Subscribers will have access to older episodes of current shows and a better selection of classic shows.
Rumors of Hulu becoming a pay site have been out there almost as long as the site's been up. After all, getting a ton of content for free is just a bit too good to be true. If the rumor is true though, non-paying visitors won't be losing out.
If you use Hulu to catch up on new TV shows, you shouldn't run into any problems when Hulu starts testing a subscription based service, called Hulu Plus, on May 24th. They still plan to offer the five most recent episodes of newer shows for free, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The subscription service will primarily allow access to older episodes. If you want to relive the first few seasons of 'Lost,' check out some old 'Saturday Night Live' sketches, or finally watch some shows you might have missed, like 'Arrested Development,' you'll have to shell out the cash.
Since many of the most popular shows in Hulu's back catalog are available on Netflix, and since Netflix is available in HD and on a huge range of devices, it's hard to imagine Hulu Plus succeeding with what they're offering.
Source: LA Times