Spotted: For those who want to watch all their favorite TV shows online for free, here are a few headlines that could affect that dream:
► Hulu.com will probably begin charging consumers for premium content but when? The Wall Street Journal reports nothing has been decided. Read: “Disney: “No Decisions Have Been Made” on Hulu Premium.”
► An analyst with Forrester Research believes Hulu will offer two prices: $4.99 for an ad-free Hulu or $14.99 a month for the full season and TV archive, reports USA Today. Currently, Hulu offers only the most recent five episodes of TV shows. Read: Free video site Hulu explores premium pricing.
► Another reason why Hulu may soon not be as free as it is today? NBC owns 32 percent of the free TV site, and NBC will soon be acquired by Comcast Corp. Comcast, in turn, is working with Time Warner Cable on a “TV Everywhere” effort to offer certain TV shows only to existing cable customers. Read: “NBC Officially Owns 32 Percent of Hulu (Until Comcast Acquires It).”
► At least the free TV shows on NBC.com will continue to be available to all consumers — not just paying cable customers, reports Broadcasting & Cable. This detail was noted during the U.S. House committee hearing on Comcast’s pending acquisition of NBC. Comcast promised that NBC.com’s content, which offers full episodes of its top shows, will still be available to all consumers.
► One man tells his story of giving up cable TV for two years in favor of Hulu and other free online TV only to return to cable this month. The main reason? His girlfriend needed access to fashion TV. Read: “Why I Caved, Bought Cable TV, And Gave Up On My ‘Hulu Household.’”
► Slate’s The Big Money has a guy who writes about Hulu and related trends at the Hulucination blog.
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