YouTube is preparing to launch fee-based subscription only channels starting this spring.
Gift cards are a great way to get access to some amazing subscription-based Web services available these days. It's a personal, approachable and easy to track down gift that fits a wide range of budgets. We've clipped on a couple simple gift cards to round things out a bit.
Around this time last year, The New York Times put up its content paywall. Unless you were a subscriber to either its printed papers or digital smartphone/tablet plans, you could only read 20 articles for free per month. Starting next month, you'll get access to half of that.
Apparently people weren't messing around when they were complaining about Netflix's recent price hikes: Netflix says the company expects to lose one million customers because of the pricing change. One million!
UPDATE: This morning the big rumor was that Netflix would be cranking up the cost of its DVD+streaming plan to $16, up from the $9.99 it was originally. Netflix has confirmed that's what's going to happen. New subs get hit immediately; current Netflix users will have to make a decision by September and can see the changes now in their accounts.
As it stands, when you throw down $10 for Hulu Plus, you get access to an expanded catalog as well as the ability to stream the service to devices other than your computer. Well, that offer must not be as enticing as the service hoped, because sources close to Hulu are saying that a price cut could be in the works. But is $5 still too much?
Right now, iTunes grants users the ability to download tracks and albums à la carte, though many of its competitors — including Microsoft's Zune Marketplace — give you access to all the music on the service for a subscription fee. Turns out, that may be something Apple is interested in as well.
If you charge someone for something they can get for free elsewhere, a lot of people won't pay. That's the simple reality of it. You pay for a newspaper, sure, but would you, say, subscribe to The Wall Street Journal online, when you could just read blogs? Rupert Murdoch tried to make that happen, but now everyone who isn't him hates it.
Let's not mince words: Hulu's free offerings have always been awesome, but Hulu Plus — the site's premium content service — has done nothing but confuse things. For $10, you're supposed to get access to a larger library and the...
Rumor has it that Hulu could begin quietly testing out its fee-supported service, called Hulu Plus, as early as next week. (If all the various content partners can agree to a mutually beneficial plan, that is.) For a service that we all know and love as essentially free, ad-supported television, what's in it for us to start ponying up cash?