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Will you subscribe at half the price?  (Source: Hulu)
Rumor suggests that $9.99 price was more than most beta users were willing to pay

Networks and movie rental firms see the writing on the wall; many consumers are starting to demand streaming content rather than having to watch via conventional TV or cable service. Netflix has a very robust streaming service and the company now considers itself a streaming firm that also mails DVDs.

Hulu announced this summer that it would be bringing a subscription service to users that would allow them to access more shows and movies and watch that content on devices like web connected TVs, the iPad, and the iPhone. When Hulu first talked the service up the price for a membership was pegged at $9.99 per month. Hulu has been testing the service with some lucky users for a few months now. 

According to 
AllThingsD sources are now saying that Hulu is considering a significant reduction in the price of its streaming service. That price reduction rumor, if true, would seem to suggest that beta users are not as interested in the service at nearly $10 per month as Hulu expected. The sources cited by AllThingsD claim that Hulu is looking at a new price of $4.95 per month.

If that rumor turns out to be true, the price should make the service much more appealing to users considering that for about the same $10 the subscription Hulu service was going to cost, Netflix users can get streaming and DVDs in the mail.

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RE: I heard...
By tdawg on 10/22/2010 11:17:50 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly! I'll gladly pay a small monthly fee for Hulu+ if I don't have to watch commercials. If commercials are required, then I shouldn't have to pay to watch it--advertisers are doing that for me.

RE: I heard...
By quiksilvr on 10/22/2010 12:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and no. There has to be middle ground. I would at LEAST wish they would cut down on the commercial time. Like in one hour shows, just put a 15 second ad instead of a minute (sometimes two minutes).

RE: I heard...
By twhittet on 10/22/2010 12:12:43 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Why not keep the old 9.95$ model in, with no or at least reduced advertisements?

RE: I heard...
By FITCamaro on 10/24/2010 4:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
Ok but lookat quantity of ad differences. Free shows on the internet typically have one ad every 6-7 minutes. Four per 24-25 minute episode. At least in my experience.

On TV though in the same show you'll see 5-6 ads per commercial break. $10 a month isn't going to cover the differences in revenue.

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