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[nypost] Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions

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"Hulu, which attracted 31 million unique users in March under a free-for-all model, is taking its first steps to change to a model where viewers will have to prove they are a pay-TV customer to watch their favorite shows, sources tell The Post.

In fact, the move by Hulu toward the new model — called authentication because viewers would have to log in with their cable or satellite TV account number — was behind the move last week by Providence Equity Partners to cash out of Hulu after five years, these sources said."

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If Hulu does this, this is just going to drive more people to "pirating."
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How would this even benefit hulu?
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Why the hell would they do this? Looks like I will be canceling my Hulu account if this is true.
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Haven't had any paid TV services in 11 years and sure as hell not going to start for the sake of Hulu.
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Lol, there goes half of their subscriptions.
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It's like they don't understand how much they're ruining the experience.
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Disappointing. Hopefully this takes a while to implement...
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I remember reading about Hulu in Popular Mechanics a few years ago, and then having to wait almost two months for my beta invite. I cancelled my paid subscription about two months ago and I'm so glad I did. That site did nothing but get worse.
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I'm thinking Hulu is on its way out. There's just no reason to stay with them after this.
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That sucks. The whole idea behind people supporting online streaming services was because it freed us from the grip of the greedy cable TV providers. Nice slap in the face.

What about Hulu+ subscribers? We have H+ but no real cable package--what about that?

What about basic/local cable packages? What about the fact that I *could* watch 90% of the things I catch on H just by getting OTA TV?

This is a terrible idea, and I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to abandon Hulu if/when they implement this. Their offering isn't so great that I'd honestly be missing anything that couldn't be substituted with something else.

Well, regardless, they said that this could take years to implement. That's a decent amount of time for another content provider to step up.

edit--Would be nice for a parallel "revolution" in content-supported broadcasting came to life, similar to how musical and comedy artists are creating and hosting their own content, apart from record labels. I'd sooner pay $ direct to an entertainment production as opposed to some ubiquitous cable company.
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