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The competing docs offer a compelling look at the ill-fated festival.
Released in the same week, both documentaries show the lead-up to the island festival, the flawed logistics, the questionable decision-making of co-founder Billy McFarland and those around him, and how Bahamian locals were exploited. But there are a couple major differences. Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, was produced in partnership with Jerry Media, the company that evolved out of the Instagram account Fuck Jerry, which has long been called out for stealing content. The doc also includes more on-the-ground footage from the festival, interviews with McFarland’s former associates and employees, and footage of McFarland, who is now serving time for wire fraud, trying to run another scam while out on bail for that charge.
Hulu’s Fyre Fraud, however, was surprise-released days ahead of Fyre, giving it an advantage in terms of social media buzz. It zooms out a little more, exploring the influencer culture that made Fyre Fest such a destination, the scammer culture that enabled it, and the generational shift that put performance ahead of reality. McFarland was also paid for his on-camera interview, though you don’t get a whole lot of insight from it. While both docs have their own conflicts of interest, the Hulu one is a little more informative and critical. Here’s what you need to know to watch both Fyre Fest documentaries.
How to watch Fyre Fraud on Hulu
There are a couple different options for subscribing to Hulu, and one of them is cheaper than ever. Just this week, Hulu slashed the cost of its basic on-demand service to just $5.99 per month. That unlocks more than 85,000 episodes of your favorite TV shows, 2018 new releases to watch, and the best selection of adult cartoons you’ll find anywhere—not to mention Hulu original series like Handmaid’s Tale. To stream ad-free, however, you’ll have to update to Hulu No Commercials for $11.99 per month.
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Hulu cost breakdown:
- Hulu with Limited Commercials: $5.99 per month
- Hulu with No Commercials: $11.99 per month
- Hulu with Live TV (+ Hulu with Limited Commercials): $44.99 per month
- Hulu with Live TV (+ Hulu with No Commercials): $51.99 per month
How to watch Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened on Netflix
As you might’ve heard, the cost of Netflix is about to go up. Netflix’s most popular plan will soon cost $13 per month. That plan allows you to watch on two screens at once and in HD. If you’re new to Netflix, you can get started with a free one-month trial, which will give you plenty of time to binge. If you need some recommendations, we’ve listed some of our most popular Netflix guides below.
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Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.
Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.