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Hulu planning $10 subscription for back catalog access?

updated 09:30 am EDT, Thu April 22, 2010

Hulu Plus may use library as incentive for subs

Hulu is about to test a paid subscription service that would count on accessing its back library to drive business, a rumor late Wednesday said. The Hulu Plus plan would give the five most recent episodes of any TV show for free but would charge $10 per month for access to older episodes. When it would start wasn't said by the LA Times sources, but a trial service would start May 24th.

It's also not yet evident as to whether or not Hulu Plus would also allow for the rumored mobile plan for the iPad, tablets and smartphones.

Hulu is already profitable and doesn't need the subscription in the short term, but such a plan may be essential to keeping major TV networks interested in online video and potentially transitioning to it outright in the future. More frequent advertising and the sheer scale of traditional TV have accustomed Hulu's partners, including ABC/Disney, Fox and NBC, to significantly more revenue than what Hulu has managed so far.

by MacNN Staff



  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Um, how do they even expect this to work...

    With summertime closing in, all of the network TV shows will be in re-runs. So, catch them then and not pay $10.

    Hulu subscription = FAIL!

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Going from zero to $10...

    is quite a jump.

    If it was a one time yearly fee that would be another thing, But I think a lot will balk at that price. I know I will.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe but

    I'd want no advertising, an iPad app and let me watch it on TV!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Um

    With summertime closing in, all of the network TV shows will be in re-runs. So, catch them then and not pay $10.

    Well, you should have caught them the first time and not worried about it at all...

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Much depends on what we're not being told yet. What will my $10 get me? If I can get the complete back-catalog of the major TV networks, commercial free and on demand I would give it serious consideration.

    And testudo, I respectfully point out that new shows run during the summer - not that hulu will necessarily pick them all up. Eureka, for example, starts its season in late July.

    And even if it doesn't, if a subscription buys me the ability to watch all of the original Six Million Dollar Man, it might be worth it all the same.


  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i'll pay it, perhaps

    i'd gladly pay $10 for access to all the eps of the shows on said networks. and another $10 to get rid of all the in video ads. you can keep one at the top, but that's it. once the show starts no ads.

    AND I'd pay an extra 50 cents a channel to add cable stations (which are rumored to not be part of this service at this time), again all eps no internal ads.

    and I'd pay $10 a year for no ads access to all the no longer airing shows. And another $10 a year for no ads access to the movies.

    cause given my viewing habits I"d still save about $20 a month over cable and see the shows on the same viewing schedule I have now (I work evenings)

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