Hulu is about to have some very cranky viewers on their hands (if they don’t already) as Fox has made the decision to pull next-day access to their series on the video streaming site, enforcing a new 8-day waiting period.
Hulu is a favorite for online video streamers who enjoy watching their favorite shows online, at their convenience, after they’ve aired on television. It used to be that viewers had access to all their favorite shows, for free, right after they aired on television. While they still have next-day access to some networks’ shows, they now have to wait eight days before watching new episodes of shows like Family Guy, Fringe, and other Fox series.
Fox didn’t only pull their free episodes from Hulu, but they pulled them from Fox.com as well. Only paid Hulu Plus subscribers and DISH Network subscribers will have access to next-day episodes. All other viewers will be greeted with a message asking them to sign into their paid cable or satellite TV account or to wait eight days.
Currently, Hulu viewers will be happy to know that ABC, NBC and other networks with content on Hulu, are still offering next-day episodes. However, it could be only a matter of time before these other networks follow in Fox’s footsteps. That would be bad news for Hulu, as non-paid users would be left in the dark for over a week before gaining access to all of their favorite shows.
Have you noticed that Hulu has stopped offering next-day Fox content? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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