Posted by: Joe Eds | April 22, 2010

No, Hulu, No!!

$9.95 a month. That’s how much Hulu is going to start charging at the end of May, according to The LA Times.

Under the proposal, Hulu would continue to provide for free the five most recent episodes of shows like Fox’s “Glee,” “ABC’s “Lost” or NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” But viewers who want to see additional episodes would pay $9.95 a month to access a more comprehensive selection, called Hulu Plus, these people said.

Hulu ranks second only to Google’s YouTube in terms of monthly video streams in the U.S.

So, the most recent episodes are free. The backlog will cost $$$. How long are the recent episodes free? Next day after airing? $10 a month is too steep. My gas bill isn’t $10 a month.

Au revoir, Hulu.

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  1. Hmmmm, a few thoughts in defense of this move.

    1) Digital distribution is the future, so it’s good to see companies experimenting with revenue streams rather than just trying to squash it. The music industry has figured this out with iTunes, and TV needs its own model as well.

    2) Look at $10 as their opening bid. If that is too steep, they’ll figure it out soon enough when the markets react. The price may eventually come down.

    3) I already pay over $40 a month for internet. I’d much rather add another $10 onto that for Hulu than another $40 or so for cable.

  2. It might be harder for them to sell ads against the older episodes, so they need to find a way to pay for maintaining it. Or they may just want to screw people. Take your pick.

  3. I think they (they = GE who owns it) want to make more money and compete with Netflix which streams more and more of it’s library, specifically it’s TV library.

    Hearing more about it, Hulu.com will stay somewhat the same, and now there will be Hulu Plus that will have the full episode library of certain shows.


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