Getting Paid

Of course not more than a week after I praise Hulu on this very blog, the overlords of Hulu at News Corp have forced me to eat my words. According to News Corp’s Chase Carey:

It’s time to start getting paid for broadcast content online.

Greg Sandoval (writer of the original article that intrigued me) has an interview today with Eric Garland, who is an expert in online piracy. According to him:

What you have is a very effective antipiracy tool in Hulu, and I’m specifically drawing on the numbers and not just citing anecdotal evidence. People really do prefer the Hulu experience. So you actually have cannibalization, for once, of a pirate market by a legitimate market. You have a legitimate market stealing share and audience away from a pirate market. Put that behind a subscription wall and they’ll just go back.

Not only does the paywall sound shortsighted and poorly thought out, but charging for content flies in the face of what these companies have done for decades. It’s only recently that they’ve been able to make significant amounts of money on home video sales. For most of their history, they’ve made their money selling advertising on free content – the model that Hulu follows today.


Posted on October 27, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Isn’t that how it always works? All good things and such. I agree that if people have to pay, they will go back to piracy (although I purchase House episodes from iTunes on occasion when my DVR has a meltdown so I can watch them on my TV).

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