“Hulu, the popular online site for watching television shows, plans to begin testing a subscription service as soon as May 24, according to people with knowledge of the plans,” Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James report for The Los Angeles 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,'” Chmielewski and James report. “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.”
Chmielewski and James report, “Hulu is under pressure from its owners to collect a subscription fee to both bolster revenue and train viewers to pay for online access to professionally produced content… Shows on Hulu also carry commercials, however there are fewer spots there than on regular television. Ultimately, Hulu is expected to adopt the same commercial loads as network television.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: How about some sort of “Super Hulu” plan that lets subscribers forgo the commercials altogether? Or would the price be too much? That’s one (more) thing we love about Apple TV: When you buy a TV show, it’s commercial free.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Phil O.” for the heads up.]