Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The other shoe

In his column "15 iPad mysteries remain" article Mike Elgan asked: Will free Internet content cost money on the iPad? and noted:
Publishing companies such as Hulu and a wide range of media companies are apparently mulling the idea of charging for content delivered to iPads that they give away on the Internet.
My response was:
Hulu may be planning to charge for content, but that's not an iPad issue. That's the reality that content publishers are all trying to figure out how to make money from the stuff they are currently giving away. And they'll have to either charge for it on the "free" internet as well, or provide some kind of added-value on the iPad.

Well, another shoe has dropped. The New York Times reports that Viacom will that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report of Hulu.
Unable to make the digital media dollars add up to their liking, Viacom will remove “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report” and other Comedy Central television shows from Hulu next week.
Source: The New York Times

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