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According to co-owner News Corp, the popular Hulu internet TV service may start charging users subscription fees as early as next year. The site's content is mostly available for free on local broadcast television.  (Source: Hulu)
Just a few fateful words send our dreams of a free Hulu future plunging

Oh fate, why must you mock thee?  After many happy hours of watching, free Hulu may be set to kick the can.  According to a new report the popular internet TV service may begin charging for content as early as next year.

It seems like just a few months ago that happy days were upon us and Hulu was looking to spread its free loving to more and more places, including the iPhone and mobile sphere (wait, that was a few months ago).  Then came the fateful revelation from Chase Carey, President, Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Deputy Chairman of News Corporation (which co-owns Hulu), stating the days of freebies were drawing to an end.

States Mr. Carey, "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,” Carey said. “Hulu concurs with that, it needs to evolve to have a meaningful subscription model as part of its business."

When asked when the end of the world -- or at least free Hulu -- might occur, Mr. Carey replied that the Hulupocalypse was set to occur sometime next year, in 2010.  He offered us weak reassurance cheering "not all content on Hulu would be behind a pay wall".

The move brings into question Hulu's future.  Many users would stop using Hulu if it wasn't free.  It doesn't seem like many users would pay cable-like fees for content that is already available for free on broadcast television, or at minimal cost with basic cable.  And if those users forsake Hulu, they'll take a pile of advertising revenue with them.

There's still faint hope that the end of free Hulu might be averted.  Indeed, Comcast is looking to partner with Hulu, so that could alter the equation dramatically.  And faced with too much backlash News Corp. may change its mind.  And current co-owner NBC could even nix the idea.  The optimist inside many of us likely will hope for this very badly.  But the pessimist will think that, in the end it will probably happen, and lament why free Hulu had to die so young.  Why do the good always die young?

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RE: Internet Bubble 2.0
By Yawgm0th on 10/23/2009 1:57:39 PM , Rating: 5
The current Internet is junk. Ads aren't enough to produce quality content. There aren't any high-quality, ad-supported sites. Ad-supported sites are all cheap and trashy, including search engines.
You must be using a different Internet.

This shift is largely due to Apple's revolutionary App Store, which was the first device to distribute web content successfully on a closed-platform.
Yep, you're definitely on a different Internet. This is appallingly inaccurate.

RE: Internet Bubble 2.0
By Bateluer on 10/26/2009 3:24:19 PM , Rating: 2
Well said. Wish DT would allow ratings lower than -1. It'd be interesting to see how low reader1's posts would go. He's either a complete troll or living in his own little world inside Rupert Murdock's closet or Steve Jobs' urinal.

RE: Internet Bubble 2.0
By SavagePotato on 10/26/2009 10:23:32 PM , Rating: 3
He is pretty close to having an overall rating below zero as well. 0.17.

It takes special levels of stupidity to get a overall post rating that low. I suspect he is an alt account of pirks. Granted pirks is stupid enough by himself I think he needed a special account for when he was really really off his meds and needing a spanking from his mommy.

RE: Internet Bubble 2.0
By maverick85wd on 10/28/2009 5:21:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, you're definitely on a different Internet. This is appallingly inaccurate.

I LOL'd at your wording here. Thanks for the laugh!! (And being spot on, of course)

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