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Hulu, the popular online site for watching television shows, is preparing to execute the toughest maneuver in digital media: moving from free to pay.

The service will begin testing a subscription offering as soon as May 24, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

Under the proposal, Hulu would continue to provide for free the five most recent episodes of shows but viewers who want to see additional episodes would pay $9.95 a month to access a more comprehensive selection, called Hulu Plus.

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