Over at All Things D, Peter Kafka is reporting that Internet TV megasite Hulu wants to try a $10/month “Hulu Plus” premium subscription option. He’s not so sure about the idea–it’ ll be hard to come up with an offering that sounds like it’s worth ten bucks in a world of plentiful free online video, doesn’t muck up the good thing which is Hulu’s free version, and makes enough money to make it all worthwhile.
I actively like the idea of Hulu–or someone–coming up with a for-pay Internet TV option that’s so compelling that I’d dump cable for it. Here’s what would get me excited:
- One fee for a service that’s available on PC, smartphone, TV (through something like a Roku box), and iPad
- Not just prime-time entertainment but news, too (sports would also be a plus)
- A treasure trove of episodes of old shows–including stuff they don’t play on cable and don’t put out on DVD
I’d pay $10 a month for that–heck, I’d pay a lot more than that if it were the TV service of my dreams.
How about you?