In a move that many have seen coming for a while now, Hulu has announced that they are discontinuing their free streaming service, which provided thousands of hours of ad-supported television programmers to viewers, in favor of a completely paid subscription service, which had previously been known as Hulu Plus. In the next few days, Hulu is expected to start offering free trial periods of the service in order to grab new subscribers, as part of their ongoing battle with other streaming services such as Netflix.
This move comes in concert with Hulu signing a deal with Yahoo! that will allow users to stream some new television programming through the new application Yahoo View. This will somewhat replace the old free version of Hulu, offering ad-supported streams of broadcast TV and up the last five aired episodes of some shows from ABC, NBC, and FOX. In essence, most of the original “free” Hulu service will now be available on this new app, while Hulu itself will become what Hulu Plus was. Got it?