Ahem.  Is this thing on?

They can’t be serious.  Or maybe they can.  EW is claiming that talks have been in the works about a possible subscription system coming in 2010, although there will probably still be some free content.

Ugh.  I thought the whole purpose of websites like Hulu was to add in commercial breaks, like you were watching in on TV, and thus the programming would remain free.  It’s a small price to pay to watch TV on my computer like I would on TV.

Ok.  So I’m not as outraged as I was when I first read that blurb on EW’s website.  Maybe it’s because it’s not as shocking as I thought it would be.  It seems that everything is going in the direction of “you must pay to use this service” crap.

But whatever, I guess.

There is no solid date as to when this will happen, but I expect maybe one of two things to happen.  1) it could take off immediately after the first of the year, OR 2) the system would have so many bugs that needed to be worked out that we wouldn’t see it until May or June.

What are your thoughts on free TV vs subscription services?  Do you think you have to pay for something you’ve been getting free all along, or for something that you are ALREADY paying for through a cable service provider?