It’s already been neutered, now that you can only watch five episodes of a show at a time, but now Hulu is basically putting their business in jeopardy by charging people to use the website. There isn’t a timeline in place for when this will happen, but News Corp. Deputy Chairman Chase Carey hinted it would be sometime in 2010.
Here’s the thing — Hulu’s value is derived almost exclusively because it’s free. The people that watch Hulu, could easily switch to Casttv.com for example, or just Bit Torrent. It’s a risky gamble.