I think you already know where I am going with this! Chase Carey from Hulu’s co-parent News Corp has publicly acknowledged the fact Hulu will start charging for content in 2010:
It’s time to start getting paid for broadcast content online. I think a free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content. I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value. Hulu concurs with that, it needs to evolve to have a meaningful subscription model as part of its business.
In other words you’ll have to pay for the content you want to watch. It looks like not all the content will require a cash deposit but nobody wants to watch free crappy shows anyway. So what are you going to do now that you know Hulu will gladly take your money for a new episode of your favorite show? The Pirate Bay isn’t that available any more, not that we’re suggesting what you think we’re suggesting!
We have no pricing details at this point and we don’t know when Hulu will start to ask for your credit card details. How much would you pay for Hulu services?