/Filmcast Ep. 135 – Unknown


In this episode, Dave, Devindra, and Adam wonder about the future of creative storytelling, try to parse David O. Russell’s thoughts on Uncharted, debate the merits of The Fifth Element, and explain why I Am Number Four is a huge steaming pile of number two.

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And with this, Hulu Plus is suddenly an essential subscription. Criterion added 150 titles to the paid subscription service yesterday, and will soon have 800 of the company’s library titles available to stream for those who pay $7.99 per month. Eight. Hundred. Films available now include Hausu, Ikiru, La Strada, Jules and Jim, L’Avventura, The Battle of Algiers, The Blob, George Washington, Grey Gardens, High and Low, and over 100 more.

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For his 24 encore, Kiefer Sutherland will continue to execute people. Or at least talk about it. The star of the now-canceled Fox action show has already filmed his next project called The Confession. It’ll debut exclusively on Hulu in March. Sutherland stars as a hitman who has an intense conversation with a priest, played by John Hurt, about the morality behind murdering people. The pair shot the series – which will run in 10, five minute segments – in New York in December. Read more about it after the jump. Read More »

Hulu Plus Drops Price to $7.99

Hulu Plus, Hulu’s premium service of questionable value, recently made its value proposition slightly better. Starting today, Hulu Plus is launching out of preview and lowering its price to $7.99 per month. They’ll also be launching on a bunch of new devices in the days to come. Hit the jump to hear more details.
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Hulu, the free web portal that offers ad-supported content from News Corp., NBC Universal and Disney to viewers in the US, has been planning for months to launch a paid subscription version of the service. A preview of the new paid iteration, called Hulu Plus, is being rolled out today. Read More »


In about 24 hours, Apple stores across the east coast will open and the eager public will finally get a chance to purchase the company’s latest computing creation: the iPad. My feelings for the table device have changed dramatically over the past few months, from “It’s too expensive, it doesn’t do anything I need it to do, it doesn’t have flash, and it’s kind of lame,” to “WANT NOW!”

In the past couple of days, a spate of iPad-related news has whet my appetite even further. Specifically, the iTunes store already has Netflix and ABC apps for the iPad, and a Hulu app is on the way.
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Don’t hurt me, I’m just the messenger. Yesterday, I wrote about Youtube considering rental options for independent films and other content, and now we have another free service looking to charge for content.  The LA Times is reporting that Hulu is currently looking for new ways of making revenue, and chief among them is a plan to charge for older TV episodes.

Hulu is considering limiting free episodes for some TV series to the latest five, and charging $4.99 a month for access to the rest. They are looking to offer at least 20 new and older series in this fashion to entice users. More concrete pricing plans could be announced within six months.

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Relax: Hulu to Stick With Free Ad-Supported Content


Last week, Hulu lovers across the Internet had a collective heart attack when a high ranking News Corp. executive expressed skepticism over their current strategy of making content available for free with ads. He went on to say that Hulu will probably start charging for content in 2010. Many in the tech blogosphere have already dismissed the exec’s rantings, and now EW has the official word (via a Hulu insider) that the exec had no idea what he was talking about. Their source stressed that hulu is “steadfastly commited to free content”, and that premium offerings down the line will build upon what the site already offers.

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