Hulu Plus launch this month? Not likely to happen

Have you been saving your pennies, searching through the couch for loose change and returning cans and bottles for deposits to get ready to pay the $9.95 monthly subscription for the "Hulu Plus" that was rumored to be launching later this month?

Spend it on a DVD.

The Wall Street Journal reports that people familiar with the company say a launch of Hulu Plus likely isn't even on the horizon.

The L.A. Times last month said the service could launch as early as May 24, next Monday. In its latest iteration, Hulu's trio of parents, NBC Universal, Disney and News Corp., were going to launch the Plus service as a hybrid offering free and premium content. Viewers would be able to watch the first five shows of recent hits like Glee, Fringe and Lost for free, but would have to register for Hulu Plus, and pay $9.95 a month for archived shows. The Times in a January Company Town blog suggested a hybrid would be offered for $4.99 a month, the most they believed that a catch-up service would be worth to viewers with a line up that really hasn't been fleshed out yet. Hulu, said the Times, wanted to have at least 20 series ready to offer.

For more:
- see this WSJ article

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