I think this is a loss for Viacom. I just sent this letter:
I just saw an article in the New York Times (http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/viacom-will-take-daily-show-colbert-off-hulu/?part ner=rss&emc=rss) regarding your removal of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report from Hulu.
The article implies that this is not a loss for your viewers, as the episodes will still be available on your website. However, I'm certain you are wrong.
Let's be honest about it. Americans are lazy. I certainly am. At the moment, I have a centralized system for viewing what little TV I watch all in one place: Hulu. Hulu is convenient for me. Hulu is easy. For me to stop using Hulu would be, for me, much like never using a supermaket again.
Let me explain.
Before supermarkets, grocery shopping was often done pievemeal. You bought bread at a baker, and produce at a greengrocer, and meat at a butcher, and so forth. Now, we have one stop shopping. Please, for the sake of sanity, tell me you recognize the popularity of the supermarket better than you seem to understand your own industry.
Now, imagine if Kraft stopped selling products in supermarkets, and opened Kraft stores. Do you really think that I'm going to go on a special shopping trip for my macaroni? Or do you think I'll stop buying Kraft products?
Hulu also offers me several advantages over and beyond your internal site. The most important of these is that Hulu Desktop is well suited for use on an HTPC. Your site? Not so much. Secondarily, Hulu has Chuck, and House, MD, and the other shows I watch. Your site? Not so much. Finally, Hulu has a consistent experience that I'm comfortable with, and don't have to think about -- in other words, it's my TV. Your site? Not so much.
I would suggest to you that, by pulling shows from Hulu, you will be precipitating a startling decline in viewership online. And, unfortunately, web users hold grudges. will you ever get them back?
Aren't "machine-to-machine connections" the definition of a data connection? Are we connecting to an abacus, or a man with a cable in his belly button?
I do question whether "limited" implies deactivation, or throttling, or filtering of certain connection types (P2P, streaming video, etc.). I do think calling any plan which is artificially limited "Unlimited" is pretty scummy, though.