Hulu, the second-largest online streaming site in the country after YouTube, has already announced that it is profitable. The highly popular site, which streams more than a billion videos every month, may soon be offering a subscription service.
The paid access option, known as Hulu Plus, could launch as early as this coming week, possibly in a limited test of 10,000 or fewer people. The paid service will cost a reported $9.95 per month and offer a larger catalog of movies and TV shows than Hulu currently offers for free (interspersed with short ads). Hulu Plus content may also be viewable on devices other than desktop and laptop computers, such as video game consoles and the iPad.
Do you think consumers will be willing to pony up for an expanded catalog of content that they have become accustomed to getting for free? Does ten bucks a month, about the cost of a lower-tier Netflix subscription, seem fair for access to a larger catalog on Hulu? Tell us what you think in the comments.