[Rumor] Hulu May Require a Cable or Satellite Subscription Soon

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  1. pc747

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    It's weird when I google something and see an old topic come up only to now be able to go, wait we are now experiencing what this topic was talking about.
     
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    not sure what you mean but for the last few years, in order to watch some network shows on hulu, you needed a cable (or satellite) subscription - even if you paid for hulu.
     
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    Yeah and that's such BS. It's just their way of propping up a passé business model.

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    Popcorn time casts any movie or show to a smart device in your house free of charge and can be installed on any android, Apple or windows platform.
    I understand having free Netflix or Amazon prime. But Hulu? Why?
     
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    popcorn used to be a good service. the last time I watched something on it, it had so many commercials it was ridicules and I went to another site to watch the movie.
     
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    I have never seen a commercial there. We must be using different programs.
     
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    it was chromecast

     
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    Major pops. It was not popcorn. It was crackle. sorry bout that
     
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    I'm guessing this entire thing is quite a bit more complicated than the proverbial "evil cable companies".

    But CONTENT is king. Cable doesn't own most of the content it broadcasts, but pays the providers. ESPN I think was one of the bigger ones, and has frequently been a very contentious negotiation....believe they get somewhere between $2-$4 PER subscriber.

    So then what happens with cord cutters, where HULU comes into the negotiation, is less subscribers means less revenue from the cable company, but also less revenue FOR THE CONTENT PROVIDER!!! So, ok, I'm seeing people shift from cable (where I get $2 per subscriber) to HULU (where I get $0.25 per subscriber, or whatever).

    The only model being propped-up here is the Content providers. They're just looking at the bottom line, and to maximize profits they're looking at licensing deals (in whatever form) with cable AND a variety of digital delivery, such as HULU and on-demand services. This smells more like the end of an industry subsidy to an emerging technology than propping-up a dying technology.
     
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    one thing you are forgetting, the major cable companies are buying networks so they have both the content and access. take a look at what comcash owns

    List of assets owned by Comcast - Wikipedia

    as far as what you say about espn, you are a bit low on what they charge per subscriber. it is over 7 bucks and expected to go over 8 in 2018. the source is

    How Much Cable Subscribers Pay Per Channel
     
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    I was actually going to mention that. Much bigger deal then any of the NN boogeyman....less competition is rarely good for the consumer. And they COULD block these mergers if they wanted to...but for whatever reason, they aren't (goes for both the Trump DOJ/FTC as well as Obama's).

    And everyone is familiar with the bundled package. Hard, under any law, to determine what's unfair or anti-competitive when you have 10 different things going on with 1 price.
     
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    Because I don't steal?
    And who has free Netflix?


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