According to Gizmodo, who haven’t been able to confirm the news yet, Hulu will kick off its subscription service sometime next week. The outlet is reporting that the beta test is rumored to be on the way in the next coming days.

While I think it will definitely have its audience, particularly those looking to be able to watch entire seasons of television shows, or older shows depending on what is covered in the pay for service, I can’t help but think that this will be lost amongst most people.

Personally, I understand its appeal, but if a show compels me enough to actually watch it week after week, I won’t get far enough behind as to need to go back five or so episodes. It would be nice to be able to watch an entire season of a show, but depending on the fee, an entire season on DVD would be the price of a few months on the site, so I just really couldn’t justify it.

NewTeeVee has the following listed as probably points of information regarding the upcoming service change:

  • The service will cost $9.95 per month.
  • It will offer access to a larger back catalog of content.
  • It will run on additional devices currently not supported by Hulu, including Apple’s iPad and potentially Microsoft’s Xbox as well as Sony’s Playstation.
  • Hulu’s basic service will remain free for all of its users.

What do you think of the idea of Hulu going to subscriptions?

Check out the Criterion Collection Channel on Hulu, to watch several Zatoichi movies. At one point they had Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water available, but it is no longer on the site.

Source: Gizmodo / NewTeeVee

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