Would you pay for Hulu?

According to Daily Finance, News Corp.'s new chief digital officer Jonathan Miller envisions a future in which at least some of the TV and movies at Hulu will be available only to subscribers. Say what?! He said this: "I don't see why over time that shouldn't happen." For PopWatch's official two-second reaction to this, press play below.

I like Hulu precisely because it's free, though I can see how some people might at some point agree to a minimal monthly or one-time subscription fee, provided it got rid of the annoying ads. (I do not want to attend the University of Phoenix and you can't make me!) But if Hulu really did start to charge, EW.com would presumably have to stop embedding Hulu's content in our blogs. Is that what you want, Hulu? Is it? Actually, it's probably what our international readers want. We know some of you can't view Hulu on PopWatch, so we try to embed from the networks or YouTube whenever we can. So if you're Canadian, just ignore that useless rectangle above. It's nothing.

Is Hulu's freeness its main appeal, P-Dubs? If you suddenly had to pay for it, would you be more likely to find/download what you want somewhere else?

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  • nikki

    as much as i like hulu i don’t need another expense right now so no i wouldn’t pay

  • Crystal

    It would have to be VERY cheap – like $25/year access to everything, but I’d probably end up doing it if I HAD to.

  • John

    Making me pay for Hulu would only really encourage me to go to those sketchy bootleg sites. Or just pay for the show on iTunes, then I own it and can do what I please.

  • John

    Making me pay for Hulu would only really encourage me to go to those sketchy bootleg sites. Or just pay for the show on iTunes, then I own it and can do what I please.

  • John

    Making me pay for Hulu would only really encourage me to go to those sketchy bootleg sites. Or just pay for the show on iTunes, then I own it and can do what I please.

  • Dominick

    Definitely would NOT pay. I use Hulu BECAUSE it’s free.

  • Annie

    My work has blocked YouTube, so I can only see Hulu’s embedding. Bring on the Hulu!!!

  • KR

    Everyone wants to copy the success of YouTube but somehow make more money off of it. What these corporate b-tards don’t realize is that its success is in its availability, i.e. its free, comprehensive, and easy to use. Making people pay for it will only ruin it.

  • BrandonK

    With Netflix and iTunes, I don’t think I would bother with Hulu if it cost money. I’d rather just deal with the ads.

  • John

    as much as i like hulu i wouldn’t pay
    It’s just not worth it.. Old Movies and not enough of them…To much Family Guy

  • Shamus, Oklahoma City

    Nope, I am sure they get enough money from avertisements. Greedy bastards is what they are if they decide to charge. They SUCK for even considering that.

  • John

    as much as i like hulu i wouldn’t pay
    It’s just not worth it.. Old Movies and not enough of them…To much Family Guy

  • Rob

    That’s a shame. I can’t imagine that Hulu would turn to a fully paid service by any means, but if they start charging for access to recent, primetime TV shows — I think that piracy would go up and the networks would end up losing money that they’re currently making. I’ve watched maybe 3 movies to almost 1,000 shows on Hulu, so maybe there’s a paying market for newly-released movies & a paid subscription. The pay-for-view for Netflix works for two reasons, in my opinion — they always were a paid service, and their database is better than Hulu’s. While I pay the $8.99/month for Netfix to use their streaming service, I can’t see myself paying for content on Hulu unless they start adding content along the lines of Netflix, while keeping to their day-after streaming of primetime shows.
    It’s a hard thing to offer something free and then all of a sudden start charging for it, especially when tv shows and videos are so easily attainable elsewhere.

  • paul

    This makes no sense unless it’s a TV replacement. You already pay for TV, they place everything on Monday night. If you want to catch all of them you have to have web TV.

  • Rob

    That’s a shame. I can’t imagine that Hulu would turn to a fully paid service by any means, but if they start charging for access to recent, primetime TV shows — I think that piracy would go up and the networks would end up losing money that they’re currently making. I’ve watched maybe 3 movies to almost 1,000 shows on Hulu, so maybe there’s a paying market for newly-released movies & a paid subscription. The pay-for-view for Netflix works for two reasons, in my opinion — they always were a paid service, and their database is better than Hulu’s. While I pay the $8.99/month for Netfix to use their streaming service, I can’t see myself paying for content on Hulu unless they start adding content along the lines of Netflix, while keeping to their day-after streaming of primetime shows.
    It’s a hard thing to offer something free and then all of a sudden start charging for it, especially when tv shows and videos are so easily attainable elsewhere.

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