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Hulu To Block Cable Cutters

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http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/30/2989790/hulu-paid-tv-subscription-requirement-ny-post-rumor

Hulu's business model has been pretty straightforward thus far: offer free and paid tiers of services with ad support and get it out to as many different devices and platforms as possible. However, a New York Post report claims the Hulu is working with Fox (one of its main owners) to require users to authenticate themselves by proving they subscribe to a pay-TV provider (such as a cable or satellite company). Much as you can't use HBO Go on the Xbox unless you enter your cable provider details, you wouldn't be able to use Hulu without similarly proving you were signed up for a paid TV service. The Post wasn't clear as to what this meant for the Hulu Plus service, as this would make the service useless for those looking to cut their cable service. It also said that this move "could take years" to complete — so Hulu users shouldn't worry just yet. Indeed, we'd have to see this before we believe it... it's hard to imagine such a move doing anything but enraging most of its userbase, and we wouldn't expect those who've cut their cable in favor of Hulu to change their strategy.

If this is true, I'm definitely dropping Hulu and you can probably kiss Hulu's business good-bye.

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nice.....Hulu probaly just poisoned itself....will be a slow death......Too many other avenues to "cut cable".....I havent used hulu since the pay service added Ads......not worth it. Can find it elsewhere or wait for the Netflix, DVD, or Vudu release

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lol what a bunch of dumbasses

bye bye hulu

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I like this; now even more suckers will have to overpay for Time Warner like I do.

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or...they'll return to their evil pirating ways and nobody will win

i don't use hulu anyway. its a piece of garbage.

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The networks are desperately clinging to their outdated revenue streams. They're all just going to slowly fade away if they don't seriously revamp their models.

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The networks are desperately clinging to their outdated revenue streams. They're all just going to slowly fade away if they don't seriously revamp their models.

Lol? Revamp models? This is America, where people complain and blame everyone else for their problems until it's too late to do anything until they are 20 miles deep into sh*t creek and they just lost their paddle.

Looking at you Wells Fargo and Bank of America, EA, and At&t.

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Never used it myself, but have friends who do. Ultimately I dont see that working out for them.

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Making things harder to enjoy only makes piracy a more desirable option. People don't want to pay for cable because it's a fairly blatant ripoff. They are forced to pay for tons of channels they have no intention of ever watching while rates go up every year at unrealistic rates.

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while trying to restrict internet usage more and more

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