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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 Suntan on 10/22/2010 1:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
So you volunteer to pay $10 a month... ...to watch shows with the commercials... ...that are also broadcast in higher quality for free with commercials...

Given that hulu is getting major pushback from the few cable-based channels affiliated with them to not provide cable-channel content on hulu+, why bother paying money for access to broadcast only content?

I’d contemplate paying $5 a month (even with a *small* number of commercials) if I could get access to the cable based shows that I can’t get for free OTA, but I have no desire to pay just to get access to shows already free OTA.

-Suntan


RE: I heard...
By AmbroseAthan on 10/22/2010 2:34:10 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
So you volunteer to pay $10 a month... ...to watch shows with the commercials... ...that are also broadcast in higher quality for free with commercials...

Does OTA allow me to watch primetime shows whatever, whenever, wherever? HuluPlus does.

I live in an apartment with roommates, and unless we pay for multiple DVR boxes, there is no way to record everything we watch (U-Verse would help, but not available). Between Primetime TV & sports networks, there is limited ability to record/watch shows. Hulu fills that niche, and allows me to play the primetime networks when I want, and on the go (on iTouch, soon EVO).

As I stated above, HuluPlus is not targeted at people looking for commercial free experiences. It is targeted at people who want to be able to access it from elsewhere then their primary TV setup, or who are limited by their current DVR abilities.


RE: I heard...
By Suntan on 10/22/2010 3:02:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
As I stated above, HuluPlus is not targeted at people looking for commercial free experiences. It is targeted at people who want to be able to access it from elsewhere then their primary TV setup, or who are limited by their current DVR abilities.


There are other alternatives. Better DVR capabilities that will allow you to do all the things that you say are advantages with hulu+. All without the need to pay monthly.

In any case, if the "convenience" is worth it for you, or if you and your roommates just don’t know how to evaluate your other options. Knock yourself out.

-Suntan


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