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Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 07/27/2011

Fox to lock up Hulu, online videos for eight days


If you want to see Glee online for free, you’ll have to wait eight days. Above, cast members from the hit television show perform at the Verizon Center on June 9. (Bill O'Leary - The Washington Post)
Missed an episode of Glee? In the past, if a Gleek had an unexpected Thursday night appointment, he or she could catch the show on Hulu or Fox.com the day after it aired.

But soon, some fans will have to wait eight days to see Fox content online at Hulu or on Fox.com. Rather than throwing their already-aired content up on the Web for everyone to see immediately, the company said that it will require a username and password to prove that an online viewer has a paid subscription to see the content, i.e. a cable, satellite or Hulu Plus subscription.

And right now, the report said, Dish Network is the only cable service that’s signed on to the deal. The lockdown goes into effect Aug. 15.

The idea of authentication, of course, is not a new one, as The Los Angeles Times highlighted, as the television industry tries to stem the tide of “cord-cutters” taking away revenue from cable.

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