new CEO, Bob Chapek, had said in a February 2020 earnings call that the expansion would begin by 2021.

But a couple of factors likely contributed to Disney’s reversal:

  • Comcast still has a 33% stake in Hulu until 2024, at which point Disney can buy based on a third-party assessment of Hulu’s market value. If Hulu becomes more valuable, Disney will pay more.
  • Hulu has “no brand awareness outside the US,” Chapek said in an August 2020 earnings call.

“Nobody in Europe knows what the f— Hulu is,” a former Hulu executive told Insider in December (he requested anonymity to protect business relationships).

Star will stream many Hulu exclusives outside the US, such as FX originals and content from a recent deal with the Kardashians.

But industry watchers have different perspectives on how Disney’s plans for Hulu will evolve over time.

Steve Nason, the research director at the research and consulting firm Parks Associates, said that Hulu’s future is “very much up in the air.”

The biggest potential danger Hulu faces, according to Border, is if more licensed content leaves. For instance, NBCU has the option of ending licensing deals with Hulu starting in 2022.

But Border said that Hulu provides Disney the opportunity to balance its mature content that it inherited from the Fox deal with the more all-ages content found on Disney Plus. And Ampere Analysis projects Hulu to reach about 52 million subscribers in the next four years.

“Hulu has a strong brand in the US,” Border said. “If Hulu continues to be a big earner, Disney wouldn’t want to damage the balance between the two platforms. But if Hulu starts losing subscribers, Disney could shift strategies.”

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Hulu president Kelly Campbell during Disney’s Investor Day presentation on December 10.

Disney is entering Netflix’s arena

As Disney grows its streaming business outside the US and it becomes a bigger part of its revenue, it will tailor more of its content to international subscribers – just as Netflix did. Disney is already ramping up development of international originals for Disney Plus and Star.

That means that Disney and Netflix’s strategies will align more. Border noted that Disney Plus grew rapidly in the US and aggressive expansion is the logical next step.

To sustain its growth, Netflix has invested heavily in international markets, whether by acquiring international titles and branding them as Netflix originals, or producing its own titles outside the US.

Of Netflix’s original movies and shows that it commissioned, produced, or funded itself, 40% were international titles as of December, according to Ampere Analysis. Of its original shows and movies that it bought from other distributors, 52% were international titles.

Of upcoming original content that Netflix has announced:

  • TV shows: 37% US, 63% international
  • Movies: 62% US, 38% international
  • Total – 50% US/50% international

“Commissioning content from local hubs gives Netflix a springboard into non-US markets as that becomes an increasingly bigger customer base,” Border said.

“Disney is just entering the same world Netflix has been in,” he added.

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Disney Plus has started to roll out Star, an entertainment channel for adults. It’s also boosting prices in non-US markets.

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  • Disney Plus subscription fees will increase by about 33% in non-US markets starting Tuesday.
  • Star will launch first in Europe, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, according to Disney.
  • Disney wants to hit 300 million to 350 million total streaming subscriptions by 2024.
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Disney Plus began to launch Star, a new entertainment brand for adults, in non-US markets this week and is also increasing its subscription fees by about 33% in those regions, according to a Disney Plus Star factsheet

Star, the sixth tile in the Disney Plus app, first launched February 23 in Europe, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada and will roll out later in the year across Eastern Europe, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong, according to a Disney Plus Star factsheet.

The company didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s question about whether the price increases in those markets was attributed to the added content via Star. 

In the UK, for example, existing and new subscribers will pay £7.99 ($11.15) per month or £79.90 ($111.50) annually.  That’s compared to the current monthly subscription fee of £5.99 ($8.36) monthly or £59.99 ($83.71) yearly.

Star will offer content that is updated weekly from Disney Television Studios, 20th Century Studios, and Touchstone, among others, Disney said. Star will also offer over 35 first-run series set to premiere by the end of 2021, and deliver around 50 local originals every year by 2024, the company said in the factsheet. 

The brand’s launch comes as streaming services, including Netflix, Prime, and Hulu, thrive as people continue to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic. The combined number of US subscribers for the major streaming services increased more than 50% between December, 2019, and December, 2020, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis conducted with market research firms MoffettNathanson and Harris X. 

Disney didn’t reveal how many subscribers it expects to gain from Star, but it expects its streaming services to hit 300 million to 350 million total subscriptions by 2024, a company spokesperson told Insider.

The Disney Plus video streaming platform, launched in 2019, and has a subscriber base of 94.9 million as of January 2, according to the company.

Star will also come with a parental control app feature that allows users to set their content age rating that ranges from zero+ to 18+, according to the Disney+ website. It also allows them to add a password to the rated content as well as the app. 

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