Hulu to start charging for vids

Discussion in 'Movies and Television' started by Paladin, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Paladin

    Paladin Have Zord, Will Travel

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    They are trying to charge for everything now. If they had their way every time you watched an episode on TV they'd charge a fee. Hear music on the radio that's 99 cents.
     
  3. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    me either but i can see it coming back to haunt them
     
  4. Sage o' G-fruit

    Sage o' G-fruit Critics gonna critique

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    Hey everybody, it's Youtube!

    Where you can watch things for free!
     
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    That sucks, Youtube beckons.
     
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    I watch a few things on Hulu, because I don't have cable, but there's nothing on there that's good enough I'd be willing to pay to watch it. If they started charging a fee, I'd just watch stuff on torrents, youtube or whatever the next free service is that comes along.
     
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    Here lies Hulu:
    2007-2010
     
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    Goddammit.
     
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    Haloid1177 Hey, That's Pretty Good TFW2005 Supporter

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    It really was just a matter of time.
     
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    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    Eh, read the story. A guy that has been to one board meeting supposes that Hulu won't start charging until at least 2010... 3 months from now. That's like saying that it might rain sometime after tomorrow.
     
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    Riltht Full-Time Doomsayer

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    It might rain sometime after tomorrow? :cry 


    Oh well, never really used it anyway, back to torrents I guess...
     
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    I don't have cable/dish either, but I do like Hulu, if only for the chance to watch obscure shows and movies. When I'm in the mood and have the time, I like to go to Hulu Recommends and pick something from that to watch. Since it works on feedback from other shows, it gets better the more I use it. I recently went through Manhattan, AZ, not a bad show, but I certainly wouldn't pay for it.

    Bottom line paying for content is going to be a tough proposition now. There are so many services that provide for free that any single provider changing to a fee based system is just going to result in them getting killed. I like watching shows via official sources, be it their own network website or via an official outlet like Hulu, but when that's no longer or not an option, I have other sources. There's the rampant piracy community, which I admit to being a part of, I can watch nearly any movie or TV show for free via "alternative sources". The fewer legit sources there are, the more I rely on the pirate ones.

    While whomever comes up with a viable commercial source for shows without charging a fee will dominate the market for the foreseeable future, any who try to make something that was free fee based will suffer big time. That's one of the things about Hulu; for a while it seemed like their commercials were based on preferences/location, but now they just seem blanket. I'd much rather watch two relevant to me commercials (Say for a Wii game and a local business) then a single ad for something that's not even relevant to my gender, like womens tampons or whatever.




    Yeah, I'm not putting much stock in the story either. I'd be willing to bet that charging was just one of many options discussed at the meeting as well.
     
  14. Tekkaman Blade

    Tekkaman Blade Professor of Animation

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    I remember when some idiot in congress wanted to charge for e-mails and the money would go to the post office. Or when you could only rent your music on the Zune. This is in the same vein.
     

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