Over the last couple of days I've been seeing a couple of posts showing up suggesting that people get ready to open their wallets soon if they want to keep using Hulu. Now for the rest of the world this won't matter one bit because well besides the US and soon (as of September) the UK no-one else can use the service because it's geotarded.
That hasn't stop the newly installed head honcho of News Corp, one of the players involved with Hulu, Mr. Jonathan Miller from suggesting that he envisions a time where at least some of the TV shows and movies would only be available through subscription.
Miller, whose last job was running AOL (parent of Daily Finance), prefaced his remark by noting that he won't attend his first Hulu board meeting until Monday, so the scenario he foresees is merely his own speculation. But, he continued, "in my opinion the answer could be yes. I don't see why over time that shouldn't happen. I don't think it's on the agenda for Monday [but] it seems to me that over time that could be a logical thing."
Source: Daily Finance
Now the angst over his statement hasn't really started rolling through the tech blogosphere because everyone is still sucking up to the the Twitter teat and since what he had to say was more than a 140 characters I'm not surprised it's been missed. That will change the moment word hits that Hulu will be seriously going down that road – which it will.
The only thing I can say is – what do you expect. Just look at who's involved here – News Corp (Fox), NBC, ABC and Disney. The only network not involved is CBS and they seem to be the only ones by the way who seem to have a grip on how this new medium works and doing a good job at it.
Unfortunately though when Hulu starts dipping into your wallet most of the world won't even care but that is what happens when you lock us out. So enjoy your free Hulu while it last.