Public Knowledge Disappointed With Hulu Move Behind Pay Wall

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and CEO of Public Knowledge:

"It is a shame that the owners of Hulu have decided to restrict access to the site's content to those with pay-TV subscriptions. By all accounts, the site was doing well supported by advertising, attracting millions of visitors every month.

"Restricting access to legal content will only drive consumers to find illegal content. In particular, we are concerned about restricting access to TV programming available over free over-the-air broadcasting. It should be available online, regardless whether anyone subscribes to cable or satellite TV. By putting more restrictions on consumer access to popular content, the entertainment industry only removes any justification for stronger "anti-piracy" laws it is perpetually seeking from Congress.

"The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was asked to include as a condition of Comcast's takeover of NBCU that subscription to a pay-TV service not be required for access to Hulu. It is a shame the Commission declined to do so."

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