Hulu will begin charging users for content as soon as 2010, said News Corp. Deputy Chairman Chase Carey at an industry summit in NYC yesterday. “I think a free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content. I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value,” he said. Here’s an idea: Lose the NuvaRing ads! They are killing me once-a-month at a time. Anyway, Hulu would likely effect a subscription system for premium content and then some (wild guess: Benjamin Christie’s Travels) will still be free.
With so many ways to watch TV for free already, will Hulu lose some or most of its audience? Personally, I’d consider paying a fee for online TV as long as I didn’t have to watch ads and could view everything in HD. Any ads, forget it. There’s a fast-forward button on my DVR that works really well. What about you?