Hulu introduces paid service

I'm not sure how typical they are of their generation, but my 26-year-old daughter and her husband recently canceled their cable TV service because they found themselves watching most of their TV programs over the Internet, typically via

For the past three years, Hulu has been streaming thousands of free programs to PCs and Macs. Like broadcast TV, Hulu has commercials, but they are shorter than their TV counterparts. The company, owned in part by NBC Universal, News Corp., and the Walt Disney Co., is now launching a new paid subscription service.

Hulu Plus, which will cost $9.99 a month and be gradually rolled out, will feature all episodes from the current season of a show as well as full archives of entire back seasons. You can request a "preview invite" at

Not all shows will be available, but the library will include "The Office," "Family Guy," "30 Rock," "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives" and "Saturday Night Live."

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