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Hulu’s premium service, which launched back in June, may not be living up to the company’s expectations and may be in line for a price cut, according to Media Memo. The service offers full seasons of many popular past and current TV shows, but retains the ads that its free cousin also runs.

Hulu Plus, which currently costs subscribers $9.99 per month would cost $4.95 after the price cut, according to the report. Hulu has apparently declined to comment one way or the other.

Ten bucks a month didn’t seem worth it to me when Hulu Plus launched this summer, especially since it was still full of ads.
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Five bucks a month, however, undercuts fellow streamer Netflix and could open up Hulu Plus to a much larger subscriber base. If the company’s planned IPO goes well and Hulu is able to give a boost to its amount of content, they could definitely see a big jump in subscriptions.
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Your turn, Insiders. Would a $5 per month Hulu Plus subscription be something you could get on board with?

(via Media Memo)

21 Responses to “Report: Hulu Considering Halving Cost of Hulu Plus”

  1. Member [Join Now]

    I think so, if my internet connection was better or if I had a device where I could stream Hulu to my TV

  2. Member [Join Now]

    I think since Hulu Plus is being featured on the Roku device; a few of Netflix customers may supplement. I use to have the 4-DVDs a month plan but with all the crappy films being made and released; I have went to the 1 DVD a month plan. Paying the 9 bucks to still get DVDs twice a week plus unlimited streaming, I could add on this $5 plan and save. I would not mind the commercials because it gives me the freedom to watch new shows(and old ones) like I would if I had cable but for a fraction of the price.

    • Member [Join Now]

      i agree i was on the 3 out plan and i lowered mine to 1 out plan for 9 bucks. i made my mind up on because of the 28 day delay and like you said the movies they make these days are not that great.

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    Red Rover [visitor]

    Pay for an internet subscription? C’mon…not happening.

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    bpeters [visitor]

    I would consider it.

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    Judy P [visitor]

    Seriously – There is no way I would pay a penny to watch something that was originally Free and not even own it.

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      Grinner [visitor]

      do you have a cable/satelite tv bill?

    • Member [Join Now]

      Well this is a catch 22 because you either have to have a digital TV or converter box to watch “free” TV or you are paying for it with cable. The convenience of cable is that a lot of the shows play at different times a day; so if you like shows that come on at the same time, you can see them. If you have cable you are paying for “free” programing. It is the same thing like bottled water; there used to be drinking fountains everywhere. Internet TV is convenient but at the same time, not. For people who sit at their monitors all day or do not have comfortable enough chairs to watch; it is a lose lose. I could not see paying $5 to stream on a computer, that is Apple logic(Apple releases the same crap everyone else does but charges more) but if you have a device; the price seems okay.

      That is the difference from premium and regular service; the more you pay, the less you deal with. HBO, Showtime, etc barely show commercials because they are premium channels; think about how much they cost. While Bravo and others do show commercials. Personally I cannot understand someone complaining about “free” TV but still subscribing to basic cable. One might be paying $40, still dealing with commercials and having access to the same or lesser amount of shows featured on Internet TV; it is in the same realm. Would I rather pay $5 to stream to my device(s) or $40?????

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    Grinner [visitor]

    I recently cancelled my cable and subscribed to Huluplus for the $10/month becasue it streams directly to my new Samsung TV. $5/month would be even better but it still has its limitations such as any show on cbs does not work because Hulu(plus) tries to move you over to the CBS site, same for cartoon network. but it meets the rest of what I need it to do.

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    That Guy [visitor]

    With my Xbox 360 getting a Hulu Plus app later – Heck yes. I’ll pay the $5. Only thing Dad will need on Satellite is his sports in spanish (Fox Deportes, GOL TV, ESPN Deportes, various other mostly soccer “sports” channels in spanish.) Too bad my family is a spanish speaking family, since Hulu doesn’t cater to them (in my uninformed opinion.)

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    Ablang [visitor]

    I would not pay $5 a month for streaming when I can download the episodes myself for free.

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    Alan Smithee [8traxrule]

    My rule is simple: I’ll watch your commercials, OR I’ll pay to get your programming- NOT BOTH. I’ve never understood why people have tolerated this with cable.

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    LKK [visitor]

    I totally agree wtih Alan – I’ll watch your commercials or pay for programming – except cable seems to be feeding out of both dishes. I hate it — I have the classic lowet “triple play” no premium stations – I would pay $5 for HULU without ads only.

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    lucy [visitor]

    the main reason i never subscribed to Hulu Plus was the price. I need to cut costs on unnecessary services but for $5 a month, I’d at least give it a try.

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    tracy [visitor]

    I would definitely consider Hulu plus for $5 a month. It beats cable or satellite prices. It’d be great if Hulu would create a Wii app.

  13. Member [Join Now]

    Sorry if this is a double post, the site seems to be losing my replies.

    Many of the programs they have are free on the shows websites. Hulu will have to think this one through a bit more.

    I say
    – no ads during the show. Put them on the homepage, even on the title selection screens. At most one before and after the show
    – must be in HD quality. We get that free on the air and close to it on most show sites.
    – keep it cheap. We are paying for a convenience only, remember the content isn’t special in most cases.
    – diversify from Netflix. You can’t beat them so go in a different direction. Keep the costs down by having a smaller more relevant catalog.

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      Alan Smithee [8traxrule]

      I’ve still never seen true 30 frames-per-second video over the internet (I have a laptop computer hooked to my TV, and my TV has video streaming apps built into it as well.) The frame rate of anything shot on video (as opposed to film) is always slower, giving it a more film-like frame rate.

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        MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

        Lets hope you never see “true” 30 frames-per-second video since that stopped existing after video went from black & white to color a long time ago.
        But yeah, I definately agree that hulu needs to upgrade their streaming sizes. Even You Tube streams “1080p” now, yous can do it hulu! (I put 1080p in quotes just cuz it’s more like pseudo 1080p but whatever)
        hulu should leave the setttings they have now for people with slower internet connections, but make some higher-quality streams available and that would be awesome.