What is probably the result of shareholder scrutiny, Hulu, the company that streams shows from Fox, NBC and more, will soon charge a monthly subscription fee of $9.95, at least according to the LA Times. Fortunately, the good news is that the subscription plan, called Hulu Plus, won’t negate their current user base. Instead, shows, such as Glee, Family Guy and others will be available for free, but streaming will be limited to the 5 most recent episodes (that seems like alot, so my guess is 3). If viewers want to see older episodes they’ll need to fork over the required monthly rate.
As of now Hulu turned a profit in the last two quarters and has generated more than $100 million in revenue from advertising since its inception 2 years ago.
So will you pay the tariff? I probably won’t but I’m a very, very casual TV watcher. If I miss it on TV I’ll wait for it to come out on Netflix, which as of now charges less for unlimited streaming of over 15,000 TV shows and Movies.