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Hulu Inches Closer To A Paid Subscription Model

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By Chris Scott Barr

It’s been nearly a year since I dropped my cable subscription, and I couldn’t be happier. Between Hulu and Netflix streaming, I have little desire to ever switch back. Of course there has always been that fear that Hulu would switch over to a paid subscription model. Now it seems that a paid model is coming, but it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been.

The current proposal is to continue offering the latest 5 episodes of current shows for free. However, users could pay $9.95 a month for what’s called Hulu Plus. This would get you the entire back-catalog of episodes, rather than being limited to the latest ones. There is no word on whether paying the fee would free you from watching the ads or not.

Essentially, you’ll be getting the same things for free, which is what will keep users aboard. If I can ditch commercials and not be limited to the last 5 episodes of a show, I might be willing to dish out the cash each month. What about you guys, will you stick to the free content or sign up for Hulu Plus?

[ Hulu ] VIA [ LA Times ]








  • gylu

    I stopped watching hulu after their spat with boxee started. I have been living without cable for 3 years now and I don't see myself going back to any TV. I can not say I am that much more productive without TV in my life but it is a change.

  • gylu

    I stopped watching hulu after their spat with boxee started. I have been living without cable for 3 years now and I don't see myself going back to any TV. I can not say I am that much more productive without TV in my life but it is a change.

  • TongBlack

    I think it really depends. I hope that they use the extra revenue generated from subscriptions to in turn offer more content. I think if they do that, even if they don't remove ads from the videos, it would be more enticing to me. I haven't had cable for almost a year either, and while $10/month isn't that bad, going from $0 to $10 doesn't make my budget happy.

  • mcman

    I don't care for Hulu because I don't like the current network offerings and haven't for quite a few years. They don't offer any classic TV other than a couple of shows. If there were a true classic TV site I'd even pay for it.

  • gylu

    I stopped watching hulu after their spat with boxee started. I have been living without cable for 3 years now and I don't see myself going back to any TV. I can not say I am that much more productive without TV in my life but it is a change.

  • TongBlack

    I think it really depends. I hope that they use the extra revenue generated from subscriptions to in turn offer more content. I think if they do that, even if they don't remove ads from the videos, it would be more enticing to me. I haven't had cable for almost a year either, and while $10/month isn't that bad, going from $0 to $10 doesn't make my budget happy.

  • mcman

    I don't care for Hulu because I don't like the current network offerings and haven't for quite a few years. They don't offer any classic TV other than a couple of shows. If there were a true classic TV site I'd even pay for it.