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Hulu to launch a monthly $9.95 subscription service

Apr. 22, 2010by: George Merchan

Well, we knew it was coming, and it looks like it's gonna happen a lot sooner than we may have thought. As soon as May 24th, the popular video-streaming website Hulu will begin testing a $9.95 monthly subscription service being called "Hulu Plus".

The L.A. Times reports that under the new 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."

There are a few questions that arise from this. One for instance - Will paying 10 bucks a month allow me to watch shows without any commercial interruptions? One would hope so, but it's not yet being made quite clear. The L.A. Times article does point out however that while currently Hulu does show periodic advertisements during video streams, they're not equal to what we see during regular television. That's expected to change as the online service begins adopting the same commercial loads as network television.

Head on over to the L.A. Times website for more info.
Extra Tidbit: Would you guys be willing to pay for a service such as this? If so, what would you want included in the package?

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9:01PM on 04/23/2010
Don't really care about Hulu since I pretty much download my weekly TV shows to watch over the weekend and without commercials, then I delete them and start over the next week.
Don't really care about Hulu since I pretty much download my weekly TV shows to watch over the weekend and without commercials, then I delete them and start over the next week.
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7:44PM on 04/22/2010
Why exactly are people complaining. It's still going to do the exact same thing it's doing now, simply with more content if you are willing to pay a little extra for it.

In my room, I don't have any cable hooked up and tv receptions is to crappy to deal with so my entire viewing experience is DVD, digital rentals, and streaming TV. So any new additions to streaming TV online is more than welcome as far as I'm concerned.
Why exactly are people complaining. It's still going to do the exact same thing it's doing now, simply with more content if you are willing to pay a little extra for it.

In my room, I don't have any cable hooked up and tv receptions is to crappy to deal with so my entire viewing experience is DVD, digital rentals, and streaming TV. So any new additions to streaming TV online is more than welcome as far as I'm concerned.
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2:26PM on 04/23/2010
God, Where do you live? I'd hate to come visit you...Take it you haven't watched the local news in years. How do you have all that technology in your "room", but not cable or sat...

You ask why people are complaining? Because we are now forced to pay for a previously free service.. What if all of a sudden, you had to start paying for tap water, not fresh, clean new bottled water, but tap water right out of the faucet, with no filter?
God, Where do you live? I'd hate to come visit you...Take it you haven't watched the local news in years. How do you have all that technology in your "room", but not cable or sat...

You ask why people are complaining? Because we are now forced to pay for a previously free service.. What if all of a sudden, you had to start paying for tap water, not fresh, clean new bottled water, but tap water right out of the faucet, with no filter?
6:00PM on 04/22/2010

Wack...

I remember back in the old days when people actually watched TV shows when they actually came on....Worst comes to worst, I'll go by a DVD recorder or VCR if I want to see shows that bad.

Why would on earth would anyone for free TV?

And, wasn't that the whole point of Hulu, to stick it to cable and watch regular tv on demand for free? Guess everyone sales out eventually.

And people wonder why pirating is so popular...
I remember back in the old days when people actually watched TV shows when they actually came on....Worst comes to worst, I'll go by a DVD recorder or VCR if I want to see shows that bad.

Why would on earth would anyone for free TV?

And, wasn't that the whole point of Hulu, to stick it to cable and watch regular tv on demand for free? Guess everyone sales out eventually.

And people wonder why pirating is so popular...
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5:34PM on 04/22/2010

Well....

Why waste your time with Hulu or NetFlix?

BitTorrents are the way to go
Why waste your time with Hulu or NetFlix?

BitTorrents are the way to go
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5:32PM on 04/22/2010

Well....

Why waste your time with Hulu or NetFlix?

BitTorrents are the way to go
Why waste your time with Hulu or NetFlix?

