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Rest easy Hulu fans -- the coming subscription will reportedly only add additional services (like an iPad app), not take current ones away  (Source: Magic Tablet)
Premium service will be iPhone/iPad ready

LA Times report set internet surfers on red alert that their favorite TV episode source Hulu might soon be switching to a subscription service, billing its customers $9.99 a month.  That fee seemed pretty steep, when compared to cable offerings and brought the status of the service into question.

Fortunately, the date in question ("as soon as May 24") is fast approaching and there seems to be no sign of a subscription service.  According to 
All Things Digital's Peter Kafka, the parties involved (News Corp.’s Fox, Disney’s ABC, and GE’s NBC) may still be working to reach an agreement on the nature of the subscription service and are unready to deploy the service.

Kafka, though, says that the studios appear to agree that free content would continue to be offered in its current form, the subscription would only provide access to 
more episodes.  That's great news for worried Hulu fans everywhere, as it's always good when companies look to add more services a fee, not take existing services away.

The premium service would likely come with access to Hulu on the iPad or iPhone, via free apps.  Hulu has been cooking up these apps for some time now, but they have seen multiple delays.  It is unclear whether these delays stemmed from internal issues or navigating the tricky waters of Apple's App Store policies.

The Hulu subscription service will likely land in June or July at the soonest.  The latest info casts the move in a whole new light, changing it from a risky maneuver, to another smart move for a terrific website that recently became profitable.

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Dispelling speculation with more speculation.
By invidious on 5/18/2010 4:02:35 PM , Rating: 5
And here was I was reading the title thinking we might actually be dealing with facts this time. Thanks Mick.

By rs1 on 5/18/2010 9:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, I was quite appalled by the following statement:

[...] and there seems to be no sign of a subscription service

Of course there isn't. In case anyone is unfamiliar with how companies generally deploy updates to live websites, the way it typically works is that the current/old version continues to run on the live server. At the same time, the new candidate release is deployed to an internal staging server, and thoroughly tested. If the testing finds no significant issues, then the deployment is given a green-light, and at some scheduled point in time the staged version is pushed to the live server (or sometimes they just switch places, with the stage server becoming the new live server, and the live server becoming the stage server for the next release).

As such, there will be no "signs" of a subscription service being worked on until the completed subscription service is deployed. If done correctly, its appearance will be seamless and near-instantaneous, with no prior evidence that it is under development. I mean, it's not like the standard practice is for developers to directly edit the live, running website as they implement new features.

RE: Dispelling speculation with more speculation.
By vcolon on 5/19/2010 7:56:46 AM , Rating: 2
Hulu plus 10 dollar subscription = epic fail

RE: Dispelling speculation with more speculation.
By beerhound on 5/19/2010 10:04:23 AM , Rating: 2
Not taking a shot here, I have a serious question. Why do you think that? Is Hulu a failure in it's current form? You are still going to have free access to the same content you have now. The paid subscription will just have access to more episodes. Basically, you get the same free Hulu with the same access to the most recent episodes but not the older ones. Or you pay the subscription and get an expanded library of the older shows too. If they stick to that model, I don't see the fail at all. Now if that works out and they start screwing with the free model, then I would ditch Hulu in a nanosecond.

By jrb531 on 5/19/2010 12:42:09 PM , Rating: 3
You "really" think that Hulu will continue to offer the same services for free?

What they will do is to start offering the first few episodes of a season for free and then the rest of the season will be subscription only.

Pure and utter "bait and switch"

By Jalek on 5/19/2010 12:55:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know many people that frequent it now, add in 30 second previews and nag screens to pay and it's not likely to garner more people.

I prefer my television for tv shows, and full 1080 resolution for movies. Perhaps if it means no commercials, but that was cable's initial pitch for paid viewing as well, and you see how many cable channels don't run commercials now.

By carigis on 5/18/2010 4:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
seems to me.. why not wait till its rolled out to add any additions so they are not part of whats available for free.

Outside US
By jvillaro on 5/18/2010 7:52:00 PM , Rating: 2
I don't care if I had to pay... Give people outside the US access to use hulu!

Mobile Apps
By Trekie on 5/18/10, Rating: 0
By xinxiong on 5/18/10, Rating: -1
RE: bikini
By HoundRogerson on 5/19/10, Rating: -1
Too Late.
By Smilin on 5/18/10, Rating: -1
RE: Too Late.
By IceBreakerG on 5/18/2010 4:17:48 PM , Rating: 3
Kafka, though, says that the studios appear to agree that free content would continue to be offered in its current form, the subscription would only provide access to more episodes .

Why wait a few years when it's "still" free now (and will continue to be in it's current form).

RE: Too Late.
By Smilin on 5/19/2010 11:04:07 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not going to play the lock-in game.

Free forever = interested.
Free for a while then slowly taking away features, or adding cost = no thanks.

I'll just click a few buttons on the TiVo instead. Done.

RE: Too Late.
By highlander2107 on 5/18/2010 4:26:05 PM , Rating: 3
Yea, I hate it when companies try to pay for themselves.


RE: Too Late.
By jhb116 on 5/18/2010 6:30:52 PM , Rating: 3
However, what if you paid 10 per month - no commercials but you might have to wait a day to get the episode or just some episodes. This could be a game changer. Given that internet costs 50-70 per month for high speed cable/FIOS and then double that for the TV part - 10 per month sounds pretty gosh darn good.

Now if this is 10 per month, still watch commercials then they can keep the premium service. I'll stick with my FIOS and DVR.

RE: Too Late.
By Reclaimer77 on 5/18/2010 7:24:03 PM , Rating: 3
Exactly!! It wasn't that I don't expect Hulu to ever make money. But they want me to pay MORE than Netflix and still have commercials? Oh-hell-no.

RE: Too Late.
By Smilin on 5/19/2010 11:01:25 AM , Rating: 3
What are you dim? I'm already paying them by watching some sh1tty ads I don't want to see.

If they want anything else from me then they better come up with something more compelling. I can get the same content free from several other places.

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