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Month: October 2009

Free TV on Hulu, Your Days Are Numbered!

Chase Carey, the deputy chairman of the co-owner of Hulu, says the site will start charging users to access content as early as 2010.

“It’s time to get paid for broadcast content online,” Carey said at the B&C On-Screen Summit in New York. “I think the free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content. I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value. Hulu concurs with that, it needs to evolve to have a meaningful subscription model as part of its business.”

It seems like Hulu’s days alive are numbered as well, with many voicing their displeasure on Gizmodo. If Hulu was not making money before, why did we have to sit through all those commercials? I, for one, feel that Hulu would not be viable as a pay service, as what is provides is available in other free forms, albeit with less-streamlined methods (i.e. torrents, home-made DVR, etc.)

Windows 7 Release

I went into Best Buy today to pick up a copy of Windows 7, which I had been excited about since I had started using the Release Candidate. My overall plan was to pick up a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium for my wife’s laptop and Windows 7 Professional for my desktop. However, I found out two things today:

  1. Microsoft is now selling a Family Pack of their operating system. This is three licenses of Windows 7 Home Premium for only $30 more than the Windows 7 Home Premium Single-User Upgrade. While Apple has done this for years, I applaud Microsoft for this marketing decision.
  2. There is the option of purchasing an “upgrade” from Home Premium to either Professional or Ultimate. This ran about $90 for the Professional upgrade.

Needless to say, I picked up the Family Pack. At some later time, if I decide that I cannot bear with Home Premium any longer, I can pickup the “upgrade” to move to Professional. Honestly, the only thing I really want in Professional is the automatic backups, but I think I can work around this. Time will tell.