Fox TV Shows Get Pay Wall

Fox Broadcasting plans to make its recently-aired TV episodes available on the Web only to paying subscribers, a new step as major broadcast TV networks consider reining in free Web offerings that could undermine their traditional advertising and subscription businesses.

Beginning in mid August, new episodes of Fox shows, including “Glee” and “Family Guy,” will no longer be available to watch for free on Fox.com or video site Hulu until eight days after they debut, Fox says. To watch before that, viewers will need to prove they subscribe to a participating TV service, or watch through Hulu’s paid subscription service, Hulu Plus. Programs will be available to paying subscribers the day after they air.

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