NBC and Fox want to kill Hulu!

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During a talk at an Internet Week event the other night, News Corp.’s chief digital officer, Jonathan Miller, suggested some of Hulu’s content might become available only to subscribers. Miller’s comments echoed NBC CEO Jeff Zucker’s words at the D7 conference last week where he said that a Hulu subscription was a possibility (New TeeVee).

Hulu is successful because it is like broadcast TV, free to anyone who picks up the signal... If Fox and NBC get their way, there are some people who will pay, but the majority will go back to P2P for their free TV.

How Paid Content on Hulu Might Work

The only way I could possibly see this working is if they left the standard definition content (up to the hi-res) free for anyone to watch and made the high definition (HD) a paid extra.  I think the hi res video is good enough to keep most people on the site, but the extra cost of sending HD video could be subsidized by those who really want it.

The only other way I could see this working is if they offered a commercial free Hulu as a paid service.  That is something even I might pay for.

If they make all of the content for pay, then Hulu will quickly go out of business.

The "Good" News

Hulu says they have no plans to switch from their free model to a paid one..  Cold comfort, but I'll take what I can get.

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New Filk About Community WiFi :: NNSeek

Oh a song I knew before the words were shared with me:

Title: Freedom Is A Pringles Can And A Laptop Hooked To A Bicycle by Harold Feld

Tune: The Ballad of Serenity (aka Firefly Theme) by Joss Whedon

Take my wire, take my LAN Take me where cell towers cannot stand Thanks to the I-triple-E You can't take the sky from me

Take DNS, corrupt my stack I don't care; I'm not coming back If I've got dot 11g You can't take the sky from me

If I have mesh and p2p You can't take the sky from me . . . . (pronounced "dot eleven g")

(via NNSeek)

NBC Direct File Sharing

nbc-logo NBC has partnered with P2P site Pando Networks to deliver their NBC Direct free, commercial supported DVD quality downloads. So NBC has gone the way of the BBC and AOL before them to use P2P technology to distribute their videos.

I have always thought that this is the future of these networks. They will have to embrace new media or become extinct. Fortunately for them/Unfortunately for us, all of the NBC shows that are worth downloading are not in production right now, and probably won't be until the fall season, so their is no real way to judge this service. I await the opportunity to check it out.

(via Crave)