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Fox and Hulu Announce Mutually Ridiculous Plan

Fox and Hulu announced a farkakte new strategy today: Starting August 15, Fox will offer its next-day Hulu options only to subscribers to the Dish Network (or Hulu Plus). Non-subscribers will have to wait eight days to watch the shows, even though in regular, not-Internet life, those with and without the Dish Network can watch Fox programs on DVRs whenever they please, with equal impunity. Additional cable or satellite providers could, theoretically, get in on the authentication action, and ABC is apparently working on a similar deal. Yay, more restrictions on the increasingly undesirable Hulu. [NYT]