At Hulu, ‘free’ may soon turn into ‘fee’ (via latimes.com) and why this might be good for me!
At Hulu, ‘free’ may soon turn into ‘fee’
The video website, launched by studios to distribute TV shows over the
Internet without charge, now is considering ways to draw revenue, including
charging for some episodes of popular shows.
Of course this sounds bad to everybody who is using Hulu for free now, but for us non-US-residents, this might mean, that we can join the fun as well when we are ready to pay for Hulu’s services, as their ads are not relevant for our market. I would certainly be in – being able to see my favorite series in English and only days after they are broadcast in the US – priceless!
Hey Sascha,Unfortunately, I do not think that the fee will bring Hulu in Europe. The problem is not financial, but as usual with broadcasters, with rights. See what is happening with Netflix: Even though you need to pay a subscription to watch the streams, it is not allowed outside of the US for exactly that reason. The majors are so litigious that noone wants to take the risk to be sued for allowing content to be watched outside of the US.This is a sad situation, and I am sure that it is only but a step in time before these things become truly global, but right now I don’t think we will see Hulu here (at least not legally).Cheers,Laurent
Nooooo! But what you say sounds very plausible. Well, we’ll have to wait and see.