All of those services require that now. It's mainly used as a form of identification to make sure it’s you and then they must have a way to bill you if you purchase any of their content. Most of them have the PayPal option at sign up except for one or two, but on those you can go in there and switch it to PayPal after then make it inactive if you want via PayPal. Anyway, they will not charge you for anything unless you buy something on there. What you do is just enter a passcode for purchases so when someone tries to buy something or when you yourself are not sure it will have you enter it, but they will tell you if it's not free up front most of the time anyway. What I like about this new Roku box is it does not have all of the advertisement crap like the Amazon FireTV box has where they show you movies and TV shows you can purchase. Even the Apple box has it. You have to navigate around all of that junk. The Roku box is simple and clean and you can turn off the Fandango and other options so they are gone. Your installed apps are right there on the right next to the menu selections on the left. See my home screen below. One funny thing though, the PlayStation Vue app is completely different on the Roku box than it is on the FireTV and AppleTV boxes. On the Roku it does not have the channel "Guide" grid You can still click on a channel though and view the options and it will show you what's comping up on that channel so at least that is something, but you cannot go backwards. For some reason, the PlayStation Vue app is different, but I think it's more reliable than on the other two boxes, at least that's what I have noticed so far, but it’s only been one night. Anyway, I will try Hulu again when they make it work on the Roku box. By then they will probably offer me another free trial or I can just use the promotion code for it that came with the box. The main problem with the AppleTV box is that dam shitty remote with the touch slide control, but I doubt they will ever change it. It really sucks and is a P.O.S. because of it It made Hulu's new app format just too hard to use and navigate through. P.S. That 2nd universal remote works with the Roku fine, but it must be pointed right at the box like the RCA remote which is strange. If was fine with the AppleTV box except for the rewind and fast-fwd controls didn't work. The Roku remote that came with it though works better than the FireTV box remote and it can be pointed anywhere. .