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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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Too Late.
By Smilin on 5/18/2010 4:05:52 PM , Rating: -1
Too Late Hulu. I already abandonded ship.

I thought you were going to be new and different but then when I heard it was just a trick to sucker me into services then later charge...I quit.

In my mind at least the brand image is already damaged. It will take years of "Hulu is free" before I begin to trust it again. See you in a few years.

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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