Hulu to Launch Subscription Service

| News

The online streaming video service Hulu plans to start charging a monthly fee to watch some of the TV shows it hosts. The US$9.95 monthly subscription fee is set to enter a test phase as early as May 24, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Hulu plans to show the five most recent episodes of popular TV shows for free, and additional show episodes will be available only to subscribers. Shows like Glee, Lost and Saturday Night Live are expected to be included in the subscription service.

Despite the fact that Hulu plans to start charging for at least some of its content, commercials will still be included in shows. The company is expected to eventually ramp up the number of commercials it shows to match broadcast television, too.

Assuming viewers sign up for the company’s subscription service, that could translate into even more money for studios. Hulu has already generated over $100 million in advertising revenue, and the studios would like to see even more.

Comments

rickroberts

So pay for a subscription and watch commercials? Hell, no! I will continue my blissful no-TV life.

geoduck

The company is expected to eventually ramp up the number of commercials it shows to match broadcast television, too.

I think I’ll join you rickroberts.

warlock

It’s bad enough that we pay for cable and have to watch 1/3 of a half hour program as commercials, now HULU wants to do the same thing.  They must think that we are all stupid.  It is bad enough on HULU when you are watching a movie to have to 4 to 6 commercials that you cannot skip over forced on you.  I think I will just rent or buy movies and cut the cable.

slogo

In what world do they think people would pay for this.  Consumers like Hulu because it’s free, and has limited adds.  If I want to pay to sit through a bunch of commercials, I’ll just watch TV.  Ridiculous.

FixedOn66

This is great news for us Netflix shareholders if they are thinking of charging for older TV shows WITH commercials.

Also Apple can provide an episode of a series you missed for .99-1.99 ea. I never miss more than 1 or 2 per month.

And then of course adding expense or inconvenience to TV viewing always increases the temptation to find full length episodes through unofficial channels. ‘Nough said.

BurmaYank

I don’t understand why Disney didn’t veto such a suicidally stupid Hulu policy, but maybe Disney’s veto is actually what the free streaming ABC video App for the iPad really is.

dhp

“I think I will just rent or buy movies and cut the cable.”

These days, many of the movies you buy or rent have un-skippable commercials and trailers. They don’t interrupt the feature, but still - pretty annoying.

Timothy Cole

I KNEW this would happen, it always does - “lets offer the viewer free service, until we get a large amount of viewers, then lets charge them”

okay, so you’re greedy and gonna want to make more than $100 million revenue.. how about the ACTORS that work in those commercials.. how about their residuals??

online Media is bigger than SAG (the union we join) makes out to be. They’re supposed to be our UNION we pay them to look out for us, and in the end, we have LACK OF LEADERSHIP.

Residuals pay our bills, they get us the health insurance we need.

Hulu, you’re greedy - it starts with this my friends and eventually, it ends up all being online.

You’ll soon see cable providers going via internet - and charging more - while the workers and actors receive less and less pay.

horrible.
it’s your typical situation and guess what -

I’LL NEVER PAY FOR HULU - YOU WONT SEE A DIME

Log-in to comment