What?? Is Hulu insane? (Short answer: yes).
I’ll be quick with this but I think this is absurd. What Hulu has works and it’s genius. If they start charging to watch TV then you can bet I’m gone.
Here’s a bit of a description of what’s happening, courtesy of news-brief.com:
At an industry summit in NYC on Oct. 21, News Corp Deputy Chairman Chase Carey revealed that online video hub Hulu will begin charging users for content as soon as 2010, according to Broadcasting and Cable. Carey told reporters that a subscription system is likely, although some content will probably continue to be offered free of charge. “I think a free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content. I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value,” he said.
Carey thinks it’s difficult to capture the value of their content now; wait till he pulls the plug on FREE TV. Guaranteed I won’t visit Hulu again if that happens.