Hulu has ads for the same reason cable tv has ads. I see a lot of people complain saying "Why do I pay for a subscription then have to watch ads?" Well why do most people pay for cable and still watch ads? Hulu updates there episodes more often and gives you the true cable experience. Something netflix doesn't which is why they do not have ads. It costs more to license recent shows so Hulu has to have ads to help pay for that. So answer the main question here I think netflix and hulu are best when paired together. Only about 14 a month which is cheaper then cable and give you plenty of content to consume. The drawback is that there will be no way to watch live sports that aren't televised on the local channels (at least that I know of).