"I would be very surprised if NBC/Hulu changed their online content delivery model right before the SNL season opener.
It ultimately depends on licensing."
Uh, isn't that what I said? NBC is the most committed equity partner/content provider of and for Hulu. They're not going to change their online content provisioning model abruptly. That would be a Bad Thing. Hulu is taking a swing at the pay-for-play content model right now which has failed for EVERYONE except the Wall Street Journal. They are not going to impose a sudden pay-lockout on SNL right before the season premiere.
I have worked professionally in this market niche, I must say.