BitTorrents are the way to go
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5:25PM on 04/22/2010
What with the economy and demands for royalties and lack of real payback from ads, I'm not surprised. I'm disappointed, but not surprised.
What with the economy and demands for royalties and lack of real payback from ads, I'm not surprised. I'm disappointed, but not surprised.
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2:19PM on 04/22/2010
I occasionally use Hulu, but since I'm not a regular TV watcher, I started giving up on them when they stopped showing all but the latest season of shows. Only use it for SNL skits and occasional Daily Show updates.
I occasionally use Hulu, but since I'm not a regular TV watcher, I started giving up on them when they stopped showing all but the latest season of shows. Only use it for SNL skits and occasional Daily Show updates.
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4:55PM on 04/22/2010
what I meant was I'm already paying for internet service I'm not willing to start paying for hulu to --undestand?
what I meant was I'm already paying for internet service I'm not willing to start paying for hulu to --undestand?
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1:36PM on 04/22/2010
why would hulu do crap like that in these times? It's like a slap in the face for most people who are trying to just get by
why would hulu do crap like that in these times? It's like a slap in the face for most people who are trying to just get by
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2:14PM on 04/22/2010
While I'm not thrilled with this news myself, you are being way too dramatic, Marti. People who are "trying to just get by" don't need Hulu in their lives. If you are one of them, try a radical idea, just stop watching TV. It's hard at first, but pretty soon you realize you can lead a full life without worrying what happened this week on your show.
While I'm not thrilled with this news myself, you are being way too dramatic, Marti. People who are "trying to just get by" don't need Hulu in their lives. If you are one of them, try a radical idea, just stop watching TV. It's hard at first, but pretty soon you realize you can lead a full life without worrying what happened this week on your show.
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1:30PM on 04/22/2010
Streaming Netflix + HD TV = No need for a crappy Hulu feed with commercials.
Streaming Netflix + HD TV = No need for a crappy Hulu feed with commercials.
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1:13PM on 04/22/2010
I think people will pay for this service, providing Hulu provides more content. Especially with the rise of T.V. internet boxes like the Roku. Why pay for cable if you can just stream shows for a fraction of the cost? I don't have cable. I just pay $12 per month for Netflix, and using my PS3 I can watch Dexter, Lost, 30 Rock etc. right on my TV commercial-free. I think this is a wise decision on Hulu's part.
I think people will pay for this service, providing Hulu provides more content. Especially with the rise of T.V. internet boxes like the Roku. Why pay for cable if you can just stream shows for a fraction of the cost? I don't have cable. I just pay $12 per month for Netflix, and using my PS3 I can watch Dexter, Lost, 30 Rock etc. right on my TV commercial-free. I think this is a wise decision on Hulu's part.
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12:19PM on 04/22/2010
Godammit, is nothing sacred anymore???
Godammit, is nothing sacred anymore???
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12:03PM on 04/22/2010

Just like CABLE

I remember when cable had limited interuptions, WTH pay for something when you can't get it the way you want it.
I remember when cable had limited interuptions, WTH pay for something when you can't get it the way you want it.
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11:39AM on 04/22/2010
Yeah this is pretty lame. I have a Slingbox so there is no use in Hulu at all. And anyone that would really use Hulu that much that they would pay for it should just go out and buy a Slingbox anyways.
Yeah this is pretty lame. I have a Slingbox so there is no use in Hulu at all. And anyone that would really use Hulu that much that they would pay for it should just go out and buy a Slingbox anyways.
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11:36AM on 04/22/2010
Did somebody say BITTORRENT?
Did somebody say BITTORRENT?
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5:34PM on 04/22/2010
True that!!
True that!!
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9:48AM on 04/22/2010

ha

i would never pay for this service.
i would never pay for this service.
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9:18AM on 04/22/2010
Nothing to say really. Hulu is not even available in my country.
Nothing to say really. Hulu is not even available in my country.
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7:51AM on 04/22/2010

I have a DVR. Fuck hulu.

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7:23AM on 04/22/2010
Damn commercials
Damn commercials
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7:01AM on 04/22/2010

Well...

How about making the service available in Canada too... That would be a start.
How about making the service available in Canada too... That would be a start.
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7:01AM on 04/22/2010

Most Recent? Sweet

Honestly, I'd be ok with Hulu having full commercial breaks akin to regular to TV. I think they are going to find 10 bucks a month to be a bit steep, unless they plan on both expanding the shows they offer and improving the selection in the back catalog. As long as I can watch the new episodes of Glee and 30 rock, though, I am fine. I wish they could get CW to throw in with Hulu. CW's online streaming sucks balls.

NBC.com adapted the "5 most recent episodes" policy awhile back and it
Honestly, I'd be ok with Hulu having full commercial breaks akin to regular to TV. I think they are going to find 10 bucks a month to be a bit steep, unless they plan on both expanding the shows they offer and improving the selection in the back catalog. As long as I can watch the new episodes of Glee and 30 rock, though, I am fine. I wish they could get CW to throw in with Hulu. CW's online streaming sucks balls.

NBC.com adapted the "5 most recent episodes" policy awhile back and it hasn't hurt me a bit. Just means I have to stay more or less up to date on my Office watching.
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6:50AM on 04/22/2010
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6:22AM on 04/22/2010
TV shows are not free to make. The networks make money through commercials. If a show does not perform, advertisers will not want to run ads during that show, forcing the network to cancel the show, With Hulu, people can watch for free with limited commercials. Bandwidth costs money too. It is far from cheap to host a website, then you add media content like TV shows, costs are up even higher.

Nothing can ever truly stay free because people have to make money for their work, otherwise,
TV shows are not free to make. The networks make money through commercials. If a show does not perform, advertisers will not want to run ads during that show, forcing the network to cancel the show, With Hulu, people can watch for free with limited commercials. Bandwidth costs money too. It is far from cheap to host a website, then you add media content like TV shows, costs are up even higher.

Nothing can ever truly stay free because people have to make money for their work, otherwise, there is no reason to work.
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