Here Comes Hulu... if your wallet is open

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Chupa Chupa, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Reuters is reporting that an iPad compatible version of Hulu is coming, but only if you subscribe. How much? No one knows. Seems Failish to me. How much money to these companies thing we have to blow on monthly subs? It should be free if you subscribe to cable/sat. After all we are already indirectly paying for access to the networks. Why should we pay twice?

    Article on Engadget
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Because in theory you pay an additional fee to watch a version with fewer ads on your iPad.
  3. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    Either my reading comprehension sucks or yours does. To me the following quote means only the OLDER episodes will cost a subscription but you will still be able to watch the newer content for free.

  4. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    I wouldn't mind paying a small fee if it's worth it, I'm thinking 2.99-4.99 ish
  5. XciteMe macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    I'm with the guy above... If we could have access to ALL the Hulu content desktop users have, I would actually pay up to $10 a month, but nothing more.
  6. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Hulu's a great service - I think there are better targets for this sort of axe grinding, like the overpriced newspaper subs..
  7. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Looking forward to it if the price is reasonable. This is yet another application to test the viability of the new AT&T data plans. . .
  8. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Look - I don't like paying additional fees the same as anyone else. But the reality is - these companies need to make money. And if you're going to get the convenience of watching where and when you want - then consider the payment a convenience fee.

    Or go online with your computer and be slightly more inconvenienced for free.

    But people who complain about app prices, etc like this are showing a level of entitlement beyond what is logical in the business world.

    No one cares if we already spent $xx on a device. That doesn't entitle anyone to freebies now or for the life of the device.
  9. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    It will for sure for me depend on what the whole package is - multiple devices or per device - and how much it is.

    Time will tell.
  10. KevKaos macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    Baltimore, Maryland USA
    I wish I could find the link, but I read something last week that indicated a $10 a month pricepoint. Of course that could be dead wrong, but it is an indicator of some point.
  11. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    If Hulu videos will still include commercials, then I wouldn't pay more than $2-3 a month for it.
  12. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    That 2GB bandwidth cap is likely going to be an issue for anyone wanting to watch quite a bit of video while traveling and without access to WiFi. at&t is looking at some additional incremental revenue stream, and some irate customers.
  13. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    I would pay because I would "need" to use it at some inconvenient moment and I seem to just be completely whoring myself out to services in general.

    • $22.90 in TiVo service fees (2 TiVos)
    • $60.00 in iPhone data fees (2 iPhones)
    • $30.00 in iPad data fees
    • $14.99 in Netflix fees (2 CD package)
    • $50.00 in Comcast Cable Internet fees
    • $70.00 in Comcast Cable TV fees (Digital Plus package)
    • $17.99 in Vonage VOIP fees (basic 100 minutes out package)
    • $10.00 gym membership for which I never go
    • $44.99 home monitoring charge

    That's over $320 a month doesn't include my the random iTunes downloads of music, movies, or apps. I'm indoctrinated. Might as well add another $5.00 a month to me for Hulu. Hahaha.
  14. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    The rumor a few months ago was that Hulu was going to offer a premium service for $9.99. It was said to still have commercials, but contain a with a full back catalog in addition to just the most recent 5 that are offered today. The premium service would also be required for specialty device access (like the iPad or XBox). But it's just a rumor at this point...
  15. Chupa Chupa thread starter macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I'm fine w/ the ads as they are on Hulu. Keep it like it is. But I'm wondering if the ads will go away.

    It's your reading comprehension b/c I didn't mention a thing about what content was going under a pay wall. You just inferred it.

    I'd rather pay $10-15 for original content in a newspaper or magazine than $10 for reruns I'm already paying ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX for with my DirectTV bill.
  16. capn7 macrumors member

    May 12, 2010
    Because they know people in general will buy it.
  17. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    This doesn't seem like an inference to me. You pretty much say it's coming "but ONLY if you subscribe"....

  18. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    IMO Hulu can add double the amount of ads and I'll be fine. Currently I'm unemployed so I wouldn't prefer to pay even $5/month. Yet again, they mentioned new episodes will be free and I'm mostly watching those only unless trying a new show (since when did hulu really have that many episodes anyways? The only show I know is "Life" which has 2 full seasons on Hulu).
  19. otis123 macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2006
    I would rather just watch the ads, I'm not subscribing to hulu just for TV shows. The subscription should be free with our cable bill.
  20. Lara F macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    Tell me where I can watch the pilot of Modern Family (for example) free with my cable subscription? Or episode 16 of Glee (fell completely behind due to the LOST conflict and then working every Tuesday night since)? That's what this is for. Having only the last five episodes does nothing for me when I want to watch shows in sequential order.
  21. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    I would love to see if this drive people to or away from internet download sites.
  22. divabimbers macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2007
    I might consider this if there is CC support but if not, useless for me otherwise as I'd miss out on the dialog in shows/movies.
  23. Chupa Chupa thread starter macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Actually that is coming in the near future.
  24. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    Hulu is awesome but they just upgraded their ads to show more in short periods of time and each ad now is 30-60 seconds sometimes longer.. So basically they are getting very close to t.v. Breaks.
  25. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    Umm, with all due respect why would you get Hulu free if you're subscribed to cable/sat? It's not the same company, it's not an affiliate, it's a seperate entity entirely so would see no money whatsoever from your subscirption. What you're talking about is an on-demand service that would be supplied by your cable provider rather than Hulu.

    As for Hulu charging, this was always going to happen and it seems that they're going about it in a sensible way with only charging for older shows. That archive has a substantial value for some people and if you can subscribe on a monthly basis (i.e. start and stop as you like) it becomes a VERY nice alternative / addition to a normal subscription.

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