The Handmaid’s Fail: Hulu Hit by Widespread Outages on Thursday

Service goes down one day after Hulu increased its monthly fees for its live TV package

Thousands of Hulu customers were unable to stream “The Handmaid’s Tale” or a classic episode of “The O.C.” on Thursday afternoon after the service went down — one day after the Disney-owned streaming service’s latest price hikes went into effect.

Hulu experienced a spike in reported issues on Downdetector.com, a website dedicated to tracking outages, on Thursday afternoon. About 26,000 people reported streaming problems between about 2 and 3 p.m. PT. Most of the reported problems appeared to stem from the West Coast, according to the site’s map.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

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