Who will pay for old 'B' movies, and TV episodes you can find for free on other sites?
yeah, this has been in the works for some time, from what i understand. somewhere along the line, and i'm not sure of all the specifics, but behind all of this are rupert murdoch and comcast. at least, that's what i've heard people in the tech community say.
can't the networks just be satisfied people are willing to watch their dumb shows and sit through the commercials? isn't that enough? do they absolutely HAVE to ass fuck people as much as possible at every turn? what makes a proposed fee structure even more insidious here is that the ad rate per viewer on hulu is FAR higher than that of television due to the focused nature of the audience who have specifically and explicitly CHOSEN to be there viewing what they're viewing. it's a perfect fit for any advertiser from multiple angles. butt... noooooo... that's just not enough.
thank god there's always bittorrent. these networks, record labels, movie studios etc. need to understand that their competition is not other studios or labels. their competition is piracy. they're not doing a particularly good job of competing. a great start would be if they simply tried a little.