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CBS May Finally Join Hulu … For A Price

by Sean P. Aune | June 29, 2010June 29, 2010 4:20 pm PDT

Ever since Hulu launched, there has been one notable holdout not joining the ranks, and that is CBS.  Well, if the rumors are true, no longer will users of the site be denied David Caruso’s CSI: Miami opening one-liners, they too will be able to join in the pain.

Rumors that Hulu will eventually offer some form of subscription service have finally been confirmed.  With the ability to now watch Hulu pretty much anywhere you want, and the company finally collecting cold, hard cash for its ware, we’ve heard that it may be part of what finally brings CBS to the service.

cbs heart huluFor whatever reason, CBS has not joined in the reindeer games of the other networks being on the Hulu service. Whatever that reason is is unclear, but it even led to parent company Viacom pulling the popular clips of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report a few months ago.  Hulu saw a dip in its traffic, and now you have to wonder if that was a bargaining chip as rumors have now popped up that CBS will join the service in Sept. for the launch of the fall television season.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, neither company is commenting at this time on the report, but it would seem to make sense that CBS would want in if there was a way for money to be made.  At a $9.99 per month rate, however, how much money can really be garnered by each network?  Has all of this holdout been over what will probably work out to a $1 a month (pure speculation on my part) for each network?  Oh boy, someone can upgrade from Styrofoam cups in the break room to the fancy plastic ones!

Whatever the case may be, it is time for CBS to finally join with the other networks and make Hulu into the true destination site for all of your online viewing of television shows it was always meant to be.

What say you?  Do you think this has all been a plot on the part of Viacom?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